Assistant Professor Justice Studies

Employer James Madison University
Deadline 8. January 2021
Type Full time
Location United States
Level Senior-level (7+ years experience required)


The Department of Justice Studies at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Justice Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2021.
We are seeking candidates with teaching and research interests in the areas of race/ethnicity and justice with preference given to candidates with a focus on African American and/or Latinx
populations. Area(s) of substantive focus is open. Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary unit whose 13 faculty members currently hold degrees in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, political science, geography, and conflict resolution. Courses in the department are organized into three areas of concentration: criminal justice and criminology, global justice, and social justice interventions. Potential teaching duties include introductory and upper-level courses related to the successful candidate’s areas of specialization and the department’s general education course, Justice and American Society. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to collaboration in building an equitable and inclusive environment and to supporting diversity initiatives within the department, their research, teaching and service. A Ph.D. in the social sciences, including criminal justice, or the humanities by time of appointment is preferred.

This position forms part of a first-of-its-kind initiative at James Madison University: a cohort hire of six outstanding, tenure-track faculty working collaboratively in several interconnected areas, which include social justice, minority cultures and politics, racial equity, non-Western thought, and critical race studies. Scholars hired into this cohort will be appointed in six of the College’s ten departments: Sociology and Anthropology; History; Political Science; Justice Studies; Philosophy and Religion; and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. We seek excellent applicants within particular disciplines, but also scholars and teachers eager to work across them, both within the College and beyond.  Arriving as a cohort with broadly shared interests, successful candidates will enhance existing strengths in Latinx, African American, African diaspora, ethnic and global studies.  A complete description of this cohort hire may be found here.

To apply, go to and reference posting number F1518. Applicants will submit a curriculum vita, letter of application which will include some attention to working in a cohort,
evidence of teaching effectiveness, a diversity statement with attention to teaching and scholarship, the names of three references, and a scholarly writing sample of 15-25 pages immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information regarding the position contact the search chair, Terry Beitzel.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We promote access, inclusion, and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents, and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The University is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

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