Assistant Professor, Criminology & Criminal Justice



The Florida Atlantic University (FAU) School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor position starting Fall 2022 on the Boca Raton campus. Areas of specialization are open. Priority consideration will be given to scholars whose work examines social and racial disparities, health and behavioral health, decision-making, or information and communication technologies in criminal justice and/or criminology.

FAU is a Carnegie doctorate-granting university (RU/high research activity) with over 30,000 students and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2021, FAU ranked No. 31 in “The 50 Top Ethnically Diverse Colleges in America” by Best College Reviews. FAU’s strategic plan focuses on healthy aging, neuroscience, environmental science, and sensing and smart systems and is supported by scholarly activities that address diversity, leadership, global perspectives and participation, community engagement, undergraduate research, big data analytics, healthy and sustainable campus environments, and peace, justice, and human rights.

The College of Social Work and Criminal Justice is a partnership between the SCCJ and the Sandler School of Social Work that enables us to reimagine our professions, promote multidisciplinary education and research, address a wider spectrum of societal needs, and champion systemic change through teaching, research, scholarship, and service. We strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates whose innovative work strives to serve the public good, inside and outside of the University.

The SCCJ is committed to creating an accessible, supportive working environment and welcomes colleagues who recognize diversity and cultural competence as integral components of academic excellence. Our School has a culturally rich educational environment and has the third largest undergraduate degree program by enrollment at FAU. We offer a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Teaching areas are also open though we have a particular interest in those who can teach classes about courts and corrections (e.g., adjudication, sentencing, community supervision, jails, prisons, consequences of mass incarceration policies). School initiatives include a decision-making simulation lab, community engaged research, study abroad, high school summer camps, a fully online undergraduate degree program, research colloquia, and research partnerships with the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.


Faculty are expected to teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs and across multiple modalities, including fully online courses. The teaching load is 3:2 though junior assistant professors receive release time to establish their research program. Teaching over the summer is available for additional compensation.


Minimum Qualification:  


A Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or allied field is required. ABDs will be considered but requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed by the position start date. A Juris Doctorate alone is not sufficient.


The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to conduct independent research and publish in peer reviewed journals, have a record of or the potential for securing external funding, engage in research and/or service with our communities, as well as contribute to the graduate program. 


All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position Assistant Professor, Criminology & Criminal Justice on the Office of Human Resources' career website ( by completing the required online employment application and submitting the related documents. When completing the online application, please upload all required documentation noted here: curriculum vitae and application letter that address: research agenda (including accomplished and proposed research), teaching experience, certification or training in University teaching, teaching philosophy and interests, how you will advance equity, inclusion, and diversity in their career at FAU, how your scholarly activities align with FAU’s focal areas, known as our Pillars and Platforms, and our strategic plan, Race to Excellence. Names and contact information for three references.


Information regarding FAU’s faculty transcript requirements located in the Special Instructions section of the posted position on


Successful completion of a pre-employment background check is required for the candidate selected for this position.


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Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or other protected status. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711.


FAU is committed to the principles of engaged teaching, research and service.  All persons aspiring to achieve excellence in the practice of these principles are encouraged to apply.