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Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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

Job Details

Job no: 864058
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice 10038206
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

The School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) at Michigan State University invites applications for a 9-month tenure-system position at the Assistant Professor rank beginning August 16, 2024.

The candidate must demonstrate expertise in the area(s) of life course or developmental criminology. Preference will be given to those who use a life course approach to study violence in developmental perspective, including gang and gun violence, domestic violence, or terrorism/extremism, and whose work seeks to identify the distinct behavioral, psychological, and environmental factors influencing the onset, persistence, and eventual desistence from such criminal behavior over the life course. We have a preference to hire someone working in longitudinal data analysis. A Ph.D. in criminology or criminal justice, or in a relevant social science field, such as economics, political science, psychology, public health, sociology, or social work is required. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. prior to the position start date and must have demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and research.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements
  • A Ph.D. in criminology or criminal justice, or in a relevant social science field, such as economics, political science, psychology, public health, sociology, or social work is required. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. prior to the position start date and must have demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and research.
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience working with longitudinal data analysis.
Required Application Materials

Please submit:

  1. letter of application that includes a description of professional experience, expertise, professional goals, and research and teaching philosophy;
  2. curriculum vitae;
  3. a diversity statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSUs commitment to inclusive excellence; and,
  4. names and contact information for three professional references.
Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on September 18, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Review of Applications Begins On



Department Statement

Michigan State University (MSU) is the Nation’s pioneer land-grant institution located in East Lansing, Michigan. MSU actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry. The SCJ is a national leader in criminal justice and criminology research and education. Housed in the College of Social Science, the SCJ has 23 tenure-system faculty members, including several with joint appointments in academic units and centers across the university. Currently, there are over 1,100 students enrolled in the SCJ’s doctoral, master’s, and baccalaureate degree programs. The School's faculty is committed to excellence in research and scholarship befitting a major research university (see the School’s website at: True to the pioneering land-grant mission of Michigan State University, the School has a strong and proud tradition of both advancing and translating knowledge into practice and policy through engagement with local, state, national and international partners in both public and private sectors. The School’s faculty, academic specialists, and outreach specialists are highly active in securing and implementing external grants and contracts to advance its mission.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: May 12, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 12, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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