Assistant Professor – Sociology (Sociology/Criminology)

Department: Sociology
Rank: Assistant
Specialization(s): Sociology/Criminology
Search # 20-011




Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good.  Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston.

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities:

Southern invites applications from individuals who believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship.  Successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach.


The Sociology Department is seeking to hire a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in Sociology to begin August 2020. We are seeking a criminologist whose teaching and scholarly work emphasizes social justice and social equity. The successful candidate will enter as a member of a cluster hire initiative on mobility and social inequality. It is designed to encourage collaboration with faculty from contributing disciplines and to advance SCSU’s commitment to equity and social justice. Preference will be granted to candidates whose research and teaching interests have policy implications that promote equity. These may include reentry and integration, violence against women, restorative justice, and others.


The successful applicant will be working with colleagues who are committed to social justice and diversity. Students at Southern express a variety of sociological interests that complement our faculty expertise in criminology, urban sociology, and intersectional approaches to contemporary social problems. The department also serves popular concentrations, including Women's Studies, Criminal Justice, and Social Science and Medicine. The successful candidate will participate in curricular development in criminology and social justice broadly defined.


The candidate must be committed to teaching within a vibrant public liberal arts and sciences environment and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, mentoring and research with undergraduates. All faculty at SCSU share in academic advising and participate in department/university service. Teaching load is 12 credit-hours per semester.


Tenure-track faculty at SCSU are expected to pursue scholarship in their area of expertise. These activities include, but are not limited to, research leading to publication of books and/or articles in academic and professional journals, efforts to seek funding in support of research and teaching needs, and contributions to workshops and conferences.

Required Qualifications:

The candidate must have completed a Ph.D. in Sociology by the time of appointment. The candidate must show evidence of ability to teach university level courses and a strong potential for scholarly activity.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference may be given to candidates who have experience teaching a range of courses in criminology, sociology and criminal justice, who can contribute to our core curriculum and who have an established record of scholarship.

Application Process:

Please submit letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, a writing sample, teaching philosophy, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to:  SOC Criminology Search Committee Chair at  All application materials must be submitted electronically.  For best consideration, materials should be received by Friday, October 18, 2019.  The position will remain open until filled.


SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.