Instructor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Non-Tenure Track

Faculty Boston, Massachusetts


The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Suffolk University is recruiting a full-time non-tenure track (NTT) instructor for a one-year, renewable position beginning July 1, 2024.  The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. sociology, criminology, criminal justice, public policy, public administration); preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching courses in sociology or criminal justice at the college/university level. Ability to teach courses in both our Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies program and our undergraduate major programs in Sociology and Criminal Justice is required.  The successful candidate will be able to teach Research Methods (at both the undergraduate and graduate level) as well as various other core and elective courses. Inclusive teaching practices and a commitment to supporting the success of students from diverse backgrounds are high priorities.  Faculty responsibilities include teaching 4 courses per semester (a 4-4 annual course load), advising and mentoring students, serving on committees, and actively participating in the life of the department, college and university.

Suffolk’s Sociology & Criminal Justice Department is committed to rigorous, cutting-edge scholarship and teaching that are designed to promote social justice. We study and teach about a wide range of social issues and work on these issues in Boston-area schools, prisons, shelters, and communities dealing with crime. Our research is drawn upon by policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels. We are a diverse department that is welcoming, respecting, and holds high expectations for all students.

Founded in 1906 by Gleason Archer, who provided legal education in the evening to individuals who might not otherwise have been afforded that opportunity, Suffolk University consistently seeks to advance its history as a school of access and opportunity. Over one third of our undergraduate students identify as first-generation and 35% of our undergraduate and graduate students are from racially minoritized groups. Set in the heart of Boston, our students and faculty thrive among the endless experiential learning and scholarship opportunities and partnerships.

Our access and opportunity mission is lived through our decisions at every level. U.S. News ranked Suffolk University among the top 100 universities in the country for social mobility. Through student, faculty and staff recruitment and support, community engagement, curriculum development, and research, the University community works to advance equity for every student, every day. Learn more about how we manifest the core values of our mission at Suffolk DEI.  

The successful candidate will contribute to Suffolk’s rich tradition of community-engaged teaching and experiential education that prepares our diverse, substantially first-generation college students for careers and civic engagement. We seek candidates with a commitment to inclusive pedagogy and curricular diversity, mentoring and advising students—especially first-generation college students—as well as conducting impactful research with undergraduates.   

Not sure this is you? Contact us to find out! Research indicates that women and members of under-represented groups tend not to apply to jobs when they think they do not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do. Suffolk University is dedicated to a diverse and inclusive academic community. Familiarity with and experience using pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and ability groups to reach their maximum potential is a valuable qualification. 

A complete submission will include a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, two sample syllabi for proposed courses, student course evaluations and contact information for three professional references.

Suffolk University is a private, comprehensive, urban university located in downtown Boston, and is an equal opportunity employer committed to faculty diversity. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.  To learn more about the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, go to our

Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Felicia P. Wiltz, Department Chair at [email protected].

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, the University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.