Assistant Professor of Critical Criminology

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Job title: Assistant Professor of Critical Criminology
Hiring institution: West Virginia University
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia | United States
Application deadline: 11/17/2022

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Sociology with a specialization in critical criminology starting August 11, 2023. This is a nine-month, full-time, tenure-track position with full benefits. The successful candidate will complement and extend current faculty research and teaching expertise in criminology, inequality, social psychology, the sociology of religion, and cultural and archaeological anthropology. The department seeks an outstanding scholar whose research and/or teaching engages with (or has the potential to engage with) issues related to equity, social inequality and/or social justice.

The WVU Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers B.A. programs in sociology, criminology, and anthropology and has over 600 majors. The Department also offers a PhD in sociology. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is home to many scholars who contribute broadly to the area of social justice in research, teaching, public engagement, and activism. The Department also houses the Research Center on Violence, the Survey Research Center, the Religion and Society Research Group, the West Virginia Environment and Society Lab, and the Archaeology Lab.

WVU is an R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.


The successful candidate must have 1) a Ph.D. in Sociology, or a related field by August 2023; 2) demonstrated research and/or teaching interest in critical criminology; 3) demonstrated ability or potential to produce high-quality scholarship for publication; 4) demonstrated ability or potential to develop a robust and externally funded research program; 5) strong potential for outstanding contribution to the department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching and research missions; 6) strong methodological skills (qualitative and/or quantitative); 7) research and/or teaching that engages (has the potential to engage) issues related to equity, social inequality, and/or social justice. The teaching load is two courses or course equivalents per semester.

Review of applications will begin November 17, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a one-page research statement; (4) a one-page teaching statement; (5) complete contact information for three professional references. For more information, please visit our website Questions regarding this position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Walter S. DeKeseredy (

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia’s land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you’re a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU’s academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

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