Special Purpose Instructor of Criminal Justice job with Radford University | 321077 – The Chronicle of Higher Education


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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

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.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the
requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a). This regulation prohibits
discrimination against qualified protected veterans, and requires
affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors
to employ and advance in employment qualified protected


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 [email protected]

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

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