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Assistant Professor of Justice Studies

The Justice Studies Department seeks well-qualified candidates who focus on an intersectional understanding of gender, class, race/ethnic, and other inequalities, and how these identities and subject positions relate to the criminal justice system. We seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to involve students in the community and help them develop practical skills related to citizen engagement, including community organizing for social justice, advocacy for marginalized communities, and citizen involvement in just policy creation. The person chosen will also be expected to teach some required justice studies courses. We are particularly interested in candidates who can teach a writing-in-the-discipline course focused on inequalities.

The Justice Studies Department has a strong focus on social justice at the local and global levels, including studies of social inequality, violence, immigration, human rights and transformative justice. Critical criminology is a strong component of the curriculum. Candidates must be able to work in a culturally diverse environment; have a related critical scholarly research agenda; and have a commitment to working with groups outside of the academy. 

Required qualifications: Ph.D. in a social science or related field, and a strong commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service.

About Northeastern Illinois University 
Northeastern Illinois University’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University has three additional locations in the metropolitan area: the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro and the Center for College Access and Success. Northeastern also is a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Regarded as the most diverse university in the Midwest, Northeastern offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans, and Persons with Disabilities, as well as other qualified individuals. Northeastern Illinois University positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.

This tenure-track position begins Aug. 15, 2018. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

Submit the following:

  • a letter of application
  • official copies of all university transcripts
  • a curriculum vitae with current email address
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • a research plan
  • a sample of scholarly writing
  • a sample syllabus
  • teaching evaluations (if available)
  • three letters of reference (at least one addressing teaching effectiveness)

Address your submission to:

Dr. Maria De La Torre
Associate Professor
Justice Studies Department
College of Arts and Sciences
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
(773) 442-4790

Electronic submissions can be sent to
Attn: Justice Studies Search

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