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Position Title: Assistant Professor - Justice Studies 

Institution: San Jose State University 

Department: The Department of Justice Studies

Contact Name: Human Resources

Contact E-mail:

Job Description: The Department of Justice Studies at SJSU invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. 

Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. with research and teaching expertise as described below
• Scholarship in Criminology, Criminal Justice Studies, or related fields with emphasis in any of the following areas: policing, community corrections, juvenile delinquency and justice, gender and sexuality, violence, and/or community health.
• Strong record of teaching excellence
• Active research agenda with substantial potential for publications and funded research
• Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experiences.

Preferred Qualifications

• International expertise
• Online teaching experience
• Ability to teach research methods and writing courses
• Research and teaching that can enhance department emphases in Criminology, Criminal Justice Studies, Legal Studies, Human Rights, and Forensic Science.

Responsibilities: The position requires that selected candidate, among other responsibilities, will:

• Maintain effective teaching in the Justice Studies undergraduate and graduate programs, including teaching required skills courses and providing guidance for graduate student research projects
• Actively participate in departmental and campus governance, including curricular development, planning and implementing departmental activities, on campus activities, and supporting student success
• Develop and maintain an active research and publishing agenda
• Advise students, collaborate with faculty in other department programs and elsewhere, and perform professional service to the University, community, and academic profession
• Contribute to a team of dedicated professionals who skillfully address the needs of a student population of extraordinary diversity–in age, cultural background, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, primary language, life and work experience, and academic preparation–through course materials, teaching strategies, professional engagement with campus life, and advising.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: August 15, 2019

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure: For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by January 15, 2019 to Additional materials may be requested if placed on a shortlist. Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

Justice Studies is a high-profile department in the College of Health and Human Sciences at San José State University, SJSU—located in downtown San José, CA, “the capital of Silicon Valley.” Established in 1930, the Department of Justice Studies is distinguished as one of the first degree-granting programs in criminal justice in the United States. The department prepares students for entry into a technologically complex and culturally diverse society as justice-oriented professionals who promote healthier communities and take leadership roles in the evolving justice landscape. The department's current focus is on strengthening its five pillars: 1) Criminal Justice Studies, 2) Criminology, 3) Forensic Science, 4) Legal Studies, and 5) Human Rights.

The department's 2 graduate programs offer master's degrees in Justice Studies and Global Criminology, preparing students for more advanced graduate study or managerial and research positions in justice serving organizations. In addition to the 2 MS degree programs, it offers 4 BS degrees in Justice Studies and Forensic Science, 4 minors, a graduate certificate in Family Violence, the award-winning Record Clearance Project, and 5 affiliated student and alumni groups. The team consists of 14 professors, 30 lecturers, 2 office staff members, and over 900 majors. SJSU Justice Studies alumni are among the most prominent professionals in policing, corrections, nonprofit services, legal, and related professions. For more information about the department, please go to:

This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in a career at an institution that is a national leader in graduating URM students. San Jose State University has achieved HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) designation; 40% of our student population are first-generation students and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, the university is ranked fourth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. San José State University is California's oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California's most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 32,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic, gender, and other perspectives.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. The latest San José State University Safety 101 Uniform Campus Crime and Security Report is available. You may request a copy of San José State University's annual safety report by contacting the University Police Department at (408) 924-2222 or by visiting the University Police Department website at (

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Run Date: 11/20/18-05/20/18
Date Posted: 11/20/18

Position Title: Clinical Assistant Professor

Institution: University at Buffalo
Department: Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Contact Name: Shelley Kimelberg
Contact E-mail:
Phone: 716-645-0722
Job Description: The College of Arts and Sciences, The State University of New York at Buffalo, seeks to hire a Clinical Assistant Professor to teach undergraduate courses in support of the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program’s (IDP) proposed new minor in Nonprofit Leadership. Candidates will also be expected to contribute courses to IDP’s existing majors in Health & Human Services and/or Urban & Public Policy Studies. The successful candidate should be able to design and deliver courses focused on topics such as nonprofit organizations; program and policy evaluation; philanthropy and fundraising; and/or civic engagement and public service, as well as courses in his/her area of expertise within Health & Human Services and/or Urban & Public Policy. Applicants should identify which courses they would be prepared to teach in the Teaching Statement. In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will help to recruit and advise students in the program. The incumbent will hold a PhD in a relevant field, be a dynamic teacher in his or her specialty, and have excellent interpersonal skills. IDP is an undergraduate program consisting of six interdisciplinary concentrations (Health & Human Services; Urban & Public Policy Studies; International Studies; Environmental Studies; Legal Studies; and Cognitive Science) that draw courses from across 27 academic departments in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, and the Arts within the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). This is a 10-month appointment. The normal teaching load for a Clinical Assistant Professor is four courses per semester (eight courses across the fall and spring semesters). Teaching load may be adjusted depending on service and administrative assignments. The initial appointment will be for a three-year term with possible reappointment. UB is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

• PhD in a relevant area of study in hand by time of appointment.
• Demonstrated success in undergraduate teaching and/or strong indicators of teaching ability.
• Ability to recruit and advise students.
• Excellent communication and leadership skills and ability to work as a team player.

