Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure System – East Lansing, MI

Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure System

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Working/Functional Title

Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure System

Position Summary

The School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) at Michigan State University invites applications for a 9-month tenure-system position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank beginning August 16, 2023.  Michigan State University (MSU) is the pioneer land-grant institution located in East Lansing, Michigan. MSU actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry. The SCJ is a national leader in criminal justice and criminology research and education.  Housed in the College of Social Science, the SCJ has 25 tenure-system faculty members, including several with joint appointments in academic units and centers across the university.  Currently, there are over 1,100 students enrolled in the SCJ’s doctoral (n = 35), master’s (n = 251), and baccalaureate (n = 856) degree programs. The School's faculty is committed to excellence in research and scholarship befitting a major research university (see the School’s website at:  True to the pioneering land-grant mission of Michigan State University, the School has a strong and proud tradition of both advancing and translating knowledge into practice and policy through engagement with local, state, national and international partners in both public and private sectors.  The School’s faculty, academic specialists, and outreach specialists are highly active in securing and implementing external grants and contracts to advance its mission. 

The candidate must demonstrate expertise in the area(s) of community violence prevention and intervention, with an emphasis on working with criminal justice and community partners on harm reduction strategies. Preference will be given to candidates whose research agenda includes a focus on the use of spatial analytical techniques to understand crime patterns or the role of race and ethnicity in violence and its prevention. This could include research on gun and gang violence, intimate partner violence, drug markets, as well as issues associated with the development of effective police and community partnerships. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • A Ph.D. in criminology or criminal justice, or in a relevant social science field, such as economics, political science, psychology, public health, sociology, or social work is required. 
  • Candidates for an assistant professor position must have completed a Ph.D. prior to the position start date and must have demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and research.
  • Candidates at the advanced assistant or associate professor levels must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research, with a preference for those with a history of securing external funding to support their research.

Desired Qualifications

  • Successful candidates are expected to have a strong record of scholarly publications. 
  • A demonstrated record of excellence in teaching with prior experience in course development related to communities and crime, public/private partnerships, or criminology and public policy is preferred.

Required Application Materials

Please submit:

  1. letter of application that includes a description of professional experience, expertise, professional goals, and research and teaching philosophy;
  2. a diversity statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence;
  3. curriculum vitae; and,
  4. provide names and contact information for three professional references. 

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on September 16, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

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MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


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