Teaching Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology

Job description

The Department of Sociology and Criminology is a department of active, productive scholars in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with strong ties to the University's College of Law, Graduate School of Social Work, and other professional schools. We offer BA degrees in sociology and criminology.

The University of Denver, the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, enrolls over 12,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Denver as a research university with high research activity. Comprised of nearly 2.6 million people, the Denver metro offers an array of activities for urban dwellers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

The University of Denver and Department of Sociology and Criminology value inclusive excellence, a commitment by all constituents to create a transformative academic experience that embraces and engages diverse perspectives and communities. Faculty in our department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service. To read the departments statement on inclusive excellence, please visit http://www.du.edu/ahss/sociology/inclusive_excellence.html. To see the Chancellors statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion, please visit https://www.du.edu/equity.

Position Summary
The Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver invites applications for a full-time Teaching Assistant Professor position, with a focus in criminology/socio-legal studies, in our teaching professorial track (non-tenure track), beginning September 1, 2021. The successful candidate will teach eight courses over three quarters (two-three per quarter). Courses will be concentrated in the University common curriculum, which includes Criminology, as well as Social Problems or Introduction to Sociology, First-Year Seminars (writing-intensive courses for freshmen), and Advanced Seminars (writing-intensive courses for juniors and seniors). The candidate should also contribute to our internship course, to our criminology and sociology departmental electives, and to academic advising. Appointments at the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor will typically be made initially as a three-year contract. Subsequent renewal and/or promotion to Associate rank is contingent on formal performance review. The Teaching Professorial Series provides opportunity for promotion and advancement within the series (3-year, 5-year, and 7-year contracts).

Essential Functions

  • Teach eight courses per year, including First-Year and advance seminars, university common curriculum courses, and departmental core courses and electives.
  • Contribute to departmental internship course.
  • Provide students in the program with academic advising.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrates teaching excellence.
  • Demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy.
  • We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.

Required Qualifications

  • ABD in Sociology, Criminology, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Sociology, Criminology, or related field.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by on January 1, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Amie Levesque, Search Committee Chair at or Dr. Lisa Pasko, Department Chair at

Salary Range
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae--specifying specialization and comprehensive exams areas
  3. Teaching statement
  4. Evidence of teaching excellence
  5. Samples of scholarship (Optional)
  6. A separate, 1-page, inclusive excellence statement describing how the candidates research, teaching, and/or service contributes to inclusive excellence.
  7. Names and contact information of three references that can provide letters of recommendation. Letters will be collected at the interview stage.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 493296
Posted: 10/29/2020
Application Due: 12/28/2020
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable