Assistant Professor in Technology and Justice, Crime or Law

WorkplaceGuelph, Ontario, Canada

Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor in Technology and Justice, Crime or Law

College: College of Social & Applied Human Sciences

Department: Political Science or Sociology and Anthropology

Date Posted: July 10, 2023
Deadline: August 30, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD # 23-40

Position Description:

The Department of Political Science and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph invite applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. We are searching for a candidate in the area of Technology and Justice, Crime, or Law to support our Criminal Justice and Public Policy (CJPP) undergraduate program, Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy (CCJP) graduate program and/or Justice and Legal Studies (JLS) undergraduate program. The successful candidate will be housed in either Political Science or Sociology and Anthropology, as appropriate. This is a tenure-track position with a distribution of effort of 60% Teaching, 20% Research, and 20% Service. The successful candidate will develop and teach courses related to technology, justice, crime and the law, such as the use (or misuse) of AI in criminal justice, law, or another public policy area; the legal, sociological, or policy dimensions of cybersecurity or cybercrime; technology and judicial decision-making; human-centric cybersecurity; or other possible topics related to technology and justice, crime or law. Depending on the expertise of the successful candidate, other courses may include the following: SOC*3490 Law and Society; POLS*2230 Public Policy; SOC*3750 Police in Society; SOC*3740 Corrections and Penology; POLS*3300 Governing Criminal Justice; POLS*3130 Law, Politics and the Judicial Process; SOC*1500 Crime and Criminal Justice; and JLS*1000 Introduction to Justice and Law. We would also expect the candidate to teach 4th-year seminars and lectures, such as POLS*4060 Advance Lecture in Law and Politics or SOC*4030 Advanced Topics in Criminology. There may also be opportunities to teach and develop graduate-level courses. The successful candidate will hold a PhD or be ABD in Political Science, Sociology, Criminology, Law (SJD or PhD), or a related discipline, with a record of excellence in teaching and research commensurate with their experience. The anticipated start date is either January 1, 2024 or July 1, 2024 depending on the preference of the successful candidate. The Department of Political Science which is comprised of 24 faculty members, offers undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Justice and Legal Studies and MA and PhD Degrees in Political Science. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology , which is comprised of 28 faculty members, offers undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and in Sociology, and graduate degrees in Anthropology (MA) and in Sociology (MA, PhD). The two Departments collaborate to offer a BA in Criminal Justice and Public Policy, and an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy. The Departments also participate in other interdisciplinary programs such as Development Studies, One Health, and Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice. The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences is a national and international leader in promoting community engagement in research, teaching, and learning. The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our university community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on August 30, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) statement of research interests; and (4) evidence of excellence in teaching and learning. Applications should be sent to the attention of: Troy Riddell
Associate Professor
Chair, Political Science
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
Email: All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position. The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them. At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion ( is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution. If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.
In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2651040.