Assistant Professor of Security Studies

Lowell, MA
Mar 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Title of Position Being Posted
Assistant Professor of Security Studies

Criminal Justice

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Job Opening

Anticipated Hiring Range:
Salary commensurate with experience

General Summary of Position:
The College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell seeks to fill an interdisciplinary position in Security Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an appointment beginning on September, 2017. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Political Science, International Relations, Psychology, Economics, or another field relevant to Security Studies, or provide evidence that the Ph.D. will be completed by the time of appointment. Candidates with research specialization in political violence, security policy, civil wars, intelligence analysis, cybersecurity, contemporary regional security issues, or countering violent extremism are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates must demonstrate a record of scholarship and publications in respected peer-reviewed journals, promise for future scholarly productivity, and expertise in advanced quantitative and/or qualitative research methods. Additionally, candidates should demonstrate capacity for procuring and serving as a lead investigator on externally funded research projects, and should also demonstrate potential for interdisciplinary collaboration. Particular consideration will be given to candidates with the potential to collaborate with faculty from our strong academic programs in fields such as computer science and computer engineering, and to contribute to University efforts in the areas of cybersecurity and engagement with both the corporate sector and public agencies.

Applicants must also demonstrate the ability to teach courses and play a role in the university's degree programs, including its Masters program in Security Studies, which offer concentrations in international security, homeland security, industrial & economic security, critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, and weapons of mass destruction. The successful applicants will teach and mentor students in the Terrorism Studies Option track of the Ph.D. in Criminology & Criminal Justice, the Security Studies Masters degree program, and undergraduate students in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies. The successful applicants will also be expected to play a major role in the Center for Terrorism & Security Studies at UMass Lowell, and will be eligible for faculty appointment in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies or the Departments of Political Science, Psychology, Economics, or another University academic unit related to the candidate's discipline.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage candidates to apply and to identify their strengths in these areas.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):
-Ph.D. in Criminology, Political Science, Psychology, International Relations, Economics, or field relevant to Security Studies, or evidence that such a degree will be completed by August 2017
-Record of quality scholarship and publications related to security studies in highly ranked, peer-reviewed journals, especially on terrorism and political violence
-The ability to work effectively with diverse groups
-Demonstrated excellence in teaching in areas relevant to Security Studies and/or Terrorism Studies

Other Considerations:
-A record of externally funded research
-Research specialization in political violence, security policy, contemporary regional security issues, civil wars, intelligence analysis, cybersecurity or countering violent extremism
-Experience working with PhD students
-Relevant professional experience related to security policy
-Demonstrated capacity for inter-disciplinary collaboration with science and engineering fields, and for engagement with public agencies and the private sector

Required Applicant Documents:
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Teaching Philosophy
Research Statement
Names and contact information of three references

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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Initial review of applications will begin December 1, 2016 and continue until position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.


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