Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Alabama at Birmingham

The UAB J. Frank Barefield, Jr. Department of Criminal Justice invites applications for an Assistant Professor tenure-track position with a start date of August 15, 2024. We seek applicants with research and teaching emphases in race/ethnicity and crime. Areas of research specialization focused on race and/or ethnicity, broadly defined, could include (but are not limited to) racial/ethnic disparities in victimization, courts and corrections, policing, and public policy issues related to criminal justice. Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or a related discipline (with a substantive and demonstrable research focus in criminology and criminal justice) from an accredited institution. ABD candidates will be considered but must have a Ph.D. by the start date. The JD alone is not sufficient for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities: Applicants will be expected to maintain an active independent research agenda relevant to the discipline that includes peer-reviewed publications, student mentorship, and engaging in service activities to assist the program, college, university, and discipline. Teaching will include courses in the undergraduate and M.S. programs in Criminal Justice, with a 2:2 annual teaching load.

Applications should be submitted through UAB PeopleAdmin at

Required electronic attachments to the online application include: (1) a cover letter briefly describing interest in the position and relevant expertise, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a detailed research statement, and (4) a separate document with the names and contact information of three scholars willing to provide letters of recommendation. Sample course syllabi and teaching evaluations are optional.

The review of applications will begin on September 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Tara Warner, chair of the search committee, at

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or a related discipline (with a substantive and demonstrable research focus in criminology and criminal justice)
  • Strong program of research in race/ethnicity and criminology/criminal justice
  • Excellent potential to contribute to departmental teaching needs in undergraduate and graduate race and crime courses

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to contribute to other areas of department strength or areas for growth
  • Potential to secure extramural research funding
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching criminal justice courses, including online courses.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) treasures the rich diversity of our student body, and we are committed to their success. Members of the CAS community are expected to reflect our value for inclusive excellence in our work and learning environment and in our efforts to serve and engage the community.