Assistant Professor in Crime, Law, and Deviance
Department of Sociology, University of Kentucky

The Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky seeks to fill a tenure-eligible faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This is a 9-month position in the regular title series with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2024. The department is seeking a scholar with expertise in crime, law, and/or deviance. This individual will teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including contributing to a new criminology major and existing criminology minor. We encourage candidates whose research and teaching will add to existing departmental strengths and needs (see to apply. Opportunities are available for collaboration and affiliation through UK’s Research Priority Areas such as substance use (SUPRA) and/or race/ethnicity (UNITE) (see Candidates should have a Ph.D. in sociology or a related discipline.

Interested applicants should apply online at: Applicants must include the following: 1) cover letter, 2) a curriculum vita, 3) a research statement (upload as Special Request 1), 4) a teaching statement (upload as Special Request 2), and 5) a statement on their contribution toward inclusive excellence in teaching, research, professional activities, and/or service (upload as Special Request 3). In addition, please provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

The research statement should identify the emphases of the applicant’s research program as evidenced by publications and/or extramural funding or the potential to secure extramural funding, as well as specific research plans and goals. The teaching statement should describe the applicant’s teaching philosophy and pedagogical approaches, as well as specific courses that the applicant has taught or is prepared to teach.

The University of Kentucky provides comprehensive benefits which are fully described at Questions about this search should be addressed to Edward Morris, Department Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Kentucky (

Review of applications will begin on October 9, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

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