Criminal Justice: Assistant Professor

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Aug 28, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

POSITION: A probationary tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Program in the Department of Political Science. The department seeks a dynamic candidate who is committed to excellence in teaching and to maintaining an active research program involving undergraduate students. This position carries an initial two-year probationary appointment starting in the 2021-22 academic year on August 23, 2021.  

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in Criminal Justice or Criminology is preferred. However, candidates holding doctoral degrees in related fields, as well as persons who are ABD, will be considered. We seek candidates who demonstrate an ability to teach core and elective courses in our curriculum. Experience or interest in developing and teaching new courses in your area of expertise is a plus. Candidates should have the potential to bring diverse perspectives to UWEC and to be effective in working with historically under-represented student populations. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience teaching courses and conducting research in victimology or policing is desired, with the ability to teach intro-level criminal justice. Evidence of successful university teaching and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness also will be considered an asset. 

DUTIES: Teach courses in the Criminal Justice Program in the Department of Political Science based on program needs and in accordance with specialization; actively participate in research and scholarship; provide career advising/mentorship to students as assigned; engage in service to the department, university, and profession. 

DEPARTMENT: The Criminal Justice Program, with approximately 300 majors, offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Criminal Justice and is the largest comprehensive major on campus. Our award-winning program faculty work collaboratively with students on research, oversee service learning and internship projects, and have the opportunity to teach abroad. Many of our students take jobs with local and regional agencies upon graduation, while others attend top law schools and graduate programs.

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,200 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal arts education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning as well as through dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation. The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/Saint Paul. The Chippewa Valley features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire website: You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the Criminal Justice Assistant Professor position (Job ID # 16596) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed. 

Please include the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial graduate school transcript
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Sample of scholarly writing 

In addition, candidates must submit three letters of recommendation. These letters should be submitted via email to or mailed to:

Dr. Jason Spraitz
Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice
Department of Political Science
University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702-4004 

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by October 9, 2020. However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment. 

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7). 

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited, the University Police want students, faculty, and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Visit our Campus Security & Fire Report ( and our Campus Security Authority policy ( 

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.