Assistant Professor: Criminal Justice

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San Diego State University  

SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the twenty-three-campus California State University system. With more than 7,700 faculty and staff and 35,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the western United States. The University offers 91 bachelor degrees, 78 master degrees and 22 joint doctorates. SDSU is located less than 25 miles from the United States/Mexico border and places an increasing emphasis on international research and preparing students for a global future. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral-granting institution with high research activity and receives over $130 million in external research grants and awards annually. The student body is among the most diverse in the United States and the university is known for cultivating a welcoming environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence whether such diversity is presented through cultural, racial, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or veteran status.  As such, SDSU has received national recognition ranging from the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED), being one of the nation’s best universities for women as recognized by Professional Women’s Magazine, ranked among the Best Colleges for Veterans by the Military Times, and a top LGBT Friendly campus according to SDSU website:

SDSU Imperial Valley

Founded in 1959 on the original site of the first Calexico High School, SDSU-IV offers 12 bachelor’s and five master’s degrees, including a nationally-acclaimed teacher education program. With fewer than a thousand students, SDSU-IV provides a uniquely intimate educational experience. Due to its proximity to the Mexican border, the campus serves a diverse student body comprised largely of groups that are historically under-represented in higher education. Given the regional focus, responsive curriculum and community engagement, the SDSU-IV has become a powerful engine of economic growth for the region. The 2012-13 academic year saw the first class of 102 freshmen entering SDSU-IV through the Imperial Valley University Partnership, an innovative educational initiative undertaken by SDSU-IV, Imperial Valley College, and the Imperial County Office of Education that offers Imperial Valley students accessible, affordable, high quality education with a clear path to a Bachelor’s degree in four years.

The Division of Professional Studies

SDSU Imperial Valley’s Division of Professional Studies several programs stress both academic and practical experiences that prepare students for successful and productive careers in a variety of professional fields including Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Nursing, and Public Administration. Many of these programs are taught in an international or global context and focus on emerging transborder issues of concern to our region. The Division offers both undergraduate and graduate programs of study including three (3) undergraduate degrees, and one (1) graduate degrees.

Position Description (Criminal Justice):

The Division of Professional Studies at SDSU Imperial Valley is seeking a faculty member at the assistant professor level with evidence of a peer-reviewed research publication agenda and teaching experience for a Fall 2020 appointment. While the area of specialization is open, the CJ program seeks to hire a scholar who is collaborative and open to creating synergies with our existing faculty. We welcome applications from scholars with training in criminal justice or criminology, as well as in related disciplines, including but not limited to political science, public health, psychology, public administration, social work, and sociology. This position requires the expertise to teach core undergraduate courses in at least two of the following areas: restorative justice, corrections, community supervision, law enforcement, law and society, and/or research methods.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of our faculty, teaching and contributing to our collaborative programs is desirable. In addition to classes offered as part of the undergraduate major, the faculty hire will have opportunities to contribute to Masters of Public Administration curriculum offered through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.

To be in a better position to serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body, and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity and excellence on our campus, we actively seek candidates demonstrating experience working with or mentoring students from under-represented communities, as well as those whose research interests involve or integrate understanding of under-represented populations and communities.

Successful candidates must be able to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Professional activities and publications in the applicant's area(s) of expertise are required for promotion.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.


Applicants must have a doctoral degree in criminal justice or criminology or a related field by the date of appointment. Candidates should have demonstrated evidence of research publications, and the potential for program development and grant writing ability, with clear leadership potential in each of these areas being an asset. Salary will be commensurate to qualifications and experience. Application review will begin on October 7, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested applicants should apply via Interfolio: Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one writing sample, and contact information for three academic references. Additional materials will be requested from short-listed candidates at a later time.

Questions about this position should be addressed to:

Dr. Joshua Chanin

[email protected]

Chair, Recruitment Committee

Position in Criminal Justice (IV Campus)

School of Public Affairs

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA 92182-4505

Effective Date of Appointment: August 2020.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.




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Posted: 10/1/2019
Application Due: 11/30/2019
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