Tenure-Track, Professor of Criminal Justice

Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 29, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Blackburn College, a unique four-year liberal arts college with a student-managed work program located in Carlinville, IL, seeks applications for the position of invites applications for a full-time, teaching-focused, tenure-track position in Criminal Justice beginning Fall 2021. Blackburn offers small class sizes (often under 20 students) and many opportunities to mentor, advise, and otherwise work closely with students. Students are mostly drawn from rural Illinois, metro Chicago, and metro St. Louis; many are first generation, and approximately 22% are students of color.   Blackburn is seeking faculty interested in joining a campus community that promotes diversity, respect, and inclusion, and who can engage the interests of a diverse student population. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The department is looking for a criminologist or sociologist with a specialization in crime. The ideal candidate would possess a PhD in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology or a closely related field; a J.D. is not sufficient for this position.  ABDs will be considered but must have a degree in hand by the time of appointment. 

Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching and student engagement.  The normal teaching load is 12 hours each semester.  Scholarship or other creative pursuits are encouraged and supported.

Applicants should send the following to hr@blackburn.edu:

  • A letter of interest discussing how your professional experiences will strengthen learning and contribute to a small department, as well as a diversity statement describing what diversity means to you and why it is important
  • A statement of teaching philosophy, which should address what diversity means for you and why it is important
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for at least three professional references, with at least one reference able to speak to your teaching ability

Applicants should be legally permitted to work in the United States; Blackburn is not able to sponsor faculty visas.

While review of application materials will begin December 1, 2020 applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The successful applicant must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States. Blackburn College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture that reflects the United States’ diversity. As such we particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups such as women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and those with disabilities. 

Blackburn College, one of eight work colleges in the U.S., is the only college with a student-managed work program. For over 100 years, students have earned a tuition discount by participating in all aspects of running Blackburn. The work requirement for all students provides an affordable education, meaningful work experience and leadership opportunities. The stimulating teaching and learning environment, coupled with the experience and leadership gained through the Work Program, results in an average of 98% of graduates in full-time employment or graduate school within six months of graduation, based on an average 96% survey response rate.

Blackburn College is located in Carlinville, Illinois, a small rural community between Springfield, IL and St. Louis, MO. The college enjoys a very positive relationship with the community. Carlinville has been called one of the “Best Small Towns in America” and is also the seat of Macoupin County. Carlinville offers the small-town America, with brick streets around the town square, many parks, and historical homes and buildings, while being within an easy drive of the urban center of St. Louis, Missouri.

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