Cal Poly Pomona: Assistant Professor, Criminology


Assistant Professor in Criminology
Department of Sociology

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Science

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Sociology. Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 11 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model.

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 15 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The Cal Poly Pomona campus located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit and YourLife@CPP.

Student Population.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona – nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020.  58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible.  The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International 3% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. 39% of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria.  We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

Tenure track faculty hires will demonstrate a commitment and record of contributions through their teaching, scholarship, or service to these inclusive excellence criteria (a minimum of two must be addressed in the Student Success Statement):

  1. Integrates the values of equity and inclusivity into their teaching, scholarship and/or service contributions with diverse student populations;

  2. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups and communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;

  3. Adopts teaching strategies that supports the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;
  4. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;

  5. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;

  6. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline;

  7. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;

  8. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;

  9. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and

  10. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

The College: Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) brings to life a vibrant hands-on experience through disciplines in the humanities, performing arts, and social sciences. As the heart and soul of the campus, the College’s mission is to cultivate one’s intellectual development, ethical reasoning, and aesthetic sensibility to support creative and critical thinking in a dynamic world of competing challenges. We are a community diverse in backgrounds, expertise, and thought, committed to improving the human condition and to bettering the world. Our faculty, students, and staff are devoted to creating an inclusive environment where all can thrive through the College’s programs, research activities, creative performances, community outreach, and signature experiences. Learn more about the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and our 11 distinct departments at

The Department: The Department of Sociology currently consists of 11 tenured/tenure track faculty covering two majors. The Sociology Department offers undergraduate degrees in General Sociology, a Sociology degree with specialty in Social Work, and since 2020, the department offers a degree in Criminology.

The current search is for a tenure track faculty to teach courses in Criminology and in Sociology. The position requires excellence in teaching, advising, professional and scholarly achievements, and a commitment to service to the department, university, and community. The successful candidate will demonstrate sensitivity to issues of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, class, age, religion, and sexuality. Applicants whose work demonstrates a commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates are strongly urged to familiarize themselves with our program, department, university, and mission.

Minimum requirements include:

  • PhD. in Sociology or Criminology from an accredited university. Doctoral degree must be completed by the start of the appointment;
  • University teaching experience as instructor of record and/or teaching assistant
  • An active scholarly agenda that provides opportunities for student research
  • A Student Success Statement that demonstrates your commitment and record of contributions through applicant’s teaching, scholarship, or service, by addressing at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to teach across areas of the criminology and sociology curriculum and support instruction in the range of courses in crime, law and deviance; prisons/incarceration; cyber-crime/digital surveillance; immigration; or comparative criminology
  • Ability to teach undergraduate research methods, crime analysis, quantitative methods and other courses that meet the needs of the department
  • Ability to teach diverse and large online/in-person classes
  • Ability to serve as an academic advisor

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

Application Process:  A completed application will consist of:

  • A cover letter that addresses the required education, experience, and qualifications articulated in the position description;
  • A curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form and including the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position;
  • A Student Success Statement that demonstrates your commitment and record of contributions through applicant’s teaching, scholarship, or service, by addressing at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above, (limit to 2 pages);
  • A teaching statement, which may include evidence of teaching effectiveness and a discussion of teaching philosophy;
  • A research statement or scholarship plan;
  • A minimum of three recent letters of recommendation;
  • A completed application form;
  • Transcripts showing highest degree earned (an official transcript will be required of finalists).

Consideration of completed applications will begin on October 26, 2021, and continue until  the position is filled. The position is open until filled. Early response is highly encouraged.

To apply online: please submit applications via Interfolio at Applicants will provide contact information for recommenders during the application process and  the system will contact recommenders and provide a method for uploading letters.

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications (electronic only) to

Faculty Search Committee c/o

Dr. Gabriele Plickert

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pomona, CA 91764

Phone: Dr. Plickert (909-869-4752)


Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.