Criminal Justice Department Chair

Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 17, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Vacancy Number: F-00271 Position Title: Criminal Justice Department Chair Classification Title: Faculty Department: Criminal Justice Employment Type: Full-Time Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a terminal degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Sociology, or a closely related field.

Job Open Date: 03/17/2021 Job Close Date: Quick Link Position Profile Link
School: College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Contract Type: Twelve (12) Months Tenure Track: Yes Salary Band: N/A Special Instructions to Applicant:

The Department of Criminal Justice at Auburn University at Montgomery ( AUM ) invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of Department Chair at the rank of Professor (advanced Associate Professors may be considered). It is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position, with a course load of four courses per academic year. The appointment begins July 1, 2021. Candidates must have a terminal degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Sociology, or a closely related field. While specialization is open, ideal candidates will have knowledge of different fields within the department. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and all those who share our commitment to inclusivity and passion for the strength of our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

We seek an individual with demonstrated evidence of …

• academic administrative experience,
• strengths in undergraduate and graduate teaching, including online teaching,
• excellence in scholarship and research as evidenced by a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and external funding,
• a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion, and
• excellent written and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences.

Individuals meeting these requirements and with practical field experience in one of the disciplines in the department are especially encouraged to apply.

The department chair’s key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• communicating and implementing college and university policies to the department, and advocating for departmental needs to the college and university,
• fostering and maintaining collaborative relationships with external entities, including local law enforcement, and at meetings of learned and professional societies,
• encouraging and supporting good teaching, scholarly activity, and professional development within the department,
• planning and executing a strategic direction for the department, building and staffing the schedule of classes, overseeing the department budget and other resources, fostering team building, managing the department and its staff, and working with diverse faculty and students in the department and across campus to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration,
• working with the faculty to develop and review standards, curricula, and procedures, which provide adequate preparation of graduates for professional or further academic endeavor, and
• leading student recruitment and retention efforts and ensuring department majors are appropriate advised.

About the University/College

The Department of Criminal Justice includes eight full-time faculty. We offer a Criminal Justice major with an optional Legal Studies Concentration, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and minors in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Security Administration, and Legal Studies. Our Legal Studies Program is ABA -approved.

AUM is the metropolitan campus of Auburn University with approximately 5,300 students and 200 faculty in five academic colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nursing and Health Sciences, Sciences, Business, and Education. Located in the state capital, AUM serves a diverse student body including traditional and non-traditional students. Montgomery offers diverse cultural and recreational opportunities including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, world-class museums, Civil Rights Memorial, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a ballet company, a natural habitat zoo, a chamber music society, an independent film theater, and the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team. Further Montgomery is the home of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Equal Justice Initiative.

How to Apply:
Visit and complete an online application. Completed applications must include, 1) cover letter indicating qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement on leadership philosophy, 4) statement on teaching and research philosophy, 5) graduate transcripts (official transcript will be needed at time of hire), and 6) contact information for at least three professional references (will be contacted for final candidates only).

Screening of applications will begin as received with priority given to applications received by April 1, 2021. While the position will remain open until filled, AUM reserves the right once interviewing has begun to stop accepting applications.

Contact Dr. Kimberly Pyszka, Search Committee Chair, at with any questions.

While this position is open until filled, Auburn University at Montgomery reserves the right to stop accepting applications once interviewing has begun.

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement on Leadership Philosophy
  4. Statement on Teaching and Research
  5. Graduate Transcript(s)
  6. Professional Reference Sheet
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Supporting Documents
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