All application materials should be submitted via UB Jobs. Application materials submitted directly to the posting contact will not be acknowledged and cannot be considered.

Run Date: 02/11/19-05/11/19
Date Posted: 02/11/19

Position Title: Teaching Fellow in Sociology 

Institution: Augustana College, Rock Island, IL 
Department: Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Welfare 
Contact Name: Sherry Docherty 
Contact E-mail:
Phone: 309-794-7312 
Address: 639 - 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201 
Job Description: Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Welfare - Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for a full-time Teaching Fellow in Sociology beginning in August of the 2019-2020 academic year, with possible renewal for the 2020-2021 academic year. Augustana College is a selective liberal arts college of approximately 2,500 students, including 29% first generation college students, 23% Pell Grant students, 21% students of color, and 9% international students. Our beautifully wooded and largely residential 115-acre campus is located in Rock Island, Illinois, a diverse Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities metropolitan area along the Mississippi River with 400,000 residents about three hours west of Chicago and 45 minutes east of Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa. Strengthening our diverse and inclusive community is central to the college’s mission and strategic plan. We seek applicants with an interest in fostering rigorous, inclusive, and high-impact learning environments for a diverse student body. The successful candidate will be able to teach Gender in Society, Introduction to Sociology, and additional courses as needed within the candidate’s area of specialization. The successful candidate will also contribute to the first-year student experience by teaching in the college’s first-year inquiry program and/or offering January-term courses aimed at first-year students. The teaching load is six sections for the academic year. Preference will be given to candidates who have earned a PhD in Sociology; ABD candidates will also be considered. This is a one-year appointment, but may be renewable upon mutual agreement. The College places a high priority on creating an environment supportive of the promotion of ethnic minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. The college is also committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Thus, we are particularly interested in candidates form underrepresented groups with a demonstrated passion for social justice and working with diverse student and community populations. We require no campus service (e.g., committee work, student advising, or admissions activity) from a Teaching Fellow, although fellows are welcome to become involved beyond their teaching as they are inclined. Augustana College is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds. We do not discriminate based on age, race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or creed and strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position. Details about Augustana College, our expectations of the faculty, the selection process, and the Quad Cities all are available at Teaching at Augustana. Questions may be directed to the chair of the department, Dr. Paul Croll, . Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. A complete application includes: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copy of graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and contact information for three references. To apply, please email application materials to using the subject line: Search #120-19 Sociology Fellow, and directed to Jessica Schultz, Associate Dean of the College. Alternatively, application materials can be mailed to: Search #120-19 Sociology Fellow, C/O Jessica Schultz, Associate Dean of the College, Augustana College, 639 – 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201.

Run Date: 02/18/19-04/19/19
Date Posted: 02/19/19

Position Title: Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology 

Institution: University of West Georgia 
Department: Sociology 
Contact Name: Dr. Winston Tripp 
Contact E-mail:  
Phone: (678) 839-6505 
Address: 1601 Maple St Carrollton, GA 30118 
Job Description: The Department of Sociology at the University of West Georgia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting August 2019. A PhD in sociology is required at the time of appointment.We seek candidates with teaching and research interests in race/ethnicity, and prefer candidates who have teaching experience in research methodology (broadly construed) or theory. Successful candidates need a strong commitment to teaching (in person and online), an active research agenda, and dedication to service to the university and community. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three individuals who can speak to their qualifications for this position. These materials should be sent in PDF format to Dr. Winston Tripp, Search Committee Chair, at . Applications received by March 22, 2019 will receive full consideration. We welcome applications from women and minorities. The University of West Georgia is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Employment Opportunity Employer/Americans with Disabilities Act Institution. Interested applicants are invited to visit the department website at Located 45 miles west of Atlanta, the University of West Georgia is classified as a Doctoral Comprehensive University by the University System of Georgia. On a residential campus with over 13,700 students, the university offers more than 100 degree programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. UWG’s Sociology Department comprises nine tenured/tenure-track faculty, three lecturers, and growing academic programs, including BS and MA degree programs. It is the policy of the University of West Georgia to follow federal law in regards to affirmative action and equal opportunity. The University of West Georgia’s affirmative action program and related policies are developed in compliance with Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, as amended; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Sections 503 & 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II) and their implementing regulations; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as it amends 38 U.S.C. 4212. Please be advised that should you be recommended for a position, University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy requires the completion of a background check as a prior condition of employment. UWG is a qualifying employer under the Department of Education Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF). This program provides student loan repayment and forgiveness for qualifying loans for eligible full-time employees. See for more information

