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Assistant Professor: Criminal Justice

San Diego State University
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Assistant Professor: Criminal Justice
Public Affairs

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Nov 22, 2021

The Criminal Justice program in the School of Public Affairs is seeking a faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor for a Fall 2022 appointment. The position requires teaching core criminal justice courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, through different modalities, including face-to-face, site-specific, and online. Specialization is open, but are interested in scholars focusing on border issues/organized crime, white collar and corporate crime, law/courts, comparative criminology/criminal justice, and alternatives to traditional justice systems. Our program is especially interested in critical perspectives. A doctoral degree in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, or a related field by the date of appointment is required.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria:
  • are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline,
  • have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline,
  • have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students,
  • have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research,
  • have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group,
  • have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities,
  • have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or
  • have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria.

San Diego State University
SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California's Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation's Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. 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.

College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA)
The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a “laboratory for learning” and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership, and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU and PSFA's strategic goals, who will sustain excellence in their research, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity. PSFA website:

School of Public Affairs
The School of Public Affairs in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts delivers five degree programs: undergraduate degrees in Public Administration and in Criminal Justice, and master degrees in City Planning, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration. Our combined enrollment in these five degree programs is over 1,200 students. The School of Public Affairs emphasizes excellence in research, teaching, and service to the community, the University, and the profession. Please see our School of Public Affairs website:

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in criminology or criminal justice, sociology, or a closely related field, by the date of appointment. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and be able to work with students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Candidates should possess a strong research agenda and capability as demonstrated by an appropriate history of professional growth activity. This will include publication in refereed journals, professional conference participation, grant activity, as well as other evidence of an active research program. Candidates will be expected to contribute to our program’s ongoing work with community-based and government agencies.

Application Instructions
To apply, visit

Candidates should submit:
  • Cover Letter (addressing how the candidate meets the qualifications, BIE criteria, details their research and research agenda, teaching philosophy and effectiveness, and service activities)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diversity Statement (where candidate addresses the BIE criteria)
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Writing Sample (published or unpublished work)

Apply via Interfolio. Application review will begin on January 18th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Effective Date of Appointment: August 2022.

Questions about this position should be addressed to:

Dr. Kimberly Kras
Recruitment Committee Chair
San Diego State University
School of Public Affairs
5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4505
Email: [email protected]

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed 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.

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 requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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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