From 2000 until 2012 Professor Gottfredson was Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UCI. From 2012 until 2014 he was President of the University of Oregon. Prior to joining the University of California, Professor Gottfreson was Vice President for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Management and Policy, Law, Sociology, and Psychology at the University of Arizona and Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Professor Gottfredson's research and teaching specialties are theories of crime and delinquency and the criminal justice system. He has published numerous books and articles in the professional literature about the causes of crime and crime policy. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and and the Western Society of Criminology. At UCI he has been the recipient of the Extraordinarius Award and the Excellence in Equity Award. In 2001 he was given the Paul Tappan Award by the Western Society of Criminology for "outstanding contributions to criminology" and in 2003 the Richard McGee Award by the American Justice Institute for "outstanding contributions to crime and delinquency theory."