Assistant Professor, Sociology/Criminology

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Assistant Professor, Sociology/Criminology

Job Description Summary:

The Sociology Program at the University of La Verne invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Sociology with a specialty in Criminology. Research expertise and interest in one or more of the following areas will be given preference: race and policing; intersectionality and criminalization; crimmigration; and mass incarceration and criminal justice reform. In addition to teaching in their areas of expertise, candidates will be expected to teach at least two courses in the core (e.g., Research Methods, Sociological Theory, Senior Thesis, etc.) and one or more of the following classes (Introduction to Criminology, White-Collar Crime, Law and Society, Juvenile Delinquency, Criminal Justice System).

The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university founded in 1891 located in La Verne, California. The core values that we live by are Ethical Reasoning, Diversity and Inclusivity, Lifelong Learning and Community and Civic Engagement.

If you’re passionate about these values, join us at the University of La Verne!

Specific Duties:

In addition to teaching in their areas of expertise, candidates will be expected to teach at least two courses in the core (e.g., Research Methods, Sociological Theory, etc.). The regular teaching load is 3-3. However, new hires are given one-course reduction in the first-year.

Minimum Qualifications:

All applicants should possess a Ph.D. in sociology or criminology from an accredited institution at the time of appointment (July 1, 2021). However, we will consider candidates who will successfully defend and complete their dissertation prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester (late August 2021). The regular teaching load for new hires is six courses (3-3) per academic year, with a reduced teaching load of five courses in the first year.

Preferred Qualifications:

Consistent with the mission of the university and the department, the ideal candidate for this position should be a teacher-scholar who is a good departmental citizen and demonstrates a commitment to the principles of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Candidates should demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and a commitment to working with diverse populations. Additionally, we seek candidates with an active research agenda and the potential to secure external funding.

Benefits Summary:

Salary will be commensurate with experience and internal equity. Benefits include a comprehensive health and wellness plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse, and dependent children, a generous contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan, and a generous time off plan.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of a background check and employment verification.

U.S. News & World Report rates La Verne Online No. 1 in California for the third consecutive year and 24th best in the country. Washington Monthly’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners” rankings place La Verne No. 3 among private, 4-year institutions in California.

La Verne is Tier 1 in U.S. News 2017 “America’s Best Colleges” National University rankings for the seventh straight year, and again made Forbes “America’s Top Colleges” rating (WASC Accredited).


La Verne Central Campus

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, all applicants must submit (1) a letter of application describing qualifications for the position, including research and teaching interests, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for three professional references. The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts within thirty days of the hire date. For questions about the position contact Dr. Joseph Cabrera, Chair of the Sociology Program, at [email protected]

Review of applications will begin Friday, February 5th.

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Posted: 12/17/2020
Application Due: 6/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time