Assistant or Associate Professor, School of Criminology and Justice Studies

Assistant or Associate Professor, School of Criminology and Justice Studies

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell, MA



The University of Massachusetts Lowell has a tenure track position open (Assistant or Associate Professor) in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies (SCJS). While the specialty area is open, we are particularly interested in candidates with a research and scholarly agenda focused on issues broadly related to race and justice. The start date for the position is September 2018.

UMass Lowell and the School of Criminology and Justice Studies are dedicated to increasing multicultural and gender diversity in their faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal, and encourage applicants to identify their strengths in this area.

The School of Criminology and Justice Studies (SCJS) is housed within the University’s College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS). The College is the largest unit of the University, with 11 academic departments and over 180 full time faculty. FAHSS has experienced significant growth in recent years, including hiring over 50 new faculty members, achieving a 70% growth in funded research expenditures, and the addition of several new interdisciplinary graduate programs.

SCJS enrolls over 800 undergraduate students in Criminal Justice/Criminology, with an additional 140 master’s students and approximately 40 doctoral students. The School offers an undergraduate degree in criminal justice, a master’s degree, four certificate programs, and a doctoral program with two concentrations:  criminology/criminal justice, and terrorism/security studies. The School also offers two master’s degrees and a certificate program in security studies.

SCJS currently has 23 full time faculty members, including 17 tenure track, 1 lecturer, and 5 visiting positions, with additional faculty joining the School in Fall 2018. Faculty members specialize in a wide range of scholarly topic areas, including victimology, policing, institutional and community corrections, biosocial criminology, organized crime, terrorism, violence, the classification, treatment and control of sex offenders, criminal justice technology, and a full range of global justice issues. Faculty members have expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research, with a high level of scholarly output. Externally funded research by SCJS faculty is currently supported by several million dollars in grants from major funding agencies. The School’s faculty collaborate and partner with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, while also working in partnership with faculty and organizations globally. Additionally, SCJS is home to four high profile academic journals: Crime & Delinquency, Victims & Offenders, Democracy& Security, and Perspectives on Terrorism.

For more information about the School, please visit the homepage:


Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Ph.D. in a social science field, including criminology/criminal justice, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, and public policy, with a clear emphasis on criminal justice related topics
  • A record of high-quality scholarly output commensurate with the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor at UMass Lowell

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience procuring and leading major grant-funded research projects
  • For Associate Level - Experience working collaboratively with criminal justice agencies
  • Research and scholarship in the area of race and justice


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit a CV, a detailed cover letter delineating his/her research and scholarship agenda over the next five years, teaching philosophy, research statement. Reference information for 3-5 professional references should be included in the reference section of the application.


To apply, please visit


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.   


The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.