Job Opportunity: Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology, University of Arkansas

Job Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology
Department/School: Department of Sociology and Criminology
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Start date: August August 12, 2024

Position Summary: The Department of Sociology and Criminology in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology, with an exceptionally well qualified Associate Professor having the possibility of tenure, to start in August 2024. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment. This tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position entails conducting research leading to publication, engaging in creative and/or scholarly activities, designing graduate and undergraduate courses, developing and implementing new methods of teaching to reflect changes in the field, providing curriculum material, constructing syllabi, leading classroom instruction, writing and administering exams, mentoring and evaluating students, creating interest and understanding among students, serving on various faculty- and student-oriented committees, providing service on campus an in related professional organizations, and participating in faculty governance in the department and on campus. This position will also directly support the Terrorism Research Center (TRC) in Fulbright College by contributing to ongoing externally funded projects and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students in independent research. Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

About the Department
The Department is a very dynamic, productive, collegial, and student success-oriented unit in Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. The Department offers undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Criminology, and an M.A. in Sociology, and affiliation with three research units: and affiliation with three research units: the Center for Social Research, Community and Family Institute, and the Terrorism Research Center. The Department participates in African and African American Studies, Latin American & Latino Studies, and other interdisciplinary area studies programs. The department contributes to the larger university strategic mission that is part of eight priority areas that have been outlined in detail in the Chancellor’s guiding priorities. For more information, please visit
Duties will include:
• 40% Teaching
• 40% Research
• 20% Service

Minimum Qualifications:
With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate
• A Ph.D. in sociology, criminology, criminal justice, or related social science discipline from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the start of appointment.
• A record of developed research agendas examining extremist crimes (e.g., terrorism, violent extremism, hate crime, mass violence, etc.) and/or criminal justice responses to extremist crimes.
• Demonstrated ability to directly support the Terrorism Research Center in Fulbright College by contributing to ongoing externally funded projects and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students in independent research.
• Demonstrated ability to contribute to one or more areas of departmental strength in: general criminology, inequality / stratification (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality), community, and / or health.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated ability to examine whether and how race, ethnicity, and / or other interlocking forms of inequality (e.g., gender, social class, and sexuality) shape outcomes in their respective fields.
• Demonstrated success as a collegiate educator through experience building an inclusive scholarly environment through teaching, mentoring, research, outreach, and service
• Ability to be an active, involved, and collegial member of a collaborative faculty team both on campus and in relevant organizations.

Completed applications received by 10/25/2023 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.
For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Jeff Gruenewald, at
For a complete position announcement and information regarding how to apply, visit
Applicants must submit
• a curriculum vitae,
• a cover letter/letter of application,
• an academic excellence statement addressing the following prompt: Describe how you plan to contribute to the values of Fulbright College and the mission of the University of Arkansas, specifically in Sociology and Criminology, and
• a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number) willing to provide letters of recommendation if requested during the application process. Letters of recommendation will be requested only for candidates selected for interviews.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Annual Salary/Benefits Package: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of
employee salary.

The University of Arkansas: Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.
Fulbright College: The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 3 schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. The Fulbright College promotes these ideals and welcomes applicants who foster an inclusive environment through an open exchange of voices and ideas from populations of diverse backgrounds.

The Community: Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, and is known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country’s finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus. For more information, visit: and

Culture in Northwest Arkansas About Fayetteville About University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/EOE institution committed to achieving diversity in its faculty and staff. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially individuals who contribute to diversity of our campus community. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.