Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University

Faculty Tenure-Track Position

Law, (Im)migration and Social Control

Department of Sociology – Criminology and Justice Studies

Job #7702

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Sociology at Humboldt State University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position that will support a new major in Criminology and Justice Studies (CJS). The faculty in our Department are committed to teaching excellence, social justice and change. The successful candidate will be the person who best demonstrates a similar commitment along with other position requirements. The appointment will begin August of 2017.

RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: Rank and salary are dependent on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at:

Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about the benefits plans can be found at:

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned Ph.D. in Sociology, Criminology or related field from an accredited college or university is strongly preferred at time of appointment. Applicants with progress toward terminal degree completion by appointment date will be considered. Completion of terminal degree is required prior to the start of the second probationary year following initial appointment.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • Expertise and teaching experience in Law, (Im)migration and Social Control;
  • Ability to work well with others;
  • Commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  • Record of, or potential for, effective teaching using a variety of engaged pedagogies;
  • Commitment to social justice and change as evidenced through teaching, scholarship and/or service;
  • Record of, or potential for, involving students in research and scholarly activity;
  • Interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses (major, general education, etc.); and
  • Willingness to participate in the development of online learning experiences.

At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit:

Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.

PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates must be committed to teaching excellence, to building a strong research record, and to providing service to the University, profession and community. These responsibilities include: teaching; research, scholarship/creative activity; advising students; participation in campus and system-wide committees; maintaining office hours; working collaboratively and productively with colleagues; and participation in traditional academic functions.

Instructional assignments may include: Intro to Criminology and Justice Studies, Inequalities and Crime, Law and Society (Writing Intensive), Immigration, Critical Perspectives on Policing, Criminological Theory, Crime and Rural Communities, Research Methods, and a Graduate Research Methods Seminar. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students. During the first year of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester (6 weighted teaching units per academic year). The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure and promotion.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The Sociology Department offers a B.A. in Sociology, a B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies, and an M.A. in Public Sociology, Social Justice and Action. Students find an active and supportive departmental culture that surrounds coursework in criminological theory, methods, inequalities of crime and justice, law, policy & action. Faculty members teaching in this major come from multiple disciplines central to addressing current issues in crime, law and social justice. For more information please visit:

APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit electronically the following materials:

  • Letter of application;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy;
  • Application for Academic Employment:
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review);
  • Teaching evaluations (as available);
  • Sample syllabus (as available);
  • Three recent letters of recommendation (these may be emailed/mailed separately from the other application materials or submitted with the completed application);
  • List of at least three additional references with contact information; and
  • Supplemental Application for Academic Employment (Online Entry):

Additional application materials may be requested at a later time.

Submission of the application materials should be sent as a single PDF document, in the order listed above to:

In letter of application, please refer to Job #7702.

Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Sociology Department and CJS Major, or Humboldt

State University to:

Josh Meisel, Chair, Search Committee

Department of Sociology

Humboldt State University

One Harpst Street

Arcata, California 95521-8299

Phone (707) 826-3139 or (707) 826-4446


APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than September 16, 2016. Early response is encouraged.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. All CSU employees are obligated to respond to and report incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The successful candidate for this position will be mandated to receive relevant training on an annual basis. The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.


Job # 7702