Instructor - Criminal Justice

Job description

The School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs invites applications for a full-time instructor in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice and Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) programs. This is an academic year (9 month), renewable, non-tenure-track position. The instructor will primarily teach undergraduate-level courses in Criminal Justice. Teaching assignments may also include undergraduate courses in Public Administration and graduate courses in Criminal Justice and Public Administration.

The anticipated starting date is August 19, 2019.

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) is a dynamic learning community serving those who seek to make a difference in the public sector. It is an environment where students, faculty and community members engage and learn from each other in the classroom and through both research and experiential learning. Degrees offered by the School of Public Affairs include the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, the Master of Criminal Justice, the Master of Public Administration, and a dual Master's in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. The school also offers a number of popular certificates. Our programs emphasize critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for leading and managing effectively in a diverse society. Our graduates are prepared to innovate in the complex world in which we live.

The instructor will contribute to the School of Public Affairs mission to provide high-quality, student-centered instruction. The position requires a flexible teaching schedule (e.g., possible evening and weekend classes) and course formats will include face-to-face, hybrid, and online. The instructor will be expected to prepare and teach courses in the undergraduate criminal justice core curriculum (BA in CJ program requirements) and contribute to an existing or develop a new and innovative option area. Highly competitive candidates will be qualified to prepare and teach multiple courses within the undergraduate core curriculum and within the Master of Criminal Justice degree curriculum. (MCJ program requirements; CJ course inventory). Additional teaching related duties may include mentoring students on independent studies, serving as graduate thesis/capstone committee members, and contributing to curriculum development in the criminal justice program. The typical course load for an instructor is eight courses total (e.g., four per semester) taught during the fall and spring terms. Summer course assignments may be available for additional compensation.

Additionally, the instructor will contribute to the mission and service duties of the School of Public Affairs and University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Examples of service activities include but are not limited to: participating in faculty meetings; serving on Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs, and UCCS campus committees; participating in student recruitment activities; helping to build/maintain partnerships between the community and School of Public Affairs; and other activities as appropriate. The typical work distribution for an instructor is 80% teaching and 20% service.

Salary Range and Benefits

  • $40,000-$45,000
  • The University of Colorado is proud to offer excellent benefits and wellness programs, including: generous employer contributions toward retirement plans and medical plan premiums, paid parental leave, and tuition assistance for employee and qualifying family members. Learn more about these programs at

Application Materials Instructions
  • To receive consideration, applicants must submit the following materials: a) cover letter, b) resume/CV, c) statement of teaching philosophy, and d) unofficial transcript for highest degree earned.
  • In the cover letter, applicants must specifically address the following:
    • Describe how they meet the minimum and, if applicable, preferred qualifications as cited in the Qualifications section of this job posting.
    • List the courses in the undergraduate criminal justice core curriculum they are competent to prepare and instruct (Please see for a list of core courses and their descriptions.)
    • List other courses in the current undergraduate and graduate criminal justice curricula they are competent to prepare and instruct (Please see for Criminal Justice course inventory. Undergraduate courses are numbered 1000-4999. Graduate courses are numbered 5000+.)
  • The teaching philosophy must include not only an overview of the applicant's beliefs and approaches to teaching but also examples of how they put or would put those beliefs into action in the classroom.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Has obtained at a minimum a Master's degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, or a related discipline from an accredited institution, or a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school by the position's priority review date (January 15, 2019).
  • At least 5 months of teaching experience, which may include teaching at the secondary or postsecondary levels and/or leading professional trainings.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least one year of higher education teaching experience in Criminal Justice, Criminology, or a related discipline.
  • Evidence of successful teaching in multiple formats (face-to-face, online or hybrid).
  • At least one year of applied work experience in the criminal justice system.
  • Areas of specialization are open, but preference will be given to applicants who can teach within a current option area(s) or certificate (Forensics, Law Enforcement, Law, or Homeland Security) and/or will contribute to the creation of a new and innovative option area/certificate within the criminal justice curriculum.

About UCCS:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 10,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students. UCCS is among the fastest growing universities in the state and is consistently ranked as one of the top Western regional universities by U.S. News & World Report and has earned recognition as one of the "Great Colleges to Work For" in 2018 by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Colorado Springs, (pop. 500K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, educational verification, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position.

Special Instructions to Applicants:1) Please apply at (job number 15169). Applications submitted by email or surface mail will not be considered. 2) Complete applications submitted by 11:59pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 will receive full consideration. 3) Applicants must label each required attachment with the relevant title, attach the required documents for this position announcement to the submission and check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in the submission.

1) Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. 2) Official transcripts will be required upon hire. 3) Appointment is contingent upon successfully passing a background check, to include criminal and sex offender checks, per campus policy.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Unofficial transcript(s), Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or [email protected] Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact, Dr. Anna Kosloski, search committee chair, at [email protected]

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Colorado Springs

Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40084 - School of Public Affairs

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Dec 13, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Dr. Anna Kosloski, search committee chair

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00430311





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Posted: 12/14/2018
Application Due: 2/11/2019
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