University North Carolina Wilmington — Visiting Assistant Professor, Criminology

Position Title Visiting Assistant Professor – Criminology
External Link to Posting
College College of Arts and Sciences Admin – 32000 College
Dept/School Sociology & Criminology – 32450
Vacancy Number 16F-515
Position Number 381
Location of Workplace Main UNCW Campus

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of Sociology & Criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is seeking a 2 year fixed-term, nine-month, non-tenure track, Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminology beginning in August 2023 through May 2025 in the areas of quantitative data analysis, policy analysis, and program evaluation.

Upon initial appointment, the successful candidate will teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the program’s curriculum that may include data analysis, evaluation methods & policy, and courses in the successful candidate’s area of specialization, as well as other courses in the curriculum. Responsibilities include a four-course teaching load per semester.

The Department of Sociology and Criminology is committed to increasing knowledge of human societies from a broad diversity of perspectives and experiences, and believe that our students, our faculty, and our curricula are essential elements in that vision. We are seeking a colleague who shares that commitment and is interested in being an integral part of the department.

The successful candidates will join a department with strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts and engage in service to the department, college, and university. Our department actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment, and we encourage applicants whose research and or teaching prioritizes approaches that contribute to critical examinations of race, ethnicity, and/or gender.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • PhD in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or a closely related field on or before August 1, 2023.
  • ABD for the terminal degree may be considered if a doctoral degree is conferred by August 1, 2023.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated interests in the areas of

  • quantitative methods
  • program evaluation
  • demonstrated ability
  • teaching core courses in criminology at the undergraduate level
  • proficiency in teaching both face-to-face and online courses

Required Certifications or Licensure
No Required Certifications or Licensure

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Department of Sociology and Criminology ( at the University of North Carolina Wilmington has 26 full-time faculty members, over 350 undergraduate majors, and offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in sociology and criminology (general and public), including an online bachelor’s degree in criminology, and a Master of Arts in sociology and criminology.

College/School Information
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit and awards approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts and sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.

In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59PM EST on February 28, 2023, the posting closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application addressed to Criminology Search Committee Chair
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement reflecting upon ability to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through research, teaching, and or service (1-2 pages).
  • Portfolio/Work Sample syllabi for at least one course covered in the job ad (e.g., data analysis, evaluation methods & policy, and courses in the candidate’s area of specialization, as well as other courses in the curriculum).
  • List of 3 Professional references, if ABD one reference must be dissertation chair.
  • If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.

Please note that a minimum of three references are required for all applications. **if ABD one reference must be Dissertation Chair. References will be requested during the screening process.

Letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

For questions about the position or online application process, contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jacob Day at

Also note that, given the primary responsibilities for this position center around teaching, candidates should pay particular attention to their prior experience and/or potential contributions to teaching in their cover letter and diversity, equity and inclusion statement.

Position Type Fixed Term (faculty only)
Job Posting Date 01/27/2023
Job Close Date 03/13/2023

Applicant Documents
Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion
  4. Portfolio/Work Sample
  5. List of 3 Professional References

Optional Documents

  1. Other

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

1. * How did you learn of this faculty opportunity with UNCW?

  • UNCW or College Website
  • Direct Contact from UNCW Faculty or Staff
  • Professional Organization or Association
  • Listserv or Professional Job Board
  • UNCW Social Media
  • Higher Ed Publication (such as Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Higher Ed Jobs)
  • Diverse Publication (such as Diverse Issues in Higher Education, PHD Project, Hispanic Outlook, Women in Higher Education)
  • HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
  • Other

2. If you responded “other” above, please indicate where you learned of the faculty opportunity at UNCW.
(Open Ended Question)