Teaching Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Denver
United States

Teaching Assistant Professor of Sociology

Job no: 497149
Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty
Division: Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences

The University of Denver, the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, enrolls over 12,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Denver as a research university with high research activity. Comprised of nearly 2.6 million people, the Denver metro offers an array of activities for urban dwellers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. We are a department of 12 active, productive scholars in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences with strong ties to the University's College of Law, Graduate School of Social Work, and other professional schools. With roughly 250 majors, we offer BA degrees in sociology and criminology. Salary is competitive. 

The University of Denver and Department of Sociology and Criminology value diversity, equity, and inclusion, a commitment by all constituents to create a transformative academic experience that embraces and engages diverse perspectives and communities. Faculty in our department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service. To read the department’s statement on inclusive excellence, please visit http://www.du.edu/ahss/sociology/inclusive_excellence.html. To see Chancellor statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion, please visit https://www.du.edu/equity.

Position Summary

The Department of Sociology and Criminology invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2024. The successful candidate will teach eight courses over three quarters (two-three per quarter). Courses will be concentrated in the crime, law, and deviance curricula, which includes electives as well as core major courses, First-Year seminars, and Advanced Seminars (writing-intensive courses for 3rd and 4th year students). Appointments at the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor will be made initially as a three-year contract. Subsequent renewal and/or promotion to Associate rank is contingent on formal performance review. The Teaching Professorial Series provides opportunity for promotion and advancement within the series (3-year, 5-year, and 7-year contracts). A Ph.D. or ABD in sociology, criminology, or a related field is required. For a list of current course offerings, please go to: https://www.du.edu/ahss/sociology/programs/index.html 

Essential Functions

  • Ability to teach eight (8) classes over three quarters during the academic year. Courses include: core departmental courses (Methods of Social Research, Understanding Social Life, Criminology), common curriculum (e.g., First Year Seminars, Advanced Seminars), and department electives in the candidate’s specialty area
  • Timely grading and communication with students
  • Weekly office hours
  • Attendance at faculty meetings
  • Student advising

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Expertise in Crime, Law, or Deviance
  • Excellent communication skills for classroom teaching and student mentoring
  • Strong personal skills, along with the ability to work effectively with all types of people
  • Basic word processing and computer related skills
  • Ability to use Canvas
  • Ability to listen and effectively communicate verbally with students and faculty

Required Qualifications

  • ABD in Sociology, Criminology, or a related field at time or appointment
  • Demonstrated commitment to or experience working with diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Criminology, or related field at time of appointment
  • Prior experience as the instructor of record in at least four (4) higher education courses
  • Ability to teach Understanding Social Life (introductory sociology)

Work Schedule
While the University's administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University's academic calendars are posted on the registrar's website 

Application Deadline

For consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) April 16, 2024.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number

The salary grade for this position is UC.

Salary Range

The salary range for this position is $58,000-$60,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

For full consideration, please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of interest that describes teaching interests and other qualifications 
  2. Curriculum vitae that specifies specialization and comprehensive exam areas 
  3. A teaching statement that outlines pedagogy
  4. Evidence of teaching excellence (this can include, but is not limited to, sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample grading rubrics, original student evaluations), a list of courses taught previously, a list of courses that could be taught, and any other artifacts of teaching excellence
  5. One-page statement describing how the candidate’s research, teaching, and/or service contributes to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. 
  6. Names and contact information for three references

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

The University of Denver recognizes that its success in being a great university dedicated to the public good depends greatly on how well it engages, supports, and champions the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. As part of our intentionality in recruiting and retaining faculty from a wide variety of historically excluded intersecting identities, including those from communities of color, with diverse gender and sexual identities, first-generation college graduates, or with disabilities, new faculty will have the opportunity to choose to participate in a pilot University-wide initiative. This initiative will connect new colleagues in a cohort, building community across units with supportive programming led by the Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs in collaboration with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and each faculty participant’s academic unit. To learn more about the University of Denver’s commitments and work in support of DEI and J, please visit: https://www.du.edu/equity. For more information about this program or if you have any questions, please email inclusion@du.edu and/or visit https://duvpfa.du.edu/faculty-resources/prospective-faculty/.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Advertised: March 05, 2024
Applications close: April 16, 2024


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