Job Description:
The Department of Justice, Law & Criminology in the School of Public Affairs at A Private Research University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning in Academic Year 2025-26. For this position, the department is seeking scholars with substantive expertise in political violence and terrorism. The search is open regarding specialty, but the Department is especially interested in scholars whose research and teaching interests include terrorism, political violence, radicalization, extremism, and cybersecurity. Applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the department are especially welcome.

Applicants should hold a PhD in political science, criminology, sociology, or other closely related discipline. Candidates who possess a law degree only (J.D. or LL.M.) will not be considered for this position. Candidates should be effective teachers and must be strongly committed to excellence in scholarly research. Most of all, the department seeks scholars who will further its goals of producing high impact research and providing innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching. Competitive candidates will possess a strong background in social science methodologies and a productive research portfolio, including publications in high-quality peer reviewed outlets. The Department is home to a range of disciplines, approaches, and methods. We are particularly interested in individuals whose research is interdisciplinary. In addition to scholarship and teaching, all faculty are expected to hold office hours and participate in School and University activities and service.

Teaching responsibilities will include core and elective courses. Possible courses include Causes of Terrorism, Radicalization, and various research methods classes. In addition to producing high quality scholarship and effective teaching, responsibilities will include mentoring graduate students and service to the department, school, and university. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2024, and will continue until the positions are filled, subject to on-going budgetary approvals. The positions begin August 1, 2025. Applicants should have a PhD or an anticipated PhD completion date by August 2025.

Salary and benefits are competitive, with an expected salary range of $90,000 to $110,000. Please submit applications via Workday. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of up to three recently published articles and/or working papers, and three letters of recommendation (note: instead of letters, a list of references is sufficient if applicant currently holds tenure). Please contact Ms. Sarah Feighery, Staff Assistant, at if you have any questions.

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