Arizona State University — Assistant Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Job # 16879

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor to begin August 16, 2022.  This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-track, academic-year (9-month) faculty position. We encourage applicants to apply who would enhance the inclusiveness and diversity of our School.

All tenure-track faculty in SCCJ engage in research, teaching, and service. Successful applicants must demonstrate the ability to contribute to the core research mission of the SCCJ. Although applicants with specializations in any substantive area within criminology and criminal justice will be considered, preference will be given to those with expertise in one or more of the following areas: correctional psychology; econometrics as related to crime and crime trends; media and crime; sexual assault/domestic violence; race, ethnicity, and justice; or substance abuse treatment.

About the School:

The SCCJ is housed in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, a comprehensive public research unit at ASU with a student body of over 7,122 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 57 percent of whom are students of color.  SCCJ is a nationally-recognized leader in higher education and is highly regarded for its distinguished faculty and research productivity as evidenced by it being ranked the #2 best program in criminology and criminal justice program in the United States by US News and World Report. 

The SCCJ offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in criminology and criminal justice; a master’s degree in crime analysis; undergraduate concentrations or certificate programs in correctional studies, criminal investigations, juvenile justice, law and human behavior, legal issues in criminal justice, policing, and victims studies; and graduate certificates corrections leadership and management, crime analysis, homeland security, and law enforcement administration. In addition, the SCCJ offers upper-division courses in Yuma and Lake Havasu City, AZ; these programs are designed to allow students who already hold an associate’s degree to complete the Bachelor of Science degree by taking in-person classes.  And SCCJ proudly offers its Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, and Master of Science in Crime Analysis degrees online, allowing students from around the globe to earn highly-valued degrees from one of the leading criminology and criminal justice programs in the world. For more information about the SCCJ’s opportunities for research, instruction, practice, student internship experience, and community-based service learning opportunities, please visit our website at 

The SCCJ is conveniently located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus in the heart of the fifth largest city in the United States. Our proximity to major criminal justice agencies enhances the opportunities for instruction, practice, student internship experience, and community-based service learning opportunities.  The successful candidate will engage in scholarly research, teach on-campus and online, serve on committees, mentor students, and perform other duties as assigned by the Director of the School.  

Job Duties:

Successful applicants must demonstrate the ability to contribute to the mission of the School in research, teaching, and service. The specific responsibilities of the position include: teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice; conducting research and publishing scholarship within the person’s specialty area(s); seeking external funding to support scholarly research; engaging in service within Arizona State University at the school, college, and university levels; providing service to the community and the profession; and participating in curriculum development, program planning, and student advisement.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in criminology, criminal justice, or a related social-scientific field from a regionally-accredited university; and
  • Candidates should have strong evidence of (or demonstrated potential for) excellence in research and teaching.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Substantive specialization in one or more of the following areas: correctional psychology; econometrics as related to crime and crime trends; media and crime; sexual assault/domestic violence; race, ethnicity, and justice; or substance abuse treatment.
  • Demonstrated experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals or academic press books;
  • Demonstrated experience writing grant proposals;
  • Demonstrated experience teaching at the undergraduate or graduate levels; and 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success while working with broadly diverse student populations.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
The SCCJ actively seeks and supports a culturally diverse faculty and student body. We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience teaching, mentoring, and developing research in ways that effectively address individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds.  Our School, and indeed the entirety of our University, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of our state, to maintain excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.  ASU is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, political affiliation, veteran’s status, or any other basis protected by law. 

Application Instructions:
To apply, please visit  Applicants must submit all of the following materials through an Interfolio dossier. Complete application materials must contain the following items:

  1. A letter of application in which you describe your fit with the assistant professor positions relative to the qualifications listed in this advertisement;
  2. A complete curriculum vitae or résumé that details the applicant’s educational and professional history; 
  3. A one-page (maximum) statement of the applicant’s research agenda;
  4. A two-page (maximum) statement of teaching philosophy that includes the applicant’s experience with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  5. The names and complete contact information (titles, organization affiliations, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) for three professional references. At least one reference needs to be a current supervisor or chair.

Interviews will be held at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Applicants are expected to give a research presentation if invited for an in-person interview. A background check is required prior to employment.

Application Deadline
The initial application deadline is Friday, October 8, 2021 at 5:00p.m. Arizona Time (which is always Mountain Standard Time since Arizona does not observe daylight savings). Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they are received until the position is filled.

This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, and reference checks. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Please direct all questions about the position to The School Director at (602) 496-5260.

About ASU:
Arizona State University is a comprehensive public research university named #1 in the United States for innovation for the sixth consecutive year, followed by #2 Stanford and #3 MIT. Our ASU Charter indicates that we measure our success not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities we serve.

We are also committed to advancing anti-racist policies and practices as described in a recent statement by President Crow in support of our Black students, faculty, and staff (available online at: ).

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis protected by law. For complete statements on ASU’s non-discrimination policies, please refer to: and

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