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Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 4635329
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - Criminal Justice

Assistant Professor - Sociology and Criminology Department

The Department of Sociology and Criminology ( at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, USA, invites applications for an Assistant Professor. This is a tenure-line position to begin in Fall 2024.

We are seeking an outstanding scholar whose research and teaching focuses on inequity in education, health, medicine, or crime, violence, and the criminal justice system due to race, ethnicity and/or migration status. Duties for an Assistant Professor will involve a combination of research, teaching, and service in either the sociology or criminology program (or both) at Penn State. The ideal candidate will also be able to contribute to Penn State's Latina/o Studies Program.

This position is co-funded by Penn State's interdisciplinary Social Science Research Institute (SSRI: and is part of an initiative to hire multiple faculty members in different units across Penn State. These faculty members will join an existing campus cluster, with the goal to foster collaborations among social and behavioral scientists and others, working from the person to the population levels to improve understanding and reducing disparities. We also welcome scholars who use any variety of methodologies.

SSRI's mission ( is to foster research that addresses critical human and social problems at the local, national, and international levels. SSRI has five strategic foci: 1) the causes and consequences of inequality, 2) human development and behavior, 3) the social and environmental determinants of health, 4) innovative and data intensive research methods, and 5) individual and community impact. SSRI supports interdisciplinary research by bringing together researchers across the university around emerging areas, and by providing consultation, seed grants, faculty fellowships, and core resources tailored to the needs of social and behavioral scientists.

Candidates for this position should show demonstrated ability as a researcher and teacher, evidence of scholarly and professional growth, and must complete their Ph.D. in Sociology, Criminology, or related field by the time of appointment.

To apply, submit a cover letter outlining your research interests and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the names/contact information of three references at Penn State's Job Posting Board. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

Information regarding the Department can be found at

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement plans, in addition to 75% tuition discounts (including for a spouse and dependent children up to the age of 26) and paid holidays. Please visit for more detailed information.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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