Assistant/Associate Professor - School of Criminology and Justice Studies

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Assistant/Associate Professor - School of Criminology and Justice StudiesJob no: 502895
Position type: Faculty Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Criminal Justice
Applications Open: Sep 19 2019
Applications Close:

General Summary of Position:

The University of Massachusetts Lowell has a tenure track position open at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies (SCJS). Applicants with a research focus on courts/sentencing and/or corrections are encouraged to apply. The start date for the position is September 2020. We will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2019.

Responsibilities involve maintaining an active program of research, including pursuit of external funding, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses, supervising theses/dissertations, and engaging in departmental and university service. The ideal candidate will have completed the Ph.D. in criminology or criminal justice by the start of the appointment. Candidates in other related fields (sociology, psychology, political science, economics, social work, and public policy) with a research focus on courts/sentencing and/or corrections will be considered.

The School of Criminology and Justice Studies (SCJS) is housed within the University’s College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS). The College is the largest unit of the University, with 11 academic departments and over 200 full time faculty. FAHSS has experienced significant growth in recent years, including the hiring over 70 new faculty members, achieving a 70% growth in funded research expenditures, and the addition of several new interdisciplinary graduate programs.

SCJS enrolls over 700 undergraduate majors in Criminal Justice/Criminology, close to 400 master’s students, and approximately 50 doctoral students. The School offers an undergraduate degree in criminal justice, a master’s degree, four certificate programs, and a doctoral program with two concentrations: criminology/criminal justice, and terrorism/security studies. The School also offers two master’s degrees and a certificate program in security studies.

SCJS currently has 24 full time faculty members, including 18 tenure track professors, 3 teaching professors, and 3 visiting professors. Faculty members specialize in a wide range of scholarly topic areas, including victimology, policing, institutional and community corrections, biosocial criminology, organized crime, terrorism, violence, the classification, treatment and control of sex offenders, criminal justice technology, and a full range of global justice issues. Faculty members have expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research, with a high level of scholarly output. Externally funded research by SCJS faculty is currently supported by several million dollars in grants from major funding agencies. The School’s faculty collaborate and partner with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, while also working in partnership with faculty and organizations globally. SCJS is home to four high profile academic journals: Crime & Delinquency, Victims & Offenders, Democracy & Security, and Perspectives on Terrorism. SCJS faculty are also leading the new global community corrections initiative:

For more information about the School, please visit the homepage:

UMass Lowell and the School of Criminology & Justice Studies are dedicated to increasing multicultural and gender diversity in their faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to this goal, and encourage applicants to identify their strengths in this area.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • A Ph.D. in criminology or criminal justice is preferred. Applicants with PhDs in related areas—such as sociology, psychology, political science, economics, social work, and public policy-- will also be considered if they have a clear emphasis (teaching, research, and scholarship) in the area of criminology/criminal justice
  • Evidence of research and scholarship in the areas of sentencing and/or corrections
  • An initial record of high-quality scholarly output commensurate with the rank of Assistant Professor at UMass Lowell

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working on major grant-funded research projects
  • Experience working collaboratively with criminal justice agencies, social service agencies, and/or community groups

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applicants is received.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • CV
  • A detailed cover letter delineating his/her research and scholarship agenda over the next five years.
  • Statement of teaching interests and philosophy
  • Research statement
  • Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.

Posting updated 9/20/2019




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Posted: 9/21/2019
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