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Assistant Professors of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and/or Sociology (Tenure Track, 2 Positions)

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia
Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Posted Date
Aug 17, 2023

Job Details

Old Dominion University’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice seeks applicants for two Assistant Professor positions to begin Fall 2024. We are seeking criminologists or sociologists whose research addresses inequality, public policy, and social justice within the criminal justice system and its responses to crime and/or scholars whose research focuses on social inequality and social justice with an emphasis in the sociology of health and illness; at least one of the two positions must be focused on criminology/criminal justice.

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and in Criminal Justice and the Ph.D. in Criminology & Criminal Justice. Our PhD in Criminology & Criminal Justice is a sociological criminology program that highlights social inequality and public policy in the study of crime and justice issues. In addition, we are proposing an online MS Criminology program. The department has an accomplished, collaborative, and diverse faculty and student body committed to equality, social justice, and transformative policies and practices and the successful candidate will enrich this environment. Opportunities exist to participate in ODU’s Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Cybersecurity, and School of Public Health. The surrounding 14 localities and their criminal justice and social service agencies offer tremendous opportunities for research and community engagement partnerships.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D. in criminology, criminal justice, or sociology required; candidates who are ABD are expected to complete the degree by August 2024.
  2. Able to teach existing on-campus and online courses in our undergraduate programs in Criminal Justice and in Sociology (including CRJS/SOC 436 Capstone Research Project) and in the Ph.D. program in Criminology & Criminal Justice (,
  3. A demonstrated ability to conduct research, publish, and teach in criminology/criminal justice and/or sociology
  4. A demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Preferred Qualification: Evidence of potential grant writing success.

How to Apply:

To apply, submit the following documents to

  1. Cover Letter,
  2. CV,
  3. Statement of Research Interests,
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy,
  5. Unofficial graduate transcripts, and
  6. Contact information for three professional references.

Review of applications will begin September 18, 2023. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Tracy Sohoni More information about the department is available at

About ODU:

Old Dominion University is a residential and R1 very high research activity public institution with a student enrollment of 24,000, one-half of whom are students of color and one-quarter are military affiliated, with nearly 5,000 graduate students, and a diverse and multicultural faculty. ODU is a national leader in supporting social mobility in higher education, helping underrepresented students succeed, and serving the community: among the top 10% of U.S. colleges and universities in the 2019 Social Mobility Index (CollegeNET), the top 15% in the nation for overall diversity (College Factual), the top 5 in the country and top 60 in the world for reducing inequality (Times Higher Education), and a 2020 Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement classification recipient. The university’s main campus is in Norfolk, one of the seven cities that make up the historic Hampton Roads region of Virginia, a major recreational area with a population of 1.8 million near the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay.

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Individuals from minoritized communities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, is Virginia's forward-focused public doctoral research university with more than 23,000 students, a top R1 research ranking, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy.

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