Run Date: 02/26/19-03/26/19
Date Posted: 02/27/19

Position Title: Learning Director 

Institution: We The People - Michigan 
Contact Name: Art Reyes III 
Contact E-mail:  
Phone: 810-210-9745 
Job Description: Position Description: Learning Director, We The People About We The People: We The People works to build multi-racial, working class organizing capacity, alliances, and infrastructure across the state of Michigan focused on building proactive and unified vision of a Michigan rooted in economic, racial, and social justice and works toward building long-term governing power in our state. Position: We seek a full-time Learning Director that will take responsibility for creating learning systems within the organization that allow us to evaluate and strengthen our work over time. They will work to document our work and make it legible to our funders, allies, partners, and others in the community organizing and social movement space. They will work to develop quantitative and qualitative evaluation practices, promote learning culture within the organization, build strong relationships across We The People staff, partners, and funders, and document our work through written reports. This is a unique position that will require someone that is passionate about learning and evaluation in the community organizing sector. The position will report to the Executive Director, Art Reyes III. Ideally the position will be based in Detroit, though location within Michigan is flexible for the right candidate. A note about the position: At We The People, we have a radical commitment to learning. We believe that learning is central to successful organizing and social movement work. It requires us to act with humility, listen to people, and remain open to adaptation over time. We also believe that at times, honest learning can be implicitly deprioritized or disincentivized among organizations seeking funding from donors, foundations, national organizations, etc. We believe that there is an argument to be made that community organizing groups are, at times, treated as intermediaries between funders and the communities in which they work. Funders determine the agenda (which issues, geographic focus, tactics, etc.) and organizations carry the agenda out. In this case, development or fundraising staff are often put in a position to paint the work of the organization in the best possible light and cater the work to the desires of funders. This often removes agenda-setting power from our communities and hinders honest self-evaluation and learning. It is in this vein, that we reject the notion of hiring a Development Director, and instead seek to hiring a Learning Director that will prioritize learning and cultivate our relationships with funders as learning partners in the service of the work. Primary Responsibilities: The Learning Director will: • Build and maintain learning systems within our team that allow us to reflect on our work in the short, medium, and long-term. • Build quantitative and qualitative evaluation processes to help us learn from our work. • Build strong relationships with our staff and partners, and craft deliberate learning spaces (meetings, convenings, etc.) with our team and with partners to reflect on key learnings in the work. • Support We The People staff in data-management best practices and ensure that we are tracking data relevant to short, medium, and long-term learning and evaluation. • Partner with researchers and academic partners to explore relevant research questions in our work. • Build and maintain strong relationships with current and potential funders of our work. • Assist in writing and developing funding proposals and completing grant reports. • Documenting our work in meaningful ways that allow for learning and reflection. • Writing thoughtful and compelling evaluation of our work for funders, partners, and others in the community organizing and social movement space. • Work to execute goals and metrics set forth by We The People. • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis. Job Requirements: We are seeking a Learning Director that meets the following requirements: • At least five years of experience in research/evaluation, non-profit development, program development or management, or other relevant experience within community organizing, labor, non-profit, or philanthropic sectors. Or graduate degree in the social sciences and relevant research and evaluation experience. • A natural sense of curiosity and deep commitment to learning in the community organizing and social movement spaces. • Organized systems thinker. • Experience with setting up or managing data systems. • Ability to interpret data in ways that raise meaningful questions and make our work legible to our funders, allies, and others in the organizing and social movement space. • Ability to build relationships internally and externally. • Ability to build relationships with We The People funders and engage them as learning partners. • Excellent writing skills, strong editing skills, and ability to work through a writing process with others. • A learning mentality and willingness to learn as part of the team. • Ability to practice showing up for co-workers with consistent follow-through and good communication. • Willingness to speak up, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, adjust plans to ensure successful completion of goals, and be part of the solution. • People with experience as development staff or organizational leadership responsible for fundraising frustrated with a broken system and seeking a better way are encouraged to apply. Compensation: This position is full-time. Salary starts at $52,000 with room for negotiation for more experienced candidates. This position includes full health, dental, and vision benefits, generous paid leave and holidays, and professional development opportunities. To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to with the subject WTP Learning Director Position. We The People is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, people of color, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Run Date: 03/08/19-04/08/19
Date Posted: 03/08/19

Position Title: Lecturer 

Institution: Northern Arizona University 
Department: Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice 
Contact Name: Stephani Williams 
Contact E-mail:   
Address: Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Job Description: Northern Arizona University’s Criminology and Criminal Justice Department invites applications for multiple LECTURER appointments on the Mountain Campus beginning August 2019. These positions are teaching focused, non-tenure eligible, and are expected to be continuing contracts with potential for promotion. Renewal is contingent upon successful completion of a probationary year, effective performance, and department needs. The teaching load for non-tenure-track faculty is 4-4 for the academic year. The Lecturer appointment is a valued position within the NAU Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, with full participation in faculty governance and service. The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice seeks candidates who will contribute to department degree programs and efforts to advance teaching & learning. A Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology or a closely related field at time of appointment and one-year University teaching-related experience. Candidates must be willing to teach core courses required for the BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Run Date: 03/20/19-04/20/19
Date Posted: 03/20/19