Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Denver
United States

Assistant Professor of Sociology

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The University of Denver, the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, enrolls over 12,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Denver as a research university with high research activity. Comprised of nearly 2.6 million people, the Denver metro offers an array of activities for urban dwellers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. We are a department of 14 active, productive scholars in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences with strong ties to the University's College of Law, Graduate School of Social Work, and other professional schools. With roughly 300 majors, we offer BA degrees in sociology and criminology. Salary is competitive.

The University of Denver and Department of Sociology and Criminology value diversity, equity, and inclusion, a commitment by all constituents to create a transformative academic experience that embraces and engages diverse perspectives and communities. Faculty in our department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service. To read the department’s statement on inclusive excellence, please visit To see the University's statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion, please visit

Position Summary

The Department of Sociology and Criminology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2024. Areas of specialization are open, but preference will be given to candidates with a strong record of scholarship and teaching in Law and Inequality. For information about the department’s academics, please go to: 

Essential Functions

  • Ability to teach five classes over three quarters per academic year
  • Publish regularly (in peer-reviewed, scholarly publications)
  • Present research at scholarly conferences
  • Provide service to the department, College, and University, including work on various committees (e.g., the department’s Committee of the Whole)
  • Provide students with mentoring and academic advising
  • Continue and development new scholarly and research interests
  • May occasionally supervise additional independent studies or directed research

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Expertise in Law and Inequality
  • Excellent communication skills for classroom teaching, student advising, and mentoring
  • Excellent writing skills for publishing research findings
  • Excellent reasoning ability, given the extent and complexity of a faculty member’s role
  • Strong people skills, along with the ability to work effectively with all types of people
  • Basic word processing and computer-related skills
  • Ability to listen and effectively communicate verbally with students, faculty and administrative colleagues, and staff
  • Ability to write extensively

Required Qualifications

  • ABD in sociology, criminology or related field with expectation that degree must be completed by start of appointment.
  • Prior experience as the instructor on record in at least three in-person higher education courses preferred as well as evidence of the ability to publish.
  • The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to or experience working with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in sociology, criminology or related field at time of application.

Working Environment

  1. Standard office environment.
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
  2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

While the University's administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University's academic calendars are posted on the registrar's website (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar).

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) January 1, 2024.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range

The salary range for this position is $70,000-75,000

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of interest that describes research and scholarship as well as teaching experience/pedagogy.
  2. Curriculum Vitae that specifies specialization and comprehensive exam areas
  3. A one-page statement describing how the candidate's research, teaching, and/or service contributes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  4. Three samples of scholarship (E.g. chapters from dissertations, articles, book chapters)
  5. Names and contact information for three references

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Advertised: September 06, 2023
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