Special Purpose Instructor of Criminal Justice

Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 24, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Criminal Justice at Radford University invites applications for a full-time position in courts and law beginning in August 2021. The position will be hired at the rank of special purpose instructor. The Department of Criminal Justice has more than 500 undergraduate majors, minors in crime analysis, conservation law enforcement, and forensic studies, and a graduate program, including an online certificate program in crime analysis. Our faculty’s areas of expertise and research interest include a broad range of criminal justice topics including, but not limited to, juvenile justice, wrongful convictions, emergency management, and crime analysis. Information about the department can be found by visiting our website at: http://www.radford.edu/content/chbs/home/criminal-justice.html. The position requires teaching four undergraduate classes each semester with students from all class levels. Courses required to teach include Constitutional law and prelaw courses and required courses for the criminal justice major (i.e., introduction to criminal justice, police and society, courts and criminal process, corrections, diversity issues in criminal justice, crime and criminal behavior, and/or research methods in criminal justice). Our faculty engage in professional development and service to the Department, College, University and broader community. Departmental service includes academic advising and departmental committees.


All candidates with teaching interest in law, a postgraduate degree, and at least 18 hours of graduate credit in criminology or criminal justice will be considered, but a PhD or juris doctorate degree is preferred. All candidates, including those with a J.D., will be required to show significant evidence of successful teaching at the university level. Successful candidate should demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence and utilizing innovative teaching strategies. Additionally, the position requires a person with relevant professional experiences and engagement. Candidates must show a history of relevant career experiences and professional engagement. Our faculty engage in professional development and service to the University and broader community. Professional activities including consultation, presentations, research and writing for the academic or professional community are expected. Filling of this position is subject to budgetary approval.


Radford University is a comprehensive public university of approximately 9,500 students that has received national recognition for many of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Radford University serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service, and research programs and is one of the premier teacher preparation universities in the commonwealth. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, a growing, diverse student population, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 204-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. Information about the current university strategic plan can be found at: https://www.radford.edu/content/strategic-planning/home.html.


The city of Radford, Virginia is located in the heart of the New River Valley in southwest Virginia. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the region is a haven for music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Just a short drive from Blacksburg and Roanoke, the region boasts a vibrant art scene and local food culture as well as many community-university partnership opportunities. Radford is also a two-hour drive from the Piedmont Triad and two and a half hours from Charlotte, NC.


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Radford University is an EO/AA employer committed to diversity. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application process should call (540) 831-5008 (voice) or (540) 831-5128 (TTY). If you need access to a computer, you may visit our office at 600 Tyler Avenue, Radford, Virginia, or the local Virginia Employment Commission.


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Apply online at http://jobs.radford.edu/postings/.  Only online applications will be accepted. Applicants are asked to provide the following: (1) a letter of application addressing the candidate’s interest in the position specifically articulating how their pedagogy, teaching area fit with the mission of the department, and how they could contribute to pre-law programming at the university, which is an expectation of the position; (2) a current and complete curriculum vita; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness; (4) names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional/academic references including at least one who can speak to teaching ability; (5) Diversity statement (How might past and potential contributions advance Radford University’s commitment to equity and diversity in criminal justice, both locally and globally and (6) copies of both undergraduate and graduate transcripts (applicants can only upload a total of two documents for transcripts, therefore, if more than three institutions were attended, please combine transcripts to no more than two documents). Any questions should be directed to Mr. Eric Snow at esnow@radford.edu.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applications must be received by March 17.