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Call for Applications: Professorship in Law & Society, John Jay College of the City University of New York

November 15, 2019



John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) led by President Karol V. Mason and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. John Jay is a federally-designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups.

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. John Jay College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.

Assistant Professor — Law & Society

Performs teaching and related faculty functions in area(s) of expertise as noted below. Shares responsibility for committee and department assignments including administrative, supervisory, and other functions. Position begins in Fall 2020.

The Law and Society major, housed in the Department of Political Science at John Jay College of the City University of New York, invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning Fall 2020 in Law and Society. The hiring rank is Assistant Professor. A Ph.D. is required, although outstanding ABDs will be considered. The Ph.D. discipline is open, provided candidates are demonstrably grounded in the Law and Society scholarly tradition. We especially welcome candidates who can add to the disciplinary diversity of the current program, which has three full-time sociologists and one full-time geographer. Candidates holding only a J.D. will not be considered.

With over 600 students and a vibrant and award-winning faculty, the Law and Society major at John Jay is a nationally recognized leader in law and society scholarship and undergraduate education. In addition to having an active research agenda in law and society (preferably as a member of the Law and Society Association), the successful candidate will bring enthusiasm and commitment to teaching and curriculum development. Area of research focus is open, though candidates will be expected to develop an undergraduate course that diversifies existing areas of faculty expertise. We particularly welcome candidates whose research engages areas of interest to our students, including but not limited to policing, incarceration, gentrification, housing, and racism.

Applicants must demonstrate that they are qualified to teach undergraduate courses that introduce students to the interdisciplinary Law and Society approach. In particular, the successful candidate will teach the Senior Research Colloquium in addition to other required courses in the program (Introduction to Law and Society, Research Methods in Law and Society) and courses developed in the applicant’s area of specialty. The successful candidate will also advise students. Forty-seven percent of John Jay students are first-generation college students, and John Jay is a recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution. The successful candidate must be eager and qualified to work with our diverse student body, and have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. The college seeks a faculty member who thrives in a multi-cultural, collaborative academic environment and is committed to both access and excellence in higher education.


Ph.D. degree in a law and society-related discipline, although outstanding ABDs will be considered. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, the potential for scholarly productivity, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution. Candidates holding only a J.D. will not be considered.

The demonstrated ability to teach courses in the law & society tradition.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

If you are viewing the job posting on any website other than CUNYFirst, please follow the instructions below:
-Go to www.cuny.edu/employment
-Click “Search job postings.”
-Click the link for “Faculty” and browse to job Opening ID number 21339
-Click on the “Apply Now” button and follow the instructions

Candidates should provide a letter of application, a CV/resume, and, in one document: 1) a writing sample; 2) a statement of teaching philosophy; and 3) a portfolio of teaching materials. All should be provided electronically through CUNY first following the instructions above. In addition, three letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to the Chair of the Political Science Department, Professor Andrew Sidman at [email protected]

For more information about the position, email the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Michael Yarbrough ([email protected]).

Review of resumes to begin October 31, 2019.
Posting closes on November 15, 2019.

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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.