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Assistant Professor - Criminology and Criminal Justice

Northern Arizona University

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Assistant Professor - Criminology and Criminal Justice

Location: Criminal Justice
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606726
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Job Description

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice invites applications for a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor for the Flagstaff Mountain campus starting Fall 2023.

We seek a critically engaged teacher-scholar with a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research and encourage applications from candidates who are from underrepresented identities, as well as candidates who have experiences working with diverse populations.

Our department has a deeply democratic culture and values those who are committed to full participation in faculty governance and service. The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate a shared commitment to these principles and play a key role in building the department's capacity in this work through their research, teaching, and service.

The position is open broadly within criminology and criminal justice. The successful candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: borders and migration, indigenous justice, the impact of the criminal justice system on communities of color, diversities and inequalities, and/or community engaged research methods. Preference will be given to individuals who focus on issues in the Southwest relating to criminal justice systems (such as, though not limited to, justice policy, corrections, policing, and violence), though we encourage all interests. The successful candidate is expected to teach a 3/2 course load in the core curriculum of the undergraduate and graduate program and to offer courses that reflect areas of research expertise. Successful applicants must evidence a commitment to learner-centered pedagogies and to educating a diverse student population.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology or a closely related field by the start date.
  • Teaching experience as instructor of record at the university level.
  • Demonstrated success in research, such as publications and/or grant activity.

Preferred Qualifications

The department prefers teacher-scholar candidates whose application includes evidence of the following:
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: borders and migration, indigenous justice, the impact of the criminal justice system on communities of color, diversities and inequalities, and/or community engaged research
  • A research focus on issues in the Southwest relating to criminal justice systems (such as, though not limited to, justice policy, corrections, policing, and violence).
  • Demonstrated expertise in teaching courses such as Crime, Justice, and Native Americans, Restorative Justice, and/or the ability to create courses closely linked to systemic (in)justice for peoples in the Southwest, including Latine populations.
  • A dynamic, innovative, and active research agenda.
  • Ability to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in the core curriculum and in areas of research expertise.
  • Effective classroom teaching, innovative approaches to instruction and curriculum design, and effective support for student success.
  • Ability to work effectively, democratically, and collaboratively in a diverse university community.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606726, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting minimum and preferred qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research interests; (4) a statement of teaching philosophy; (5) a statement on your commitment and/or experience to diversity, equity and inclusion; (6) unofficial transcripts of all college-level work and graduate degrees; and (7) names and contact information for three references (if ABD, your committee Chair must be among the references). Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents. For more information, contact Luis Fernandez at [email protected].

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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