Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Director

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies major is a newly-approved interdisciplinary program within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) at the University of Denver. The College launched the CRES minor in winter 2019, in response to widespread interest among faculty, students, staff, and alumni. Since its inception, CRES has attracted nearly 50 minors and involved faculty from 16 CAHSS programs as well as the DU Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Morgridge College of Education, and Sturm College of Law. The University has committed to hiring four new tenure series faculty across three years to form the core of this program. This position is for the founding director, who will hold an initial term of three years, renewable by recommendation from the CRES joint-appointed faculty and appointment by the dean. Following the conclusion of the service as director, the candidate will remain joint-appointed faculty in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the CRES program. Therefore, the successful candidate must be suitable for a tenured appointment in the Sociology and Criminology department and will be expected to participate fully in the departments governance.

The Department of Sociology and Criminology is a department of active, productive scholars in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) with strong ties to the University's College of Law, Graduate School of Social Work, and other professional schools. We offer BA degrees in sociology and criminology. For a list of current course offerings, please go to: The department is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU and CAHSS place on its commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion . Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

The Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver invites applications for the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) Director position, beginning Fall 2022, with a joint appointment at associate or full professor level. The successful candidate will have a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the CRES program. Applications are sought from candidates with a strong record of CRES teaching, scholarship, and/or program building. Areas of specialization are open, but preference will be given to candidates who can also contribute to sociology and/or criminology electives that center on minoritized and historically underrepresented groups experiences.

Essential Functions

  • Work with CRES affiliated faculty to plan and design the initial curriculum for the CRES major.
  • Work with CRES affiliated faculty to develop program bylaws.
  • Lead the hiring process of three additional joint-appointed CRES faculty.
  • Engage in annual reviews of joint-appointed CRES faculty.
  • Teach one or two courses per year during the directorship, including core CRES courses and department electives in the candidates specialty area. Once the directorship term(s) is complete, candidate will teach a regular five-course load, across three quarters.
  • Advise CRES majors and minors.
  • Supervise staff support for the CRES program.
  • Contribute to the CRES programs sustainability in years following the directorship.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Established, recognized contributions in race and ethnicity scholarship.
  • Excellence in undergraduate teaching, including experience in teaching interdisciplinary courses.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their leadership, teaching, research, and service.
  • Experience working with minoritized/historically underrepresented groups, cohort/community building, and inclusive teaching pedagogy and practices.
  • Strong evidence of program-building and program management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills for classroom teaching and student mentoring.
  • Ability to work well with, listen to, and effectively communicate verbally with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other members of the DU and larger community.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in sociology, criminology or related field.
  • Tenured, at the rank of associate or full at current institution.
  • Experience in developing race and ethnicity curricula.
  • Demonstrated commitment to or experience working with minoritized and underrepresented groups.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong experience with development of a critical race and ethnic studies major and/or building interdisciplinary programs.
  • Experience and demonstrated commitment to building community among diverse constituencies on and off campus.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by September 17, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $75,000 - $97,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of interest that describes experience and qualifications with critical race and ethnic studies and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership.
  2. Curriculum vitae that specifies specialization and comprehensive exam areas.
  3. Teaching statement that outlines pedagogy.
  4. Three samples of scholarship.
  5. Evidence of teaching excellence. This includes 2-3 sample syllabi of most recent courses, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., peer review, student letters of support, original student evaluations, etc.), a list of courses taught previously, and any other artifacts of teaching excellence (e.g., sample assignments).
  6. One-page statement describing how the candidate’s research, teaching, and/or service contributes to DU's values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. [].
  7. Names and contact information for three references that the committee can contact.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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