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Teaching Fellow in Crime, Law and Justice Studies

University of Puget Sound
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 5, 2024

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies
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University of Puget Sound

Teaching Fellow in Crime, Law and Justice Studies
Job ID: 7587
Location: Crime, Law and Justice Studies
Full/Part Time: Full Time

Faculty Posting Details

Appointment: Teaching Fellow in Crime, Law, and Justice to begin Fall 2024. This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal for up to three years.

Responsibilities: The University of Puget Sound seeks applications for a Teaching Fellow in the Crime, Law, and Justice to begin Fall 2024.

With the support of a substantial grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation Humanities for All Time initiative, we are in the process of expanding our Crime, Law and Justice program through humanities-based and interdisciplinary approaches to the field. We seek candidates with an interdisciplinary humanities background who would be excited to help lead, shape, and teach in the program.

The successful candidate will develop and teach courses in the Crime, Law, and Justice (CLJ) Minor, including the 200-level gateway course, Introduction to Crime, Law and Justice Studies. Standard teaching load is 4 courses per academic year. Candidates are expected to engage in undergraduate research and develop programming and curriculum as part of the Mellon HAT grant.

Preference will be given to candidates who approach issues of crime, law and justice, prisons, policing and the carceral state through an interdisciplinary humanities focus. Puget Sound also offers a BA degree to students in the main prison designated for women in Washington State, and the candidate should be interested in potentially teaching in the prison, developing mixed enrollment classes with students on campus and in the prison, or finding ways to connect students on both campuses. We welcome applications from people with lived experience with the criminal legal system.

Qualifications: PhD preferred; ABD considered; a commitment to undergraduate teaching is required. A degree in a Humanities or Interdisciplinary Humanistic field is preferred, but degrees in related fields will also be considered.

Application Deadline: Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than April 15, 2024 to ensure consideration. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Interest
  • Diversity Statement (see prompt below)
  • Teaching statement (250 words or 1 page)
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.

Applicant's Diversity Statement:

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant's diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound's current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicant's can express their qualification:
  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university's commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university's DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one's effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Teaching Fellow

The pay rate for this position is $60,000 annualized.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package for eligible faculty members, including:
  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • Life insurance and long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement plan options and 403(b) contributions
  • Education benefits, such as full tuition for eligible employees and their families
  • Access to university facilities and entertainment (fitness center, pool, library, concerts, lectures) and more!

For more information on Puget Sound's faculty benefits package, visit: 2024 Benefits for Faculty Members.pdf (
For the Campus Holiday and Bonus Day Schedule, visit:

About Crime, Law and Justice at Puget Sound:

The CLJ program at Puget Sound is growing, and currently has 30-40 students taught by faculty members in departments throughout the university. The Crime, Law and Justice (CLJ) Interdisciplinary program provides students with an introduction to how crime, policing, and prisons intersect with questions of justice, fairness, and structural inequality in the United States. In the minor, students examine law, policing and carceral systems from multiple disciplines while retaining a critical lens on these systems and institutions. The minor explicitly examines questions of social justice'concerns related to equality, fairness, freedom, security, and social order--as it intersects with criminal law and policing systems. Students in the minor have multiple opportunities for experiential learning in joint accredited classes, research partnerships, and study halls with students in the University of Puget Sound Liberal Studies BA degree program in the Washington Correction Center for Women. The connection to the college in prison program will enable main campus students to co-learn with people most directly impacted by crime, law and justice systems.

About Puget Sound:

The mission of the University of Puget Sound is to develop in its students the capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. Puget Sound is a 2,600-student, residential, national undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing students from virtually every state and several countries. 65% of students live on the 97 acre campus and the remainder typically live within a mile in the surrounding neighborhood. A low student-faculty ratio provides students with personal attention from faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching. The university offers 1,200 courses in more than 50 areas of study, numerous experiential learning opportunities, 23 D-III varsity sports, and extensive co-curricular and leadership opportunities. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. In 2012, Puget Sound was named as one of 40 schools in Colleges that Change Lives.

University Diversity Statement
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit:

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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