Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Criminology, Christopher Newport University

The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Christopher Newport University invites applications for a tenure-track position in criminology, effective August 2024. Our interdisciplinary department offers majors in sociology, criminology, anthropology, and social work. We are seeking a criminologist or sociologist who will expand the ranks of our faculty and who will contribute to our rapidly growing criminology major. While the area of specialization for this position is open, preference will be given to candidates who have active research agendas or established teaching strengths in gender, sexuality, and crime; inequality and crime; and/or victimization. In addition to teaching upper-level undergraduate courses in their area(s) of specialization, the successful candidate will also have teaching responsibilities in core courses in support of the criminology major, which could include introduction to criminology, criminological theory, research methods, and/or senior seminar. The nominal teaching load for tenure track appointments is 3-3. We seek a teacher-scholar who is committed to undergraduate education, who will engage with a diverse group of students in and out of the classroom, and who will pursue a robust research agenda in their area of expertise. A Doctoral degree in sociology, criminology, women and gender studies, or a closely related field is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. A J.D. alone is not sufficient for consideration. In some cases, exceptionally well-qualified candidates may be considered for appointment at a higher rank, and ABD candidates who will not hold the doctorate by the time of appointment may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor.

The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology, or SSWA, offers the B.A. in Sociology with majors in Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology; the B.A. in Social Work; and minors in Sociology, Criminology, Anthropology, and Geography. The SSWA faculty consists of 16 full-time faculty positions representing all fields encompassed in the department. Over 300 students are currently navigating our integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum, and an average 80 students receive their undergraduate degrees in one of our programs each year. SSWA also houses two research centers, The Center for Crime, Equity, and Justice Research and Policy (CCEJ) and the Center for Education Research and Policy (CERP), each with robust policy-oriented research agendas and extensive local and state-level relationships. Our facilities include a newly remodeled state-of-the-art statistics and GIS computer lab with laser projectors, iPads and handheld GPS devices for each student workstation, drones, digitization tablets, and a large-format plotter; a bone lab housing our extensive collection of equipment and model bones for physical anthropology and archaeology; a secure data lab for restricted-use datasets, and an observation lab for focus groups, simulation and role-playing, and professional skills development. Our goal is to develop students into critical thinkers, readers, and writers who go on to become global citizens with compassion, communicative skills, and knowledge to help others. In new faculty we always seek excellent teaching, promising scholarship, supportive collegiality, and the ability to inspire passion for research in our students. Candidates wishing to know more about the department and its academic programs are invited to visit

Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in “The 388 Best Colleges: 2023 Edition,” Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Our Fall 2022 incoming class presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.76 and 1180, respectively. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as 2nd among public regional universities in the South and 5th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus. Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. The University is among the highest ranked in the nation for its quality of life and innovative spirit. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the workplace. For further information, please visit our website at

To apply, please visit to upload a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement articulating how your teaching, scholarship and service would contribute toward fostering an inclusive learning environment on campus, additional evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation. (Letters should be uploaded with application materials or emailed to

Review of applications will begin at 11:59 PM ET on 10/13/2023. Applications received after 11:59 PM ET on 10/13/2023 will be accepted but considered only if needed. Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check. Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.