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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice invites applicants for one tenure-track, Assistant Professor position to begin late August 2019. We seek applications from individuals who have, or are near completion of, a doctorate in Sociology, or a closely related field (e.g., Criminology). Doctorate must be earned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2020. Successful candidates must express their dedication to high quality undergraduate education. Specific areas of expertise are open, but should be directly related to Criminal Justice and preference will be given to candidates who can teach in areas that are complementary to the areas of expertise of our current faculty. Courses taught by the successful candidate will include our Introduction to Sociology general education course. Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach some combination of the following, Deviance, Criminal Justice, Victimology, Race, Gender and Crime, Restorative Justice, State and Corporate Crime, and other courses that meet departmental need.

Faculty at UWL teach 12 hours (4 courses/3 preparations) per semester. Successful candidates will be foremost an inspirational teacher, role model, and mentor to students with varying career goals. The successful candidate must express their dedication to high quality undergraduate education and have the experience necessary to supervise and mentor undergraduate students. Candidates who have experience with a variety of teaching methods, have knowledge of, or experience working with, culturally diverse groups, have the potential to obtain research funding and have a strong desire to incorporate undergraduate students in their research activities are preferred. The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice values diversity, and supports the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in its effort to be a leader in Wisconsin's movement toward increased diversity and inclusiveness.

The position is open until filled, however review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018. Applicants must provide a letter of application, vitae, and the names, emails and phone numbers of three professional references. Specific details on how to submit all application materials can be found at the link listed below. If you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in the hiring process, please contact Ms. Debra Holtschlag at (608)-785-8457 to make appropriate arrangements.

Founded in 1909, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is one of 13, four-year comprehensive institutions in the University of Wisconsin System with approximately 9,700 students. UWL offers a wide array of undergraduate programs and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies (including the Schools of Arts & Communication); Science and Health; Business Administration; and the School of Education. The university is consistently rated first among the UW System comprehensives in terms of first year student ACT scores, class rankings and retention rates. For information about UWL, see www.uwlax.edu.

Qualified candidates will join the 11-member department serving 165 Sociology majors, 100 Sociology minors, and an interdisciplinary Criminal Justice minor with 140 students. The program is built around a strong core of foundational courses with the expectation of close student-instructor interaction, opportunities for in-depth participation by our students in all aspects of sociological research, and internship experiences. For more information about our program, or the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, see http://www.uwlax.edu/sociology/

We are an inclusive learning community that values the varying perspectives that come with diverse faculty, staff and student populations. We strongly encourage our students to broaden their perspectives through international experiences and diversity-related courses and programming, and support faculty and staff in international teaching, research, and service.

We are proud of our diversity and believe students, faculty, and staff all are enriched by our exposure to differing ideas, opinions and cultures. We strive to be a leader in Wisconsin’s movement toward increased diversity and inclusiveness. For example, we routinely assess the campus climate and have conducted an equity study to explore how diverse students, faculty, and staff experience UWL. We believe that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving excellence as a nationally recognized institution of higher education. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.


The City of La Crosse combines the scenic beauty of the Mississippi River and towering bluffs with a diversified economy and educated populace. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and four season recreation.

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this faculty position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu/postings/search

UW-La Crosse is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, persons of color, and individuals with a disability are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Search and Screen Committee if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process. Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.