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Assistant/Associate Professors (3) - Department of Sociology and Criminology

Howard University
Washington D.C.
Posted Date
Feb 24, 2023

Howard University Department of Sociology and Criminology
Seeks Three Assistant/Associate Professors in Critical Criminology, Medical Sociology/Health Inequalities, Statistics and Advanced Research Methods

The Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University, a pre-eminent Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Washington, DC, invites applications for three tenure-line faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, to begin in the Fall of 2023.

We are seeking to hire three Ph.Ds. in Sociology, Criminology or allied fields whose research and teaching interests fall within our department-wide focus on Race, Inequality, and the Black Experience, and who share our commitment to providing students with powerful tools for critically analyzing, transforming, and overcoming conditions of oppression, exploitation and injustice, and preparing them for careers and lives in service to their communities and their struggles for a better world.

We are looking to hire two new faculty members who can teach in our undergraduate program in Criminology and who can contribute courses on crime, criminal justice, and/or mass incarceration to our graduate program in Sociology. We are also looking to hire one new faculty member who can contribute courses in medical sociology/health inequalities in our graduate program in Sociology. The ability to teach required undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics and to contribute elective courses in advanced research methodologies to our graduate program is an advantage.

Preferred candidates should bring a critical theoretical orientation in feminist, historical materialist, post- and decolonial and/or world-systems analysis to their areas of research and teaching. More important than finding the perfect fit for each individual position is that the three hires taken together meet the needs listed and contribute to the mission of our department and the dynamism of our programs going into our second century. Candidates whose research interests and teaching experience do not narrowly fit one of the three position titles, but who are qualified to teach a mix of courses under more than one of the listed positions, and who believe they would be a good fit for our department are encouraged to apply. We are also seeking applications from candidates whose scholarship involves externally funded research.

Our diverse department, which recently celebrated its centennial year, is the only department at any HBCU presently offering a Ph.D. in Sociology. Established in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral/research extensive university located in Washington, D.C. This renowned urban research university offers a world-class curriculum that includes undergraduate degrees in 80 subject areas, master's degrees in 75 majors, doctoral degrees in 31 disciplines and professional certification in five fields. The only comprehensive American university with a predominantly African American constituency, Howard University is committed to preparing its students not only to be respected leaders in the national and global communities, but to also promote social justice and democracy the world over. Howard has historically educated more African American PhD’s than any other university.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Sociology, Criminology or allied field from an accredited institution;
  • Record of peer-reviewed published scholarship, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of assistant and/or associate professor; and
  • Evidence of grant writing experience.

Complete applications will consist of a single PDF file containing:

  • A cover letter addressing the qualifications listed above;
  • A current curriculum vita;
  • A brief statement of research accomplishments, interests, and future plans not to exceed 2 pages;
  • A brief statement on teaching experience and philosophy not to exceed 2 pages; and
  • Names and contact information for at least four references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee. 

Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee: Dr. Terri Adams Fuller and submitted electronically to The screening will begin on April 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is August 16, 2023. Additional details and information can be found at


The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability, or protected veterans’ status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans’ status, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.


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