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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Platteville, Wisconsin
Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Nov 9, 2023

Job Details

Position Summary:

The Department of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position for Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice that starts August 2024. The area of specialization is open. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in criminology, forensic investigation, policing, law/legal studies, or any discipline that complements our existing programs.


The starting salary for this position is $55,000 to $60,000, commensurate with experience. The University of Wisconsin System has a nationally top ranked retirement plan and a comprehensive benefits package. The department also provides relocation assistance, and the university has a Trailing Partners Engagement Program. The City of Platteville is a friendly rural community with affordable housing and convenient access to affordable healthcare.


The successful candidate will have a demonstrated competency for teaching courses in Criminal Justice. Courses taught will depend on area of expertise, but could include courses such as: Criminology, Foundations of Policing, Ethnicity, Race, & Crime, Police-Community Relations, Criminal Law, Intro to Crime Scene Investigation, and our senior capstone course. The typical teaching load is 4 classes/sections per semester (4/4).

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

The successful candidate must have one of the following:
• Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Criminology, or a related field
• J.D. or equivalent terminal degree from an ABA accredited law school
• Ed.D. in a relevant field

An ABD (all but dissertation) candidates are accepted, and final candidate will be contractually obligated to have earned their terminal degree by January 1, 2025. 

• 1 year of relevant professional experience or teaching experience at the university level.
• Applicants must have evidence of a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education in a liberal arts environment and a willingness to collaborate with both students and faculty.
• Ability to teach criminal justice courses offered by the department (see list).

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:

To ensure full consideration applications must be received by December 6, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications. The letter should explicitly state how the applicant’s education, experience, and/or area(s) of expertise would contribute to and/or enhance the department’s existing strengths.
  • A current resume/CV
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • A statement of your teaching philosophy

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Dr. Will LeSuer, Chair and Associate Professor


Since 1866, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been a regional leader among 4-year colleges with challenging academics; renowned faculty; and notable alumni.

On all three campuses—UW-Platteville, UW-Platteville Richland, and UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County—we are leaders in science, technology, agriculture, and engineering fields, with unique initiatives in microsystems and nanotechnology, forensic investigation, and renewable energy. While the challenges facing us now may seem daunting, we are applying this expertise to be here for you, now and in the future.

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