Director, Associate/Full Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Position Overview

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The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ), with a term commencing no later than July 1, 2022. This is a 12-month full time administrative appointment, tenured faculty, benefits eligible position. The SCCJ is one of four Schools within the College and currently hosts four Centers. We are a nationally recognized leader in higher education, currently ranked 2nd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The SCCJ has more than 2,800 students, 26 tenure track faculty, and 75 supporting faculty positions (e.g., professional practice/clinical professors, faculty associates, lecturers, instructors). We offer undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees, as well as several certificate programs. Our main campus is conveniently located in downtown Phoenix in the heart of the fifth largest city in the United States. We also offer our undergraduate courses on ASU’s campuses in Tempe, Glendale, and Lake Havasu City. The SCCJ proudly offers its Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees online, allowing students from around the globe to earn highly valued degrees from one of the leading criminology and criminal justice programs in the world. Further, the SCCJ is a problem-solving, solutions-driven School, attaching high value to interdisciplinary community engagement and collaboration.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The State of Arizona encompasses a diverse population, and the SCCJ and ASU are committed to enhancing the diversity of faculty and staff and continuing our strong relationship with these communities. The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice actively seeks and supports a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body. As such, we especially encourage people to apply from historically underrepresented populations who have demonstrated commitment to the field of criminology and criminal justice in terms of advancing diversity and inclusivity in curricula, scholarship, and practice. We seek applicants and nominations from those who have demonstrated experience in teaching, mentoring, and developing research in ways that effectively address individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Our School, and indeed the entirety of our University, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of our state, to maintain excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. ASU is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, political affiliation, veteran’s status, or any other basis protected by law.

For more information about the SCCJ’s opportunities for research, instruction, practice, student internship experience, and community-based service learning opportunities, please visit our web site at:

Job Responsibilities

The Director is a member of the leadership team of the College, has general executive responsibility for all aspects of the SCCJ’s activities, and is accountable on all matters to the faculty, the Dean of the College, and the central administration of Arizona State University.

The Director’s primary job responsibilities are to ensure that:

  • Faculty hiring, promotion, and tenure are carried out at the highest standards of excellence
  • The curriculum is academically rigorous, innovative, and responsive to the needs of students and the community
  • Collaborative relationships with the community are vibrant
  • Budgetary decision-making and execution are driven by sound principles, consultation, and accountability
  • Faculty aspirations for additional external funding are fully supported
  • They work closely with the Associate Director and Assistant Director
  • The academic profile of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at ASU, in the community, in the profession, and nationally is advanced
  • Academic connections with other units in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and across the University, are encouraged and enhanced

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in criminology or other related fields (e.g., psychology, sociology, law, political science, public affairs) from an accredited institution
  • A record of distinguished scholarly research and professional accomplishments that merits appointment as an associate/full professor with tenure
  • Demonstration and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

Desired Qualifications

  • Present or prior faculty rank of full professor
  • More than two years of administrative experience with employee management, development, and budgeting
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in research, teaching, service, and community engagement
  • Leadership vision consistent with the University, College, and School
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship      

Nominations and Applications

Salary and start-up funding will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Review of applications will begin in late November; if not filled, applications will be evaluated every week thereafter until the search is closed.  Applications should be submitted by November 24, 2021 for best consideration.

Candidates are requested to submit:

  1. A curriculum vitae;
  2. A letter of interest that addresses the leadership opportunities in the profile;
  3. A statement that addresses how past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance SCCJ’s and ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, and
  4. Contact information for four references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).

Applications should be submitted to:

About ASU

Arizona State University is a comprehensive public research university recognized as #1 in the United States for Innovation for the seventh consecutive year, ahead of MIT (3) and Stanford (7), according to U.S. News & World Report. We measure our success not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities we serve.

ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is home to ASU’s most diverse student body, with the highest percentage of minorities, transfer and working students – and the largest community of first-generation college students. Among our students are nearly 300 veterans and international students from 59 countries.

We are also committed to advancing anti-racist policies and practices as described in a recent statement by President Crow in support of our Black students, faculty, and staff (available online at:

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis protected by law. For complete statements on ASU’s non-discrimination policies, please refer to: and

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