Law Enforcement, Assistant Professor (AA22005)

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 16, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Law Enforcement, Assistant Professor (AA22005)

Division: Academic Affairs
Department: Social & Behavioral Science, College of
Unit: Government209, IFO
Location: Mankato
FLSA: Exempt
Employment Condition: Probationary
Work Shift:
Work Schedule/Hours/Days:

Posting Details:
APPLICATION DEADLINE:Tenure-Track (Probationary*)

POSITION: Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 8, 2021.

Salary Minimum:
Salary Maximum:
Salary Type: Depends on qualifications
Bargaining Unit/Plan: 209, IFO

Job Description:
The successful candidate will work as a member of the Law Enforcement Program and Criminal Justice Program faculty and will teach courses and advise students enrolled in the undergraduate Professional Peace Officer Education Program and Criminal Justice Program. The candidate's areas of academic focus should include general criminal justice and criminology, research methods, community interactions, and culturally responsive criminal justice practices. The candidate must possess the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a range of cultural, ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds and be willing to meet the following expectations:
  • A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twenty four (24) credits of instruction per academic year.
  • The successful candidate may need to teach in other areas as assigned and qualified.
  • May be expected to develop and deliver face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line instruction at the Mankato campus, online, and/or at the university's additional locations, as assigned.
  • The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, conduct research productively and mentor students in research, help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion, and may be expected to develop external grant funding opportunities.
  • All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, incontributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (See Article 22 and Appendix G of the IFO Master Agreement)
  • This position will advise undergraduate majors.
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in advanced criminal investigations, police technical writing, introduction to criminal justice, criminal justice and criminology, juvenile justice, and criminal justice research methods.
  • The successful candidate will contribute to innovative strategies designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups.
  • The successful candidate will incorporate information on diversity, cultural competence, and cultural responsiveness into their courses.
  • The successful candidate will responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in advanced criminal investigations, police technical writing, introduction to criminal justice, criminal justice and criminology, and criminal justice research methods.
  • The successful candidate will also be given the opportunity to develop courses related to their individual areas of expertise and develop the community experience courses that were recommended by the Criminal Justice Program Review Workgroup.

Required Qualifications:
  • Completed Juris Doctorate or a completed Master’s degree (M.A., M.P.A or M.S.) in Police Studies, Public Administration, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology or related field with research in the field of Criminal Justice.
  • Documented experience with college-level teaching and/or criminal justice training instruction in a face-to-face environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills.
  • Completed doctorate or ABD (Ph.D., Ed.D. or Doctor of Public Administration) in Law Enforcement, Police Studies, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Public Administration, Homeland Security, or any discipline with related research to the field of Criminal Justice.
  • A minimum of five years of service as a sworn, licensed law enforcement officer in the United States at the local, state, county, or federal level, or employee of an affiliated criminal justice organization or institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach the courses listed below, along with additional courses depending on the department’s needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach the following courses: Advanced Criminal Investigations, Police Technical Writing, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Juvenile Justice, and Research Methods.
  • Experience with helping students develop critical thinking and decision making skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach using technology in the classroom and/or online course delivery.
  • Experience creating community connections and fostering experiential learning opportunities.
  • Demonstrated service in the community and law enforcement profession.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the development of students who are culturally responsive in the field of criminal justice.

Other Requirements:
Work safely at all times, which includes but is not limited to, participating and completing all required safety trainings, as well as performing all job tasks in accordance with Minnesota State University, Mankato policies and procedures utilizing appropriate tools, equipment and personal protective equipment.

The Law Enforcement Program is the largest pre-professional law enforcement four-year program in Minnesota with an annual undergraduate enrollment of approximately 250-300 students. We currently have six full-time faculty members who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and preparing students to become license-eligible peace officers. In addition, the Law Enforcement Program has a full-time academic advisor. The Criminal Justice program is a collaboration between faculty in the Law Enforcement Program and the Corrections Program, and although it is only in the second year, there are approximately 100 students in the program.
The faculty and staff in these programs are committed to excellence and being a leader in culturally responsive criminal justice education in the State of Minnesota, and across the United States. We are seeking a faculty colleague who can enhance the diversity and knowledge base of our program and department, and can make a unique contribution to our curriculum and students through their experiences and interest in serving diverse populations.

University Demographics

Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is a regional comprehensive university with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-working thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 53,000 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Serving ~18,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with >200 academic programs, from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18+% students of color and 1,300+ international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions, 3 additional locations, and extensive partnerships. With ~1,700 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $216 million, and generates $781.5 million in economic impact per year. Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities. Noteworthy facts include: specialized accreditation, certification, or recognition, by more than 24 accrediting bodies; designation as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture, by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2015; selection among the top 10% of American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) institutions for the Re-imagining the First Year of College (RFY) position project; and an Intercollegiate Athletics program that has ranked in the top 5 nationally within the Learfeld Sports Directors’ Cup standings for 7 of the last 10 years.

We seek to attract teaching and research-active, culturally and academically diverse faculty members, with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation. Additional information on Minnesota State University, Mankato can be found at:


To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website:

A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact Information for three (3) references
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree
  • A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement presenting a commitment to or experience working in an equity-minded environment
  • A one (1) page statement of your philosophy on educating students to be culturally responsive in the criminal justice system

Dr. Pat Nelson
Phone: 507-389-1207
TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:

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Benefits Info:
The following link provides a brief overview of benefits available to eligible employees of Minnesota State University.

Select the IFO Summary (Faculty) link from the list for specifics of that plan.

Benefits Overview

Posting Number: M109M
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 08/16/2021
Position End Date (if temporary):
Open Date: 02/15/2021
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions Summary:

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Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Office of Human Resources, 507-389-2015 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This Vacancy Notice is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity University and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.