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Assistant Professor - Criminology and Criminal Justice

California Lutheran University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 2, 2022
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Assistant Professor - Criminology and Criminal Justice

Position Category: Faculty
FLSA: Exempt
FTE: .75 (Full-time)
Location: Thousand Oaks

University Background:
The mission of California Lutheran University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice. Founded in 1959 in beautiful Ventura County, the university has an enrollment of about 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students who come from across the nation and around the world from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and faiths. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cal Lutheran is looking for candidates with a dedication to and success in working in diverse communities. The university is committed to an inclusive learning and work environment that values individual differences and respects each person’s dignity.

Basic Function:
Cal Lutheran's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Crim. Dept.) invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position beginning in Fall 2023. Candidates will apply at the rank of Assistant Professor and must hold a doctorate or be ABD status.
The successful candidate will be able to teach a variety of courses in criminology and criminal justice. Area of teaching and research specialization is open, with potential topics including (but not limited to): law enforcement, law and legal processes, forensic studies, juvenile justice and delinquency, crime analysis, criminal procedure, comparative justice systems, as well as race/ethnicity/gender and the criminal justice system. Applicants who specialize in the empirical study of policing and evidence-based approaches to improving the criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply. Work experience in the justice system is also desirable, but not required. We seek a candidate who can serve as a role model for students from under-represented and under-served populations, including African American, Latina/o, and/or Native American students.
A full-teaching load is 3 courses per academic semester and 6 per academic year. Primary teaching responsibilities will be based on departmental/course needs, and/or llikely include the following undergraduate courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Law and Legal Processes, Critical Issues in Policing, and Juvenile Delinquency. There may also be an opportunity to develop new courses based on the successful candidate's expertise/interest. It is essential that interested candidates possess the ability or potential to teach, advise, and mentor undergraduate students, particularly those from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.
The mission of the Criminology and Criminal Justice program is to develop and share knowledge about crime, deviance and criminal behavior, criminal justice systems, as well as criminal and constitutional law through teaching, research, and service. It is our goal to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, research tools, ethical training, and practical skills necessary to excel in their professional careers as well as to make positive contributions to society. We aim to educate the next generation of leaders in criminal justice practice, policy and scholarship for a more equitable and just society.For more information, please visit:
In sum, the successful candidate will: (1) be proficient at teaching courses on Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies topics to diverse undergraduate students, (2) have an active scholarship and publication record and (3) participate in service at the department, division, and university level.

Representative Duties:
  • Provide academic instruction to students through lecture or performance courses. Create assignments and activities in one-on-one and classroom instructional settings for development of cognitive abilities, communication skills, and higher order thinking skills among students.
  • Observe and evaluate student performance in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, and examinations; provide feedback in a timely manner to student inquiries in class, online, or during established consultation office hours.
  • Maintain current, accurate records of course enrollment, attendance, student academic progress, course curriculum; prepare and submit grades, data, and reports related to course and student progress in a timely manner.
  • Provide a course syllabus to students in each class within the first week of the class, as outlined in the faculty handbook.
  • Adhere to the responsibilities related to teaching, advising, service, and scholarly, professional and creative activities, as outlined in the faculty handbook.
  • Attend and participate on committees and in department, division, campus, and University meetings.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:
  • Current theory and practice within the subject discipline
  • Principles and best practices of effective teaching
  • Student learning outcomes and methods of assessment
  • University curricula
  • Community and campus resources, services, programs, and professionals available to students
  • Methods of gathering, analyzing, and preparing data
  • Modern computing technology
  • Record keeping techniques with regard to student enrollment, attendance, and progress

Ability To:
  • Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge in the subject field or discipline
  • Deliver course curricula in various learning styles
  • Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural,and ethnic background of University students
  • Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of students with disabilities
  • Integrate current and emerging instructional delivery technologies into the learning process to enhance teaching and the educational experience
  • Maintain professional standards that protect student confidentiality
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing using tact, patience, and courtesy
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional excellence and continuous growth within subject field or discipline

Minimum Qualifications:
A doctorate or ABD status in Criminology, Criminal Justice or a closely related field is required for hiring at the rank of Assistant Professor. A J.D. is not sufficient unless the candidate also has a Ph.D. ABD candidates will come in at the rank of Instructor.

Preferred Qualifications:

Licenses and Other Requirements:

Physical Abilities:

Working Environment:
Indoor classroom environment; subject to visiting a variety of classroom sites on campus.

Posting Number: Faculty000762020
Number of Vacancies:
Desired Start Date: 08/21/2023
Position End Date:
Open Date: 10/12/2022
Close Date: 1/15/2023
Open Until Filled: No

Application Procedure/Special Instructions:
Application Instructions
We look forward to reading your application! Please apply on-line at

Make sure to include the following with your application:

1) Cover Letter. Please tell us about yourself and how you meet the qualifications of the position. Also, please share how you plan to support the mission and HSI designation of Cal Lutheran. Two pages max.

2) Curriculum Vitae or Resume. Please provide a CV or resume detailing your educational history, professional experience, teaching experience, publications, service, appointments/positions, honors/awards, etc. Please be sure to include a list of references we may contact.

3) Teaching Philosophy. Please discuss your philosophy of teaching. In your statement, please provide concrete examples of your pedagogy. Two pages max.

4) Diversity Statement. Please indicate how you address (or plan to address) diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in your teaching, research, service, and mentorship. Two pages max.

5) Research Statement. Please share your program of research, noting any work you have completed in collaboration with undergraduate students. If you have not conducted research, please share your future plans for scholarship. Two pages max.

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California Lutheran University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment for all persons, regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by applicable law. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program, activity or facility of the University on the basis of these factors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University’s policies, procedures, and processes.

Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process can be provided to individuals with qualifying disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information or to request an accommodation.

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