Assistant or Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Purdue University Northwest
Indiana, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 05, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant or Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Purdue University Northwest

Position Qualifications

Purdue University Northwest’s Department of Behavioral Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track professor position in Criminal Justice, to support the department’s new BA and BS in Criminal Justice programs. The position is to begin in August 2021. Rank is dependent upon experience and qualifications. The position requires a PhD in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, or a closely related discipline. A JD-only is insufficient for this position. ABDs with expected 2021 graduation dates will also be considered. Candidates must be able to perform high quality teaching, scholarship and service, and they must demonstrate commitment to promoting diversity and social justice, including anti-racism, in their roles as faculty member.

The ideal candidate will have college teaching experience. The position includes teaching Introduction to the Criminal Justice System and preference will be given to applicants who can teach one or more of Introduction to Courts in the US, Criminal Law and Procedure, and International Criminal Justice. Also, significant experience in leadership and program development is a plus.

 University Profile

 Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is an academically comprehensive, student-centered university located in northwest Indiana, just southeast of Chicago. As an independent university within the Purdue University system, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community for its approximate 7,000 student body through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. Offering nearly 70 academic areas of study at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, PNW’s colleges, schools and centers are distinguished through prestigious accreditations, national recognitions and competitive rankings. The university is widely respected for its faculty’s dedication to student success through experiential learning and collaborative research across its two culturally diverse campuses in Hammond and Westville, Indiana.  In the fall of 2020, a new state of the art, 68,000 sq. ft. Bioscience Innovations Building opened on the Hammond campus.

 PNW was formed by the unification of the former Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central. PNW is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which approved the creation of the university in March 2016. Academic programs are offered within five colleges with operations on two campuses located 35 miles apart in Hammond and Westville. Faculty positions serve on both campuses.

 College Profile

 The College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences serves over 1,500 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students across a wide range of programs. In addition to the Psychology Department, other administrative units within the college include:

  • Behavioral Sciences Department
  • Communication and Creative Arts Department
  • English Department
  • History and Philosophy Department
  • Political Science, Economics, World Languages and Cultures Department
  • School of Education & Counseling

 The College houses the Community Counseling Center that provides quality affordable mental health services and the Institute for Social and Policy Research, which uses social science and policy analysis methods to find solutions to educational, social, and health‐related challenges facing the citizens of Northwest Indiana and the Chicago metropolitan region.  The college is also home to the Willie T. Donald Exoneration Advisory Coalition to support those who have been wrongfully convicted in the state of Indiana.

 Department of Behavioral Sciences Profile

 Behavioral Sciences is a vibrant department with several programs and opportunities for collaboration. We also offer undergraduate majors in Behavioral Sciences, Human Development and Family Studies, Social Work, and Sociology and a graduate program in Couple and Family Therapy. The department also houses the Couple and Family Therapy Center, which is located in the PNW Indianapolis Boulevard Counseling Center. Like the university in general, our students are primarily first-generation college students. In support of the University’s Strategic Plan, the Department is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff who foster diverse learning environments for students.

 How to Apply

 To apply, submit a letter of interest, CV, and other required information at:  Also, have three letters of recommendation sent to Pamela Koltes at In the letter of interest, please describe your commitment to diversity and social justice, including anti-racism, and give examples of actions designed to foster them. For full consideration, the deadline for application is December 15, 2020. For questions about this position, please contact Lee Michael Johnson, Behavioral Sciences Department Chair, at

 Purdue University offers an attractive salary and an excellent benefits package. Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.