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Assistant Professor - Justice Studies: Green Criminology and Justice, Law and Policy

Apply now Job no: 505926
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time


Position Rank and Title:
Assistant Professor of Justice Studies

School/Department Name: Department of Justice Studies

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 2022

Application Deadline: January 10, 2022. Open until filled.

Position Description

The Department of Justice Studies at San José State University (SJSU) invites applications for an assistant professor who specializes broadly in green criminology and justice, law and policy. This faculty member would complement the JS Department’s core areas: criminology, justice studies, forensic science, legal studies and human rights; and would be well-positioned to develop teaching and research areas in sustainability, inequalities, conflict, security and well-being related to environmental resources and crimes, climate change and its socio-economic consequences. The ideal candidate would demonstrate how their work enhances community engagement and strengthens clinical legal experience in our department.

All tenure-track faculty at SJSU engage in research, teaching and service. Successful applicants must demonstrate the ability to contribute to core areas in our department including teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students. Although applicants with specializations in any substantive area in criminology and law will be considered, preference will be given to those with expertise in one or more of the following areas: green criminology and law; conflict, security and well-being; environmental resources and crimes; race, ethnicity, and justice; indigeneity and land rights; climate change and its socio-economic consequences; law and policy.

The Department of Justice Studies and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell- recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD in criminology, sociology, political science, human ecology, or related social-scientific field; PhD candidates who expect to have a degree conferred by August 2022 are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates must have strong evidence of, or demonstrate the potential for, excellence in research.
  • Candidates must demonstrate strong evidence of, or demonstrate the potential for, excellence in teaching.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Substantive specialization area in one or more of the following areas: green criminology and law; conflict, security and well-being; environmental resources and crimes; race, ethnicity, and justice; indigeneity and land rights; climate change and its socio-economic consequences; law and policy.
  • Experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals or academic press books;
  • Experience writing grant proposals;
  • Experience teaching at undergraduate or graduate levels.

Key Responsibilities

  • The candidate must demonstrate the ability to contribute to the mission of our department in research, teaching and service.
  • The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in our department and participate in curriculum development, program planning, and academic advising.
  • The candidate will conduct research, publish scholarship with their specialty area(s), and seek external funding to support scholarly research.
  • The candidate will engage in service at the department, college and university levels; providing service to the community and the profession.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement
  • statement of teaching interests and student engagement
  • research plans
  • three references with contact information

Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair: Paul Knepper –

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


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Last Updated Sep 13, 2021