Assistant Professor in Sociology & Criminology

Butler University
Indianapolis, IN

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Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Sociology
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Sociology and Criminology at Butler University has openings for two tenure track faculty members with expertise in Stratification and Inequality. We seek two colleagues with strong research agendas and a commitment to inclusive, excellent undergraduate teaching to join our department at the level of Assistant Professor starting August 2023.

The successful candidates will have research specializations and teaching interests in one or more of the following areas: Race/Ethnicity, Class, and Gender; Urban Community; Global/Transnational Sociology; Immigration; Crime/Victimization; Law and Society; Public Policy; Political Sociology; and Social Movements. Special consideration will be given to candidates who provide evidence of promising research and teaching agendas in these areas, infuse critical perspectives in their scholarship and teaching, and can contribute courses toward our growing major in Criminology. Strong methodological skills (both qualitative and quantitative) are also preferred, as are candidates with an interest in exploring service-learning opportunities.

The teaching load for tenure track faculty is 3 courses per semester. In addition to teaching courses in their respective sub-fields there may also be opportunities to teach required sociology courses (i.e. Introduction to Sociology, Theory, Research Methods, Senior Seminar), to develop additional courses in criminology, as well as to contribute to interdisciplinary programs in International Studies, Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and/or Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies. Ideal candidates will have a commitment to directing undergraduate research and internships, implementing other engaged-learning pedagogies, and will have a record of supporting BIPOC, working class, and first-generation students. Candidates should have earned a Ph.D. in Sociology before August 1, 2023, and preference will be given to those who demonstrate a commitment to building an inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population.

Housed in Butler University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Sociology and Criminology has six full-time faculty. We offer degrees in sociology and criminology, with an optional concentration in social work and social policy within the sociology major as well as combined majors with psychology. The Department is committed to intersectional and critical approaches to the study of stratification and inequality, and is keenly interested in diversifying its faculty. Thus, we encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented groups in higher education. For more information about the department, see

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts of graduate work, teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching excellence, a representative sample of scholarly work, as well as a statement of research plans and a teaching philosophy that provides evidence of their commitment to fostering inclusive learning. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide at least three letters of recommendation.

Application materials should be sent electronically to [email protected]. For questions about the position, contact Dr. Stephen Barnard, Department Chair and chair of the Search Committee: [email protected]. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2022 and continue until the positions are filled.

Butler University is a comprehensive, liberal arts-based institution with a student population of 5,500 (4,500 undergraduate), located in a residential area of Indianapolis. Butler is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

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