Family Engagement and Correctional Systems Postdoctoral Scholar


The Criminology, Law, and Society Department at University of California, Irvine is currently accepting applications for a two-year postdoctoral scholar position. The successful applicant will collaborate with researchers and correctional experts from state prison systems to conduct a multi-strategy investigation into the policies, practices, and programs that address family engagement in state correctional systems. The project includes a review of state policies and practices that address engagement (i.e., in-person, virtual visits, telephone, and (e)mail correspondence), and family programming (e.g., programs that strengthen families, debriefing sessions, transportation/call assistance), the interpersonal and institutional barriers to family engagement, and the relationship between family engagement and the well-being of incarcerated persons. The postdoctoral scholar will also take part in an examination of correctional personnel who directly oversee family engagement opportunities and processes and assess how their views and decisions relate to outcomes such as job satisfaction and burnout.

The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with a team of researchers (Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Dr. Susan Turner, Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman, Dr. Melinda Tasca, and Dr. Daniel Butler) on a grant funded project dedicated to expanding the evidence base on family engagement of incarcerated persons.

We are seeking a highly-motivated individual with data collection, data management, and analytic experience with cross-sectional and longitudinal data. Travel to state prison systems to support the research process (e.g., conduct interviews, meet with correctional leaders, and key stakeholders) will be part of the postdoctoral scholar’s duties. Experience conducting research with justice-involved individuals in correctional settings is preferred.

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the fields of criminology, psychology, or a related field.
  • Strong skills in data management and quantitative data analysis.

Other considerations:

  • Excellent scientific writing and spoken English skills.
  • Strong skills in qualitative methods.
  • Outstanding individual initiative.
  • Publications in academic journals.
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills.

Application materials:

  • Please send a CV, cover letter, and names of 3 references that can provide letters of recommendation upon request. The position is a two-year appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Applications must be submitted online:

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Nancy Rodriguez (

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,

religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.