Fresno State campus

Criminology (Two Positions) - Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Behavioral Sciences, Faculty - Social Sciences, Probationary, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

California State University, Fresno

College of Social Science

Department of Criminology

Review Date Revised

Title:                Criminology

Rank:               Assistant Professor (Two Positions)

Status:              Tenure Track

Start:                Fall 2021 (August 2021)

The Department of Criminology in the College of Social Sciences at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for multiple tenure-track, academic year faculty positions (i.e., Assistant Professor in Criminology), replacing recent faculty retirees and accommodating our expanding student body. The successful candidates will teach undergraduate and graduate students, conduct scholarly and applied research, and engage in service-related activities. The successful candidates must be able to teach in our existing curriculum. Other duties will include but are not limited to, advising Criminology students, participating in program development, actively engaging in research and problem-solving activities, and undertaking committee service at all levels of University governance. Applicants from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

There are multiple separate substantive teaching and research areas needed, including our Forensic Behavioral Science (FBS) major and Victimology option. However, all other backgrounds related to Criminology and FBS broadly will be considered. All successful candidates should be able to teach Research Methods and Statistics.

Position #1 FBS

The FBS major is seeking a person with demonstrable research expertise that may include, but is not limited to, psychology (e.g., biological, clinical, cognitive, experimental, forensic, legal, neurological, or social), neuroscience, biostatistics, or other closely related disciplines. Qualified candidates must be able to contribute to the current specialized curriculum in the Forensic Behavioral Sciences major. Knowledge of the nexus between the behavioral sciences and the civil and criminal justice systems is desirable.

Position #2 Victimology

The Victimology Option within the Criminology Department is seeking a candidate with teaching and research expertise in theoretical victimology, victim advocacy and victim rights, family violence, and/or trauma-informed crisis intervention and victim support. A successful candidate will present a research agenda into victimology related topics and be able to teach and supervise student research in this specific field.

Our Department:  The Criminology Department is proud to be recognized as one of the best and most unique departments in the state, taking pride in offering students a wide array of educational and networking opportunities. The Department offers a Criminology major, with specialties in Corrections, Law Enforcement, and Victimology, and a Forensic Behavioral Sciences (FBS) major. The Department also offers several certificate programs, including the Victim Services Certificate. Together we are the largest major on campus with over 1800 undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty also utilize the FBS Laboratory for research with students as participants or research assistants. The Department also has excellent collaboration with local criminal justice agencies and victim services, and is actively involved in numerous grant projects. Fresno State has been ranked by U.S. News as #100 in top public schools and #26 in Top Performers on Social Mobility.

Our Students:   California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.



Required Education:  An earned Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Victimology, or a closely related discipline including Experimental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Cognitive Science is required from an accredited institution (or equivalent);

Applicants nearing completion of their doctorate may be considered. The Ph.D. must be completed by 8/1/2021. Evidence of completion will be required. Failure to complete the required degree prior to this date will invalidate the appointment. Candidates without a Ph.D. or ABD are not eligible for these positions.

Required Experience:  Applicants must demonstrate:

  1. Ability to demonstrate a commitment to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred ExperienceApplicants must demonstrate evidence of:

  1. demonstrable teaching and research expertise related to FBS or Victimology (see summaries of positions #1-2 above for more information)
  2. teaching experience and effectiveness at the university level (experience as a graduate teaching assistant is acceptable) or demonstration of teaching potential
  3. a record of scholarly paper and/or poster presentations consistent with their years of experience
  4. peer-reviewed publications consistent with their years of experience
  5. show promise of future research productivity with the ability to include and supervise student research
  6. demonstrable, or potential for, applied service experience in areas that may be applied to Criminological, Criminal Justice, Victimological, and/or FBS issues on a local, state, national, or international level
  7. ability, or potential, to teach online and/ or hybrid classes


Application Procedures (Revised review begin):  Preference will be given to those received by November 30, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.  This position automatically closes May 1, 2021. To apply, applicants must complete an on-line application with the following information at

Required information / documents:

  1. cover letter specifically addressing the required experience and preferred qualifications
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. teaching philosophy
  4. research agenda
  5. unofficial graduate transcript(s), or if not available then applicable documentation of academic activity or scholarship
  6. contact information of three professional references
  7. statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Candidates invited for an “on-campus” visit will be requested to submit the following items within the stated deadline. In addition, references will be contacted to submit letters of recommendation.


Committee Information and Search process:

Search Chair:   Dr. Jenna Kieckhaefer
                      Department of Criminology
                      College of Social Science

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect and ethical behavior, please visit: The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.  For additional information, please visit:  We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.


Other Campus Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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