Tenure Track Assistant Professor - Sociology

Department: Sociology
Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track
Specialization(s): Sociology/Criminology
Search #: 24-006

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) 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 and inquiry. Founded as a teacher’s college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of approximately 9,000 students, with significant external research funding, and offering graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. We seek to instill in all students the value of discovery with the liberal arts and sciences serving as a foundation for professional development and life-long learning. The University is located in New Haven, Connecticut, a city rich and vibrant with arts and culture, and home to many universities and with easy access to New York City 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 seeks a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in Sociology to begin August 2024. We seek a social scientist whose teaching and scholarly work takes a critical approach to criminology. The preferred candidate’s teaching, scholarship and service will contribute to the department’s commitment to antiracism, intersectionality, equity, and social justice. All areas of specialization in criminology will be considered.

The successful applicant will work with colleagues committed to social justice and diversity. Students at Southern express a variety of sociological interests that complement our faculty expertise in critical criminology, urban sociology, and intersectional approaches to contemporary social problems. The department oversees a B.A. in Sociology, B.S. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and a M.S. in Sociology emphasizing the study of Social Justice. The department also serves popular concentrations, including Women's and Gender Studies, Criminal Justice, and Racism and Intersectional Justice Studies. 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 regional university and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, mentoring, and research with undergraduates and graduate students. All faculty at SCSU share in academic advising and participate in department and university service. Faculty members' typical teaching load is 12 credits per academic year semester and includes teaching, service responsibilities, and reassigned time for scholarship.

Required Qualifications

The candidate must have completed a Ph.D. in Sociology, Criminology, or related fields by the time of appointment. The candidate must show evidence of ability to teach university level core courses in sociology (e.g. research methods, statistics, sociological theory, and/or senior capstone) and criminology (e.g. introduction to criminology and/or criminology theory). The candidate must demonstrate a strong potential for scholarly activity that takes a critical approach to criminology.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference may be given to candidates with experience teaching a range of courses in criminology and sociology 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 that highlights the candidate’s approach to diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in the classroom, research statement, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. All application materials must be submitted electronically to Criminology Search committee Chair at SOCsearch1@southernct.edu. For best consideration, materials should be received by Friday, March 1, 2024. The position will remain open until it is 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.