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Lecturer in Sociology & Criminology

Butler University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 30, 2023

Position Overview

Butler University invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Criminology. We seek a colleague with a strong commitment to inclusive undergraduate teaching to join our department starting August 2024.

The position is open to all areas of specialization, but the department is especially interested in applicants who are prepared to teach courses on Migration, Social Problems, Juvenile Delinquency, Urban/Community Sociology, Elite Crime, Deviance and Social Control, or related topics. Special consideration will be given to candidates who provide evidence of a promising teaching agenda in these areas, who infuse critical perspectives in their work, and who can contribute courses toward our growing major in Criminology. In addition to teaching courses in their respective sub-fields there may also be opportunities to offer required sociology courses (i.e. Introduction to Sociology, Theory, Research Methods, Senior Seminar), to explore service-learning opportunities, as well as to contribute to interdisciplinary programs in International Studies, Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and/or Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies.

Lecturers teach four courses per semester and also maintain service responsibilities. The initial contract period for Lecturers is two years, with expectations for renewal following a successful performance review. Lecturers at Butler also have an established pathway for promotion to Senior Lecturer after eight years of excellent teaching and service. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to advising students, directing undergraduate research and internships, implementing other evidence-based and engaged-learning pedagogies, and supporting students from marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds. Preference will be given to candidates prepared to teach a wide array of sociologically-oriented courses, and who have a record of building an inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population. Candidates should have earned a Ph.D. in Sociology or Criminology before August 1, 2024.

Housed in Butler University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Sociology and Criminology has six full-time faculty. We offer degrees in sociology and criminology, a concentration in social work and social policy, and combined majors with psychology and philosophy. The Department is committed to critical and intersectional approaches to the study of social inequality and is keenly interested in diversifying its faculty. Thus, we encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented groups in higher education. For more information about the department, see .


Applicants should submit the following:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. student evaluations, peer evaluations, and/or sample syllabi)
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts
  • Contact information for at least 3 references (Can upload via word document)
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide at least three letters of recommendation. Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts and to undergo a background check.

For questions about the position, contact Dr. Stephen Barnard, Department Chair and chair of the Search Committee: . Review of applications will begin January 5, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

About Butler University

Founded by abolitionist Ovid Butler in 1855 on the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university consisting of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Lacy School of Business, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Jordan College of the Arts, and College of Communication. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries. Ranked #1in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report and recognized for “best undergraduate teaching” and “ most innovative schools,” Butler is located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, a cultural center of both the state and the country ( ).

Butler University is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

Advertised: October 30, 2023
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