Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies

Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 24, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies in the Department of Intelligence Studies of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences. The position is located at the Erie campus and begins spring semester 2021. To be hired at the tenure-track assistant professor level, applicants should possess a Ph.D., or other terminal degree. ABDs are encouraged to apply but hiring will be at the visiting instructor level without a tenure-track option until Ph.D. is completed. Candidates should have five years of IC experience. Special attention will be given to applicants who have ten or more years of practitioner experience and the ability to manage applied analytic projects, grants and contracts.


Job Summary

Successful candidates will teach introductory and applied courses in intelligence analysis at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  In addition, successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to teach undergraduate or graduate courses in two or more of the following areas:


  • Law Enforcement Intelligence
  • Cyber Threat Analysis or data analytics
  • Managed attribution and Open-Source Intelligence
  • Geospatial Intelligence
  • Structured Analytic Techniques
  • Social Media Analysis
  • Science and Technology Intelligence


In addition to instruction, duties include curriculum development, service to the profession, and participation in University and Ridge College activities, including student mentoring, development of internship and employment opportunities, and grant or contractual work with the Ridge College’s Institute. The selected candidate must demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence, continued learning in their field, and academic and public scholarship.


The intelligence studies program is an interdisciplinary application of the skills of intelligence professional with problem solving, communication, and application within critical national security, law enforcement and business domains. The college meets these objectives through a challenging curriculum that emphasizes problem development, information collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and the application of technology to assist in information gathering, analysis, and knowledge transfer (big data). The importance of multi-media, social media and data visualization to support communication is emphasized. Courses in leadership, ethics and organizational theory assist in preparing students for new leadership and management roles in intelligence and applied sciences. Follow us on Facebook: Mercyhurst University Ridge College.


The Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences brings together complementary academic disciplines that stress critical thinking, data analysis, and collaborative decision- making. Serving as a center of excellence for distance and online learning, the Ridge College takes the lead in exploring, designing and developing new ways to deliver professional education. A Ridge College education helps make sense of the complex behaviors of people, organizations, and governments through the application of principles, theories, and technologies in innovative and exciting ways. More information on the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University is available at


How to Apply

The initial review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must be currently eligible to work in the United States. Applicants must send a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and teaching philosophy to:


Human Resources

501 East 38th Street Erie, PA 16546

Fax: 814-824-2279




Mercyhurst University is a fully accredited, comprehensive institution, founded in Erie, PA, by the Sisters of Mercy in 1926. The Erie campus, located on a picturesque hillside crowning the city, offers 50 undergraduate majors with 67 concentrations, as well as unique adult programs and eight graduate programs. The Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies and Master of Science in Applied Intelligence programs focus on providing a solid theoretical and applied education in intelligence studies across the fields of national security, military, law enforcement, and competitive intelligence. Current program enrollments in Erie, PA include over 300 undergraduates and 150 graduate students.


Mercyhurst University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that encourages members of diverse groups to apply.