Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Quantitative Criminology

ART Sociology

Competition No.  -    A111351773
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

Location - North Campus Edmonton. This role is in person

The Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Quantitative Criminology, with an anticipated starting date of July 1, 2024.

Position Summary

We welcome candidates with expertise in Criminology and the Sociology of Crime/Deviance, or closely related disciplines. The candidate should have demonstrated skills in quantitative approaches to the study of crime or criminal justice institutions or processes. Applicants studying diverse substantive criminology-related topics are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential to develop a prominent empirical research program, secure external funding, engage in interdisciplinary research collaborations, and provide service to the department and university. They will also teach and train graduate and undergraduate students and contribute to the department’s vibrant undergraduate criminology program.

Teaching: 4 courses per year. Usual non-teaching duties. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales:

Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD in Criminology, Sociology, or a closely related discipline. PhD must be in hand by time of the appointment. ABD will be considered only if there is strong evidence that the PhD will be completed by July 1, 2024;
  • Evidence of an active empirical research program in Criminology or a closely related discipline and the potential for developing a prominent sustained research program, demonstrated by a record of  research publications, conference presentations, and/or community-engaged scholarship;
  • A track record of successful research funding or the potential for securing external research funding in the future;
  • A clear plan for future research;
  • Skilled teaching and mentorship suitable to the candidate’s career stage

Department/Faculty Summary

The Department of Sociology is a unit within the Faculty of Arts. With teaching and research specializations in Criminology, Social Structure & Policy, and Theory & Culture, it is one of the top Sociology programs in Canada. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with award-winning scholars and be a member of the Centre for Criminological Research. The Department of Sociology is committed to the principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and offers a vibrant and supportive work environment with outstanding support for research and teaching.

With 15 Departments, 1 Interdisciplinary Unit, and 15 Centres and Institutes, the Faculty of Arts is the oldest and most diverse faculty on campus and is one of the largest research and teaching centres in Western Canada. For more information about the Faculty, visit

Working at the University of Alberta

Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, homeland of the Métis, and traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the best universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research, and service.

The University is home to a diverse and welcoming community of over 1,300 Indigenous students from various Nations and communities; 4.2% of undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts self-identify as Indigenous. In 2022, the University's Indigenous Strategic Plan was implemented, reflecting an important step in our institution’s commitment to reconciliation in post-secondary education and research, addressing the historical legacy of the residential school system and Canada’s colonial history in a meaningful and lasting way. The University's principles and actions and its EDI Strategic Plan are underpinned by respect for the dignity, rights, and full participation of all those who live, work, and learn within the university. This is underscored by the Faculty of Arts commitment to fostering a welcoming, equitable, and antiracist working through deliberate actions to address structural oppression and racism. The Academic Success Centre administers the University of Alberta’s Duty to Accommodate procedure for students, and works with students, instructors, campus units, Faculties and departments, community and government agencies, and on and off-campus service providers to coordinate students’ medical and non-medical accommodation needs for participation in University of Alberta academic programs.

Edmonton, a city with a metro population of nearly 1.5 million people, has the second largest Indigenous population and the fourth largest Black population of any Canadian city. Nearly 10% of Edmonton's population is of South Asian origin and 16% of East and Southeast Asian origin, with growing numbers of Edmontonians of Filipino, Latin American, and Middle Eastern origins. Edmonton’s school systems, including but not limited to Edmonton Public School Board, Edmonton Catholic School Board and the Francophone school board of Centre Nord, offer French immersion and bilingual education for children in a range of languages such as German, Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Punjabi and American Sign Language. At least two high schools, Amiskwaciy Academy and Victoria School of the Arts offer Cree and Blackfoot as a high school credit and has started an Indigenous Ways of Knowing program in junior high school. Edmonton has a thriving cultural scene including music, visual arts, theater, festivals, and dining.

For more information about the University of Alberta and Edmonton, please visit and

How to Apply

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile (2 pages max);
  • curriculum vitae that includes the names of three referees (CV);
  • research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research (2 pages max) (attach under “Research Plan”);
  • A recent sample of written work (sole authored works are preferred. If submitting a co-authored work please specific the nature of the co-authorship) (attach under “List of Publications”)

Please note: Letters of reference, teaching dossier and EDI statement will only be requested for selected candidates. Referees should be prepared to send their letters by November 6, 2023.

Inquiries regarding the position can be addressed to the Interim Chair of the Department of Sociology, Dr. Kevin Haggerty ( (using “Criminology Positions 2024” as the email’s subject).

Review of applications will start on October 5, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled, with a targeted start date of July 1, 2024.

As part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program requirements, the university must conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker. To ensure we remain in compliance with these regulations, please include the appropriate statement in your application "I am a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident" or "I am not a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident".

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.