Tenure Track Faculty - Law

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Human Development

COLLEGE: Health and Human Services

DEPARTMENT: Division of Criminal Justice

POSITION TITLE: Tenure Track Faculty - Law 


California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State), the capital campus, invites applications from individuals interested in joining our dynamic, diverse, and growing criminal justice faculty. Sacramento State, with a student population of approximately 30,000 is one of the larger 23 campuses of the California State University system.  Sacramento State is also one of the most diverse of the CSU campuses and has been designated both as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). There are approximately 1,800 permanent full-time faculty and lecturers who provide programs of instruction leading towards bachelor’s degrees in 60 disciplines and Master’s degrees in 40 disciplines, one joint doctoral program, and three independent doctoral programs.

Sacramento is a high-growth metropolitan area with a population of approximately two million. Sacramento is a city and county with a very diverse and vibrant population. As California’s capital, Sacramento is an advantageous landscape for premier academic programs and the development of influential leaders. As a major metropolitan Anchor University (, Sacramento State is committed to providing leadership in addressing significant regional needs and to enriching our liberal arts tradition. The proximity of Sacramento State to the California legislature and other agencies of state and federal government provides unparalleled opportunities for faculty and students alike, to participate in public service through policy research, internships, and employment.

The Division of Criminal Justice undergraduate program is one of the highest ranked academic programs at Sacramento State, and it is the second largest major in the university, plus a modest-sized graduate program.  The Division provides education to approximately 1,800 majors and pre-majors (Expressed Interest), maintaining one of the most diverse student and faculty programs within the University. Approximately 40 percent of our students are first-generation college students and two-thirds of Criminal Justice students are under-represented minorities.

The Division focuses on the development of professionals as well as educated citizenry to serve in leadership and administrative roles, in both the design and management of an effective, efficient, and complex criminal justice/criminal legal system and procedures. The Division’s curriculum emphasizes ethical decision making and problem solving as applied to a broad-based criminal justice curriculum, with a vision of being “…a dynamic center for educating students to be future leaders with professional competencies and ethics, abilities and values that allow them to be productive and engaged members of a global society,” under the Hornet Honor Code:

Graduates are expected to demonstrate a firm understanding of the nature of crime and deviance, its impact on society, and society's response to criminal and deviant behavior under the principles of due process and rule of law. Criminal Justice students must acquire command of a substantive body of knowledge about the operations and dynamics in the correctional system, the law and courts, police/public safety, as well as offenders, law enforcement, investigations, administration, and a wide-range of critical and contemporary criminal justice issues, including global issues in criminology. The Division is very engaged in the current campus priority for new action on anti-racism initiatives through its series of workshops, seminars and trainings on racial justice, with many opportunities, activities and services in the broader community. The Division houses the Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars (LECS), an undergraduate student certificate/mentoring program for those from underserved populations interested in going into law enforcement. The Division prepares leaders for local, state, federal, and global criminal justice services, and is guided by the following values:

  • Objective, scientific, evidence-informed decision-making
  • High ethical standards
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Transparency and integrity
  • Adaptability and flexibility to a changing world
  • Respect and compassion for individual and human rights
  • Lifelong learning

Sacramento State is committed to student success ( has a variety of resources that contribute to its ability to create and deliver an innovative and scholarly graduate program in the field of criminal justice. Students benefit from access to faculty in a wide range of fields, modern research facilities, an established graduate program in criminal justice, and collegial relations with other universities and public agencies in the field of criminal justice.


This is a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor to teach within the Division of Criminal Justice in the College of Health and Human Services beginning in August 2024. 

The classification annual salary range for this position is $64,860-$158,064; the anticipated annual starting salary is $ 74,642. Salary and appointment to the Assistant or Associate professor level will be dependent upon CSU system-wide ranges, qualifications, and professional experience.


(1) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in criminal justice in a way that fosters inclusive and equitable student success in topics that include, but are not limited to, procedural and substantive criminal law, judicial process, and other areas within the Division as needed;

(2) developing other undergraduate/graduate courses in area of specialization as needed;

(3) engaging in scholarly and creative activities;

(4) serving on division, college and university committees;

(5) advising students;

(6) supervising undergraduate research and/or Master's student research/theses;

(7) participating actively in a variety of community activities, including those directly connected to the legal profession.




Earned juris doctorate (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association or the State Bar of California and have membership in good standing in a state bar association. Ph.Ds. without a J.D. will not be considered.

Special Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong background and knowledge in criminal law and criminal procedure.
  • Capacity to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, law of evidence, structure and function of courts, and other related subject matter is required.
  • Candidates must exhibit a capacity to utilize instructional technology in teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a classroom environment that is inclusive and equitable.


  • Successful teaching experience at a university level
  • Three years of practice in criminal law, constitutional law, or related practice area.


  • Experience with and/or potential to provide academic and career advising to diverse students, such as pre-law advising
  • Record of publication and/or scholarly activity
  • Proficient in languages other than English
  • Ability to contribute to the campus imperatives
  • Experience teaching online courses
  • Ability to develop undergraduate research projects/lead undergraduate teams
  • Ability to teach large classes (70 students or more)


Candidates from underrepresented and/or minority groups in law and legal education are strongly encouraged to apply. Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state, and we believe that all are enriched and unified by this diversity. In that spirit, we welcome and encourage applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people with the commitment and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population, to create inclusive classrooms as well as workplace, and experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular approaches.


Application Review

The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023. Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website located at Required application materials are:

  • A cover letter,
  • current curriculum vita/resume
  • unofficial transcripts of all college work (official copies required if invited for an interview)
  • a diversity statement (see below)
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • statement of scholarly interests
  • evidence (e.g. recent student course evaluations) of successful university teaching experience.
  • recent professional references (3) with names and phone contact information,

Note: Diversity Statement: Given Sacramento State’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff and administrators, describe your individual commitment and experiences as well as its place in your teaching or research. What contributions are you most proud of that demonstrate commitment to promoting an inclusive environment? Please, limit your response to the Diversity Statement not more than 500 words.


About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

 “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. 

Out of State Employment

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa).              

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