Teaching Assistant Professor, Socio-Legal Studies

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

We are a department of active, productive scholars in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 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. The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Sociology and Criminology are strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places 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 a full-time Teaching Assistant Professor position, with a focus in socio-legal studies, in our teaching professorial track (non-tenure track), beginning September 1, 2022. The successful candidate will teach eight courses over three quarters (two-three per quarter). Courses will be concentrated in the socio-legal curricula, which includes electives as well as core major courses, First-Year seminars, and Advanced Seminars (writing-intensive courses for juniors and seniors). Appointments at the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor will be made initially as a three-year contract. Subsequent renewal and/or promotion to Associate rank is contingent on formal performance review. The Teaching Professorial Series provides opportunity for promotion and advancement within the series (3-year, 5-year, and 7-year contracts).

Essential Functions

  • Teach eight courses a year, engage in the advising of majors, and complete other service to the university.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellence in undergraduate teaching, including experience in teaching socio-legal courses.
  • 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, justice policy, or related field.
  • Prior experience teaching as instructor on record.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three years of teaching experience in higher education as well as research and professional development in the area of law and society.
  • Research, publications, and professional development in the area of law and society.
  • The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.  

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by September 3, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu 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 $50,000 - $57,000.

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 socio-legal studies.
  2. Curriculum vitae that specifies specialization and comprehensive exam areas.
  3. Teaching statement that outlines pedagogy.
  4. 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).
  5. 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. [https://www.du.edu/equity/dei-action-plan].
  6. 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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