Arizona State University — Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Race/Ethnicity, Racial Justice, and Social Justice

Pool Recruitment for Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Race/Ethnicity, Racial Justice, and Social Justice the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice 

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 Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellow position to start in 2022-2023 academic year in the area of race/ethnicity, racial justice, and social justice. Post-Doctoral Fellows are full-time, 9-month positions with the possibility of conversion to tenure-track faculty positions. Salary is based upon qualifications. Individuals employed as Post-Doctoral Fellows may not hold multiple, non- benefits eligible appointments at Arizona State University. 

About the School:
The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions’ SCCJ is a nationally-recognized leader in higher education and is highly regarded for its distinguished faculty and research productivity. The college has a student body of over 7,122 undergraduate and graduate students, with over 57 percent students of color. The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. To learn more about the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice visit: 

The postdoctoral scholar selected will join a cohort of 10-15 other postdoctoral scholars at ASU as part of the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The goal of the program is to support the career development of outstanding Ph.D. recipients with great potential for advancing the ASU Charter into a future tenure track appointment at ASU. The program seeks applicants whose professional preparedness, experience, and accomplishments are informed by experiences working with and within groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States. Where pools of qualified applicants are strong, priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate, through prior actions and achievements, intentional and actioned commitment diversity, equity, and inclusion. Examples of such contributions are research or creative activity focused on empowering underserved populations; teaching, mentorship, and service that increases equitable access; and inclusion in fields where historically excluded populations are underrepresented. 

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice has committed to provide individualized mentorship and career development to ensure each candidate is well prepared to succeed in a future tenure track appointment. Career development and community building will also occur through programmatic support at the ASU Graduate College’s Postdoctoral Affairs Office. 

About Arizona State University 

ASU is a large, comprehensive, research university and for nearly two decades, has transformed into the “New American University,” one dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. By our Charter and Design Aspirations, we center inclusion and success as values that drive the enterprise; adopt inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning as ways to address society’s greatest challenges; and develop innovative partnerships to produce master learners across the lifespan. To learn more about ASU, visit 

Job Duties:
Post-doctoral scholar will work under the mentorship of one or two faculty members and will collaborate on research studies to focusing on racial/ethnic fairness in the criminal justice system and/or theoretical developments in this area. It is expected that post-doctoral fellows will spend the majority of their time developing research projects, project management, writing manuscripts, and applying for external funding. 

Required Qualifications:
Successful applicants must demonstrate the ability to contribute to the mission of the School and College through scholarship. In addition, the following qualifications are required: 

  • Applicant must have a Ph.D. or expect to receive a Ph.D. in a relevant field of study (e.g., criminology, sociology, psychology) by the start of the appointment. 
  • Study issues relating to race/ethnicity, racial justice, and/or social justice in the justice system. 
  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as working with in broadly diverse settings/populations. 
  • Applicant must demonstrate strong scientific writing skills and have the skills to publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals. 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively.

This position is located at the Arizona State University at the Downtown Phoenix campus. All postdoctoral fellowship positions are for one year. Options for an additional one or two years of funding or a transition to a tenure track position may be offered, depending on each fellow’s progress and training needs. Faculty tenure track appointments will require a process of review within the designated tenure home unit.

Application Procedure:
To apply, please visit (job #17117) Applicants must submit all of the following materials through an Interfolio dossier. Complete application materials must contain the following items: 

  1. A curriculum vitae or résumé that details the applicant’s educational and professional history, as well as the applicant’s complete contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address). 
  2. A statement no more than 3-pages which includes the following: 
    • Your interest in this position and your fit relative to the required and desired qualifications 
    • A statement of research agenda and career plans. 
    • A paragraph summarizing your experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion 
  3. Information for three references (name, title, organization, email address, phone number). At least one reference needs to be a current and/or past supervisor. 
  4. Two published papers or other recently written scholarly work. 

Inquiries can be directed Ojmarrh Mitchell, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair 

The initial application deadline is March 11, 2022 at 3:00p.m. Arizona Time. 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 were received until the position is filled. 

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University welcomes and encourages diversity. 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. Arizona State University 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, Vietnam era veteran status or any other veteran’s status, or any other basis protected by law. 

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: 

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