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Assistant Professor, Sociology/Criminology

University of La Verne
La Verne Central Campus

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Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Sociology
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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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 per academic year (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, 2022). However, we will consider candidates who will successfully defend and complete their dissertation prior to the start of the Fall 2022 semester (late August 2022). 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.


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. Please note that all applicants must apply electronically through the applicant tracking system via the ULV website, and emailed applications/resumes will not be accepted. 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] Initial review of applicants will be completed by early February. Final date to submit applications is January 31, 2022 to be considered for the position.

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The University of La Verne is a 124 year old, independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in southern California with an emphasis on research and publication. Classified by Carnegie as a Community-Engaged University, La Verne offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels to traditional-age and adult learners. The main campus is located in La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 40% of the student population identifying itself as “Hispanic/Latino,” 55% students of color, 10% international students, and a large proportion first-generation. All programs have high retention and graduation rates for underrepresented minorities.  The University has a strong commitment to diversity and places a high priority on creating an environment that supports the growth and success of underrepresented and underserved populations.

The La Verne Experience is at the center of a strategic plan that is focused on serving an ethnically and economically diverse student population, one that is representative of the demographics of California.  The La Verne Experience pedagogical features include learning communities, theory-to-practice, experiential learning, community engagement and reflective practice.  Two prominent annual rankings of America’s Best Colleges - U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes Magazine recognize the University of La Verne as one of the nation’s top national universities. 

For more information regarding the University of La Verne, visit our website at

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