Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Criminology, University of Tennessee – Knoxville

The Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of criminology, beginning August 1, 2024. We are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to the Department of Sociology’s strength in social justice ( and whose research resonates with our three other departmental areas: critical race and ethnic studies; environmental sociology; and political economy and globalization. Applicants must demonstrate promise of distinguished scholarship and excellent teaching and will be expected to seek external funding as a condition of tenure and promotion. A Ph.D. in Criminology, Sociology, or a related area is required at the time of appointment.

The Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville has a strong international reputation for excellence. We have built a mutually supportive and collegial atmosphere in which scholars make a variety of important contributions to research, teaching, and public engagement. The Department and the University are seeking candidates who can contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Currently, the University has more than 29,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. The City of Knoxville has an attractive and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants, and shopping. Trip Advisor recently named it a Top Ten Destination on the Rise. The Knoxville metropolitan area has a population of more than 907,000 and is located within easy driving distance to Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Review of applications will begin October 16, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Please upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one writing sample, research statement, and teaching statement to In addition, we require two confidential recommendation letters, which will be solicited from two persons whom the applicant identifies. Direct questions to Dr. Lois Presser, Search Committee Chair, via e-mail ( More information on the Department of Sociology is at

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.