Assistant Professor Criminal Justice

  • University of Nevada Reno
  • University of Nevada, Reno, North Virginia Street, Reno, NV, USA
  • Nov 06, 2019
Full time Education

Job Description

The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice position with a specialization in Diversity and Equity in the Criminal Justice System, to begin in August of 2020. Responsibilities include conducting research and teaching in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to the field of criminal justice, teaching criminal justice research methods, and efforts directed toward the creation and submission of funding proposals from external sources. The normal teaching load is 3/2, and the successful candidate will also be expected to develop new undergraduate and graduate courses as necessary. We welcome applicants from any empirical research methodological tradition, but expect a high level of sophistication and rigor. Competitive candidates will have a defined research agenda and possess a record of publishing in quality peer-reviewed journals. In addition to research and teaching expectations, the position will require service to the department, college, university, and community. The salary and start-up package for this position are competitive. 

The Department of Criminal Justice is part of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies, located within the College of Liberal Arts. The department provides students with a range of opportunities in criminal justice and justice-related professions, as well as graduate education programs. Through our three-fold mission of education, research, and service, we work to build students’ knowledge regarding the workings of the criminal justice system in the real world. The department is committed to producing students who are practitioner/philosophers, able to integrate academic knowledge into real world situations in order to effectively produce solutions. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the mission of the Department of Criminal Justice. Our faculty, staff, and students strive to foster an environment that is conducive to exploring, engaging, and expressing diverse perspectives, while remaining respectful of all identities. The Department, College, and University recognize that diversity promotes excellence in education, and the University is an inclusive, engaging, and outstanding place to work. The University, College, School, and Department recognize the added value students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience. Additional information about the Department of Criminal Justice can be found at 

The College of Liberal Arts is central to the intellectual and artistic life at the University of Nevada, Reno and is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusivity. The college emphasizes inquiry, discovery, and openness to new ideas and perspectives, and supports major scholarly research and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. The Latino Research Center and the Gender, Race and Identity Program are also housed in the College and provide opportunities for faculty to engage in interdisciplinary research and teaching.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public Research 1 land-grant institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 22,000, including over 3,000 graduate students. We are a comprehensive, doctoral university that has been classified as a Carnegie R1 institution with very high research activity. Nearly half of incoming students identify as being from an underrepresented group. In accordance with the university's land grant, tier one research institution mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has a dynamic intellectual, artistic, and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music and festival scene along the Truckee River. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city of 300,000 located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of 450,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and other major ski resorts, and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and for outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many U.S. transportation hubs and to Mexico.

To learn more about Reno and the surrounding area, please visit and

Required Documents to be attached in online application:

Please be prepared to attach the following documents to your application.

1) A complete Curriculum Vita.

2) Cover letter stating qualifications, experience, research agenda, external funding activity,  teaching experience/philosophy, and mentoring experience/philosophy.

3) Reference contact information for three professional references.

4) A brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

5) Transcripts (unofficial acceptable at the application stage) of doctoral degree.


Position is open until filled; however, first review of applications will begin 11/25/19. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

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Required Qualifications

A completed Ph.D. in Criminal Justice/Criminology or related field by July 1, 2020. (The J.D. degree alone will not be considered a terminal degree for this position.)

The competitive candidate will have a defined research agenda and must demonstrate experience or potential in applying for external funding.

Competitive candidates will have demonstrated excellence, or clear evidence of potential for excellence, in teaching.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates who would be able to teach courses and/or conduct research in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, research methods, juvenile justice, gangs, drugs, and/or immigration issues.

Evidence of, or potential for, strong external grant activity.

Evidence of attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching and/or service.

Salary Information

Assistant Professor; Tenure-Track, II