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Job no: 494854

Work type: Staff

Location: Newark

Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time


Post-Doctoral for Diversity Fellowship Opportunity

 As part of the University of Delaware’s commitment to enhancing diversity among its faculty, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice ( invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in justice, law and social control to begin Fall 2020. We are especially interested in scholars whose work furthers our understanding of law, justice, or social control among minority populations. Field of study is open but candidates conducting research in areas that build upon the strength of SOCI/CJ faculty and/or current funded projects in the Center for Drug and Health Studies (CDHS; are especially welcome. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in faculty positions in higher education.

 Postdoctoral scholars will be expected to teach two courses per academic year, engage with faculty and graduate students in a collaborative research environment, and participate fully in academic life of the department.  The time in residence will consist of mentoring experiences, which include establishing collaborative research partnerships with SOCI/CJ faculty, producing peer-review publications, developing strong teaching skills, seeking funding opportunities, and other professional development opportunities. While these activities are important, enhancing the department’s commitment to diversity is a core aspect of this post-doctoral fellowship (

The two-year term for this position extends from August 16, 2020 until July 31, 2022.  A Ph.D. at the time of appointment is required; the doctorate must have been completed within three years before the date of appointment. Postdoctoral scholars will receive all university employee benefits, full access to the University’s Morris Library and IT resources and modest support for research and/or travel expenses, as well as an office and computer. Selected candidates must not have another employment obligation.

For inquiries only, contact Professor Tammy Anderson, Chair, Sociology and Criminal Justice Search Committee; Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice; University of Delaware; Newark, DE 19716-2580, e-mail: Application materials will not be accepted through personal correspondence.


Application Instructions:

 Applicants should submit the following:

1. Cover letter;

2. Curriculum vitae;

2. Scholarly paper (or dissertation chapter) written in the past three years;

3. Statement of no more than 1,500 words outlining your research interests and describing the proposed project(s) to be completed while in residency, including how the candidate meets the criteria listed above and enhances the university’s commitment to diversity; and

4. Three contact references (letters of recommendation may be requested)

The committee will begin reviewing applications on April 1, and the position will remain open until filled


The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers undergraduate and graduate programs.  The Department offers degrees at the undergraduate (Sociology; Criminal Justice), masters (Sociology; Criminology), and doctoral (Sociology; Criminology) levels.  The Department is a growing department with award winning faculty and a highly ranked PhD program in Criminology as shown in the latest USNWR ranking. 

 The University of Delaware ( is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. UD is designated as a high research activity university (Carnegie rated) and with external funding exceeding $200 million, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering. With 23 academic departments, 27 interdisciplinary programs and centers, and more than 10,000 students, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on campus ( Additionally, UD is located in Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. 

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer that strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. 

Applications close: Open until filled

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