University of Arkansas — Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology

Job Title: Assistant Professor
Department/School: Department of Sociology and Criminology
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Start date: August 15, 2022

Position Summary: The Department of Sociology and Criminology in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor who specializes in race, criminology, and criminal justice. Salary is very competitive, with a typical teaching load of two courses per semester. Successful candidates will have a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the African and African American Studies Program in Fulbright College. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment beginning in August 2022.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, or related social science discipline is required. We are seeking candidates with an active research agenda, evidence of scholarly productivity, a commitment to exceptional teaching, and those who can contribute to the Department of Sociology and Criminology graduate program. Successful candidates’ scholarship will intersect with issues of racial injustices and racial disparities in crime, victimization, and responses to crime. Successful candidates will be required to contribute to and teach in the interdisciplinary African and African American Studies Program (AAST), while preference will be given to those who contribute to the Department of Sociology and Criminology’s existing strengths in the areas of criminology, community, and inequality/stratification. In addition, strong preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to the department’s mission of diversity and inclusion.

About the Department of Sociology and Criminology: The Department is dynamic, productive, friendly, and student success-oriented unit in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. The Department offers undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Criminology, and an M.A. in Sociology, and affiliation with three research units: the Center for Social Research, Community and Family Institute, and the Terrorism Research Center. In addition to the African and African American Studies program, the Department participates in Latin American & Latino Studies and other interdisciplinary area studies programs. The Department is actively engaged with College and University DEI efforts, including the UA IDEALS Institute to enrich diversity and inclusion across campus and the state. The Department contributes to the larger university strategic mission that is part of eight priority areas that have been outlined in detail in the University’s guiding priorities. 

About the African and African American Studies: The African and African American Studies (AAST) program promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the history, culture, and identity of Africans and African Americans. Students may pursue African and African American Studies as a second major alongside a primary major in Fulbright College.

About the University: Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries. Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is a rapidly growing city in the Northwest Arkansas corridor that is consistently rated among the top places to live and work in the U.S. The University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The University of Arkansas is an NSF ADVANCE Grant Awardee (2021-2024) supporting institutional change for gender and intersectional equity in STEM departments and across campus.

Completed applications received by November 15th, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position. 

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Jeff Gruenewald, at

For a complete position announcement and information regarding how to apply, visit–Department-of-Sociology-and-Criminology_R0006757-1. 

Applicants must submit a cover letter/letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a brief statement regarding how equity, diversity, and inclusion factor into their teaching, research, and service. A list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of reference will be requested during the application process. If contacted, candidates will be required to provide both a written and verbal statement during the interview process regarding their contributions to diversity and inclusion.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Annual Salary/Benefits Package: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Appointment/Start Date: August 15, 2022

The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/EOE institution committed to achieving diversity in its faculty and staff. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially individuals who contribute to diversity of our campus community. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.