University of Montana: Two Advanced Assistant or Associate Professors of Criminology

Two Advanced Assistant or Associate Professors of Criminology

The Department of Sociology at the University of Montana is seeking applicants for two (2) full-time tenure track positions at the level of advanced Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the area of Criminology beginning Fall 2023. Areas of research specialization within Criminology are open. 

Responsibilities include teaching face-to-face courses and online courses, providing mentoring to undergraduate and Master’s-level graduate students, conducting and publishing scholarly research, seeking external funding, and providing professional service to the department, university, and the discipline. Course descriptions and further information about the department are available at

Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Sociology, Criminology, or closely related discipline from an accredited university. Applicants with onlya J.D. or Ed.D. will not be considered
  • Demonstrated record of an active research agenda in criminology
  • Enthusiasm for teaching in the area of criminology

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in online education
  • Experience with undergraduate teaching and/or mentoring
  • Ability to teach in any of the following areas of criminology: race/ethnicity/inequality and crime, rural crime, crime in Indian Country, trauma-informed policing, white collar crime, trafficking, qualitative methods, substance use, or cybercrime

About the Department of Sociology, the University of Montana, and Missoula

Sociology at the University of Montana is a vibrant and growing program with very high levels of student interest. Our department encompasses a broad range of topics and issues, while allowing students to focus in-depth in two areas: (1) Criminology and (2) Inequality and Social Justice. We offer an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (with the opportunity for an emphasis in one of our two option areas), and the department is currently developing a new Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology.  We also offer the only Master of Arts degree in Sociology in the state of Montana.

UM is a flagship public doctoral research institution that sits in the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispell people. A research-intensive R1 institution that grants associate to doctoral degrees, UM is committed to accessible and inclusive education as the foundation of social and economic prosperity. A viable democracy relies on citizens who are broadly educated and specifically skilled, and is enriched by diversity in thought, background, appearance, and beliefs. Ranked sixth nationwide for research growth, UM’s research expenditures nearly doubled between 2014 and 2019 and are expected to reach $125 million this fiscal year. This emphasis provides undergraduate students with the singular opportunity to participate in active research with top researchers and scholars.

UM’s long tradition of teaching excellence and experiential learning evidences our commitment to student success. The University ranks fifth among public universities in producing Rhodes Scholars, currently has the highest graduate student enrollment in its history, and, in the fall of 2021, welcomed the largest incoming freshman class in several years. Summer enrollment and out-of-state applications have grown by 40% in recent years. UM’s student retention rate rose from 68.5% in 2018 to 75.4% in 2021. Students have access to a diverse and growing set of work-based and experiential learning opportunities as part of a strong institutional commitment to creating the best possible set of post-graduate outcomes. UM is investing substantially in the on-campus experience. Over $100 million has been allocated to renovate campus facilities, including sustainability upgrades.

UM is located in Missoula, a small, vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains, wilderness, and clear, cold rivers. The educational, medical, and cultural hub of the region, Missoula offers a rare blend of outdoor adventure, big-city culture, and exceptional quality of life. The vibrant downtown community embraces the state’s most sophisticated music and art scene and includes a new public library that houses the Families First Learning Lab, UM’s Spectrum science museum, and the UM Living Lab. Just east of Missoula is the KettleHouse Amphitheater, ranking No. 45 out of the top 50 amphitheaters worldwide by Pollstar.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Sunday, February 12, 2023 by 11:59 pm MST

Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.

Please submit the following application materials* via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking “New Resume/CV” button.

  • A letter of intent
  • A current curriculum vita (CV)
  • A research statement
  • A teaching statement
  • The names and contact information from three (3) professional references able to attest to the candidate’s qualifications

After initial review, applicants who are chosen to receive further consideration will be asked to provide confidential letters of recommendation from their professional references. 

Department contact for recruitment:  Dr. Jackson Bunch, (406) 243-4811,

*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference – Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References – *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing – Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility – All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

Job Location

Missoula, Montana, United States

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