Assistant Professor – Sociology - Criminology (Special Appointment)

Special Appointment - Faculty Position Announcement

Department: Sociology
Rank: Assistant Professor   

Southern Connecticut State University is located in New Haven, Connecticut. New Haven is an ethnically diverse city with over 33% of the population identifying as African American and over 30% identifying as Latinx and over 5% identifying as Asian. The student population at Southern Connecticut State University consists of over 17% identifying as African American, over 13% identifying as Latinx, resulting in an approximately 38% minority student population. 

Brief Description of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Sociology seeks to fill a full time, visiting faculty member for the 2023-2024 academic year to begin August 2023. The teaching load for this position is four courses per semester.  The position has the opportunity for up to two additional years of renewal and candidates may be eligible for future open tenure track positions. Potential applicants must be prepared to educate BA Sociology majors, BS Sociology with a Concentration in Criminology majors, and MS Sociology students. Primary responsibilities will be teaching across the undergraduate and graduate programs; active engagement in scholarly activity; department and university service; professional activity; community engagement; and student advisement. This position will focus on instruction in the areas of criminology and sociology core coursework.

Required Qualifications

The candidate must be A.B.D. or have completed a Ph.D. in Sociology or Criminology by the time of appointment. The candidate must show evidence of ability to teach university level sociology or criminology courses, including online and hybrid course instruction. The candidate must be prepared to teach criminological theory, criminology-themed coursework and contribute to the core curriculum (e.g. introductory courses, research methods, social theory, and capstone). The candidate must demonstrate effectiveness in working with and teaching diverse populations.

About the University and Department

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 vibrant community of approximately 9,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston.

The Department of Sociology has BA, BS and MS programs, with enrollments of approximately 211 undergraduates and 20 master’s degree students per year. The department’s mission is to provide quality sociology curriculum to undergraduate and graduate students and to advance knowledge through study, practice, and research. The department embraces a critical criminological approach to the instruction and research of criminology.

Southern faculty believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship or creative activity. Thus, successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach that can enhance our current efforts and mission. 

Application Process

Please submit letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, teaching portfolio (e.g. teaching philosophy & statement on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations), graduate transcripts, writing sample and three letters of recommendation (one of which must attest to the teaching skills of the candidate) to:  SOC Criminology Search Committee Chair at  All application materials must be submitted electronically.  For best consideration, materials should be received by Friday, June 2, 2023.  The position will remain open until filled.


Southern Connecticut State University 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 encouraged to apply.