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Assistant Professor of Criminology

  • Expired: January 19, 2023. Applications are no longer accepted.

The Department of Sociology and Criminology at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio invites applications for a full-time (9 months), tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin in fall 2023. The area of expertise in criminology is open. The ideal candidate will be a criminologist or sociologist who specializes in critical, social justice-oriented criminology. These areas may include, but are not limited to: critical criminology, social inequalities and crime, race and mass incarceration, feminist and queer criminology, penology reform, abolitionist criminology, green criminology, and/or other critical areas in justice and criminological studies. Our future colleague will be expected to teach courses in criminology, develop a record of published scholarship, and perform service to the department, college, university, and the surrounding community. The teaching load for this position is 12 credits (typically comprised of three 4-credit courses or two 4-credit courses, one 3-credit course, and one 1-credit course) each fall and spring semester.

The Department of Sociology and Criminology houses undergraduate majors in criminology and sociology and minors in criminology, sociology, and social justice. Department faculty currently offer community-engaged courses and partake in interdisciplinary scholarship. With this position (and a second dedicated to sociology), the department has opportunities for growth in these and new directions. In the cover letter or teaching statement, we ask that candidates speak to community engagement, interdisciplinary work, and/or other possibilities for engaging Capital students in active learning.

Qualifications: A PhD or ABD in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or a related field is required. The contract will be contingent upon having the PhD in hand by August 2023. A JD alone is not sufficient. Candidates who can contribute to the campus goal of increasing the diversity of the Capital community and curriculum through teaching, scholarship, or service related to racial justice and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will contribute to the current departmental course offerings in criminology, such as principles of criminology, the criminal justice system, ethics, and the capstone/internship and may be asked to teach courses in sociology and/or social justice. Additionally, we seek someone who will expand our undergraduate curriculum in criminology by developing courses in their area of expertise. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and a strong willingness to advise and work closely with traditional and non-traditional students. We are also interested in candidates who complement the department's existing strengths by using active learning pedagogies such as service-learning, problem-based learning, and project-based learning.

Application Process: To apply, go to and click on Assistant Professor of Criminology. Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • Letter of interest that specifically discusses teaching, research, and service
  • CV
  • Diversity statement that addresses advancing DEI outcomes in teaching, service, and research
  • Teaching statement that explores the candidate's desired teaching goals, pedagogical and classroom practices, and assessment of learning
  • The names and contact information for three professional references

Applicants considered for preliminary interviews via Zoom will then be asked in late February to furnish an unofficial graduate transcript and three letters of recommendation, including at least one letter that directly describes the candidate's teaching experience and commitment to student success. For full consideration, please apply by February 13. A review of applications will start on February 13 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Erika Flugge (she/her/hers), administrative assistant for the department, at .

Capital University: Capital University is enhanced by its location in the city of Columbus. Columbus is the 14th largest city in the nation, the fastest growing city in the Midwest, and Ohio's capital and most populated city. Rich in cultural diversity and the arts, Columbus is the center of the state's political activity, headquarters to several Fortune 500 companies, and ranks in Money magazine's picks of the ten best big cities. The tech and medical sectors in particular are growing.

Capital University is committed to increasing the diversity of the Capital community and curriculum. This commitment includes Capital's dedication to the development of faculty and staff who are committed to inclusive practices in teaching, learning, working and all other campus and community interactions. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information on Capital University, visit our website at

Capital University offers a rich benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement, family education benefits, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance and free parking.

Capital University is an equal opportunity employer, and supports a diverse and inclusive campus community. Capital University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion, sex, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by the law.

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Columbus, OH
43209 USA



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