Institutional Justice and the Criminal Justice System - DU IRISE Post-Doctoral Fellow
University of Denver (Denver, Colorado)
January 20, 2023
Post date: January 6, 2023

The University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE: is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners for August 1, 2023 and ending June 30, 2025.


Position Summary


Under the guidance and mentorship of an interdisciplinary team of faculty and community partners and in connection to IRISE’s Social Movement Support Lab, the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to pursue an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach to address on-going and deep-rooted racial disparities in the criminal justice system. The position will provide experiences in research, teaching, and service, and prepare the fellow to pursue a professional trajectory including, but not limited to, tenure-track appointment in the academy.


Essential Functions



  • The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to join and grow preexisting DU faculty projects examining the connection between institutional and systemic racism in the criminal justice system of the United States. Specifically, the fellow will be able to: train in robust and innovative research methodologies and apply them in an inter- or transdisciplinary way, participate in the engagement and recruitment of minoritized populations, and learn and implement strategies for community-engaged collaborations.
  • The fellow will be housed in the appropriate academic department and will primarily engage in independent research, scholarship, and creative work under the guidance of departmental faculty and the interdisciplinary team.
  • The search will be led by Dr. Reginald Byron who will then work to identify appropriate mentorship, collaboration, and training opportunities for the selected fellow depending upon their area of expertise. Areas of expertise include but are not limited to sociology and criminology, political science, psychology, history, and other related disciplines. The mentorship team will provide unique perspectives, approaches, and training that will advance the fellow’s development as educator researching racial inequity in context of substantive community engagement.
  • The fellow will have the opportunity to interact with the faculty and graduate students in the appropriate department and greater DU community, and to receive clerical and research support (e.g., grant writing support, professional development workshops).


  • The fellow will teach one course (independently) in the 2023-24 academic year and two independent courses in the 2024-2025 academic years on topics that will satisfy requirements for DU’s Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor and soon to be major, or related topics on racial inequality.
  • Courses may be cross listed across relevant departments and/or taught in alternative departments in different terms.
  • Fellows will have access to resources and training, particularly to inclusive pedagogical practices, through the University of Denver’s
  • Office of Teaching and Learning.


  • The fellow will work closely with IRISE to develop as a campus leader and to thereby extend the impact of DU faculty and students on issues of racial (in)equity. More specifically, the fellow will collaborate on the vision, design, and implementation of IRISE programming related to their research areas each year.
  • The successful candidate will also be expected to actively participate in and support IRISE’s intellectual life and various other partner initiative (DU’s Grand Challenges) in amplifying their role as a scholar confronting racial inequality in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.
  • The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate and help grow DU’s Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program.
  • Among other goals, the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program is working to become a major degree program and a broader location for robust learning about and engagement with racial inequity in Denver and beyond.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • The ideal candidate will have strong methodological training, a record of successful publication in a related field, and a demonstrated commitment to racial equality and social justice.
  • Preference will be given to fellows with prior experience in research examining racial and/or intersectional inequality.
  • We will also prioritize applicants who demonstrate advanced methodological skills that can be applied to multi-method research designs.
  • Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to working with diverse student and community populations.
  • We do not expect the candidate to have experience in all areas of the fellowship, as training will be provided by the mentors.
  • In addition, because of the value of lived experiences in the investigation and understanding of inequality, we especially encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in sociology and criminology, political science, psychology, history, and other related disciplines. Applicants must have completed all requirements for their PhD by the start date.
  • Interest in pursuing research that integrates race and ethnic studies.
  • Strong methodological training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Because of the value of lived experiences in the investigation and understanding of racial inequality, we especially encourage applications from racially as well as gender minoritized groups.

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment. 2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high. 3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.


Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period. 2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.


Work Schedule

Varied. University of Denver hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) January 20th, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 8.

Salary Range:
In accordance with the NIH guidelines the salary for this position is $54,840.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. CV
2. Cover Letter that addresses the required qualifications of the job description and any additional qualifications relevant to the position; how the candidates research agenda, skills and expertise is connected to understanding issues of racial and social inequity the criminal justice regime of the United States.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Application Instructions 

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Review Begins: 
January 20, 2023

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