Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice (R-0879)

Hays, Kansas
Jun 04, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Full-time, tenure-track position

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctorate or an individual at ABD status who is within one year of completing their degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, or a closely related social science field.


  • Evidence of teaching experience or potential to be a strong educator.
  • Evidence of discipline-specific research or potential to engage in scholarly work.
  • Evidence of discipline-specific service or potential to engage in departmental, university, and community service.

RANK:  Assistant Professor

APPOINTMENT DATE: August 9, 2018

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The priority deadline is July 1st, 2018.  Review of applications will begin July 1, 2018 and continue until the search has been successfully concluded.

BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a nine-month, tenure-track position. The candidate accepted for this position will be expected to teach 12 credit hours per semester at the undergraduate and graduate level in criminal justice (will include both on-campus and online courses), pursue continuing/on-going research related to criminal justice or related field, and participate in departmental, university, and discipline service activities.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  To apply for this position, please visit  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:  Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three references, student evaluations, examples of scholarly work, and copies of university transcripts showing graduate coursework. Teaching and research philosophies are also encouraged. Please submit one PDF with all application documents.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. Tamara Lynn

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:  The Department of Criminal Justice provides students with the conceptual and research skills to investigate and understand a variety of issues in criminal justice while also offering a broad range of courses to support a comprehensive and solid background for students entering into the criminal justice field. The department offers two undergraduate degrees and one graduate degree in criminal justice and currently has 6 full time faculty position with approximately 300 undergraduate majors and 45 graduate students.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE:  The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is composed of eleven departments, all of which focus on gaining a deeper understanding of human persons and human purposes through exploration and development of creativity, communication, rational reflection, behavior, and shared experience.

ABOUT FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY:  Forward Thinking.  World Ready - Fort Hays State University is a highly entrepreneurial teaching focused institution with major operations on-campus, online and in China.  Providing a high-quality education at an affordable price, FHSU is ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top ten fastest growing universities in the U.S.  It has an enrollment in excess of 14,000 students (Approximately 5,000 on campus, 3,500 in China, and over 6,000 online) and over 380 full time faculty.  Bachelors, masters and professional doctoral degrees are offered through five colleges, the Graduate School, the Honors College, the Virtual College, and various international partnerships.   Fort Hays State University's award-winning Virtual College coordinates distance education to the U.S. Armed Services and students in over 20 countries.  The Virtual College has received many accolades, including U.S. News & World Report Online Programs rankings,, Best Buys in Education, among others.  Students at FHSU may select a major field of study from 30 departments.  FHSU is fully accredited by several national agencies, and is one of six state-assisted institutions of higher education governed by a Board of Regents appointed by the governor of the state of Kansas.  The website ranked the Fort Hays State campus as the safest in the state of Kansas.

The University has rich sports and cultural programming, all of which enjoy tremendous community support.  The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center is home to the Encore Series, which hosts many travelling Broadway shows, the Hays Symphony, university and other national and world-caliber performances.  Fort Hays State University athletic events provide NCAA Division II athletic entertainment.

ABOUT HAYS, KS:  FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant university community of approximately 22,000, located half way between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70.  Hays has received numerous recent accolades such as being voted an All-American City, second best city in the state to raise children, and also the third best small college town in America.  It is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas – serving a population of nearly 400,000.  Hays boasts excellent recreational facilities including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, an extensive recreational program, and excellent opportunities for walking, running, and biking.  Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes providing boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily.  The community has award-winning public and private schools.  With over 60 restaurants, robust retail outlets, one of the lowest unemployment rates and commute times in the U.S., the city provides a safe, very friendly, low-cost, high-quality living environment.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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