Professor and Chair, School of Social Justice

Job description

The School of Social Justice at the University of Toledo (UT) invites applications for a 12-month, tenured full professor of criminal justice to serve as school chair, beginning summer or fall of 2019. The School seeks an innovative, visionary, and energetic leader who can leverage the existing strengths of the department to create a meaningful impact on the college, university, and community. The successful candidate will provide academic and administrative leadership and will facilitate collaborations to enhance the impact of scholarship, teaching, and service. Furthermore, the candidate will support and mentor faculty and staff, and promote a collegial and collaborative environment.

The School of Social Justice is housed within the College of Health and Human Services. The School consists of graduate and undergraduate programs in criminal justice, undergraduate and post-professional programs in legal specialties, and graduate and undergraduate programs in social work. The School currently serves 100 graduate students and 750 undergraduate students. Additional information about the School is located at: The School of Social Justice is one of four schools in the College of Health and Human Services:

The School Chair’s responsibilities include but are not limited to, the following:

  • General administrative responsibility for the affairs of the Department, including successful planning, organization, development, implementation, and direction of all aspects of the Department; providing oversight, assessment, and development of all educational programs and research activities; and general Departmental leadership including presiding over Departmental committee meetings and designing and communicating the Department’s educational and service mission.
  • Stewarding the resources of the Department, the College and the University as an advocate and ambassador for the Chair’s faculty, staff, students and other stake holders.
  • Providing direction in instruction by selecting and scheduling, subject to the approval of the Dean, courses to be taught, taking into consideration student demand and departmental programming; assisting to assign courses to faculty in accordance with applicable workload policies; leading the department in the process of curricular review, revision and development; conveying such changes in curriculum, courses and programs to the College and University as appropriate; guiding curriculum initiatives through to approval;
  • Leading in Faculty recruitment, instruction, appointments and re-appointments, tenure and promotion per applicable policy; assists the Dean in determining salaries and merit increases, sabbatical and other leaves of absence; managing all personnel in the Department; participating in discipline and discharge where appropriate; and promoting diversity in recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students;
  • Preparation of the following annual reports and reviews: an annual report of the performance of the Department; budgetary requests for operating and capital funds and salaries for faculty and staff within the Department; Annual performance review and evaluation of Departmental faculty; and other reports as assigned by the Dean or Provost;
  • Facilitate the work of members of the Department and building consensus and fostering cooperative relationships in the Department; (vii) Procuring training and research grants for the Department; encouraging faculty members to develop applications for training and research grants; and creating and supporting effective partnerships with local and national industry and government;
  • Coordinating accreditation initiatives;
  • Strategic planning and strategic operations;
  • Management of all departmental finances and resources in a fiscally responsible manner and complying with the University budgetary process;
  • Assuring compliance with University policies and procedures;
  • Coordinating departmental activities with alumni, the Toledo area community and other outside groups; and
  • Accepting other duties as assigned by the Dean of the College.

Position Minimum Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in a Criminal Justice or a doctoral degree in Sociology with an emphasis on criminal justice or a doctoral degree in Criminology. Degree must be from an accredited institution.
  • An outstanding record of teaching, research, grant funding and scholarly achievements commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of full professor.
  • Demonstration of significant and successful administrative leadership experience in a university setting.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • experience, training, or research focused on corrections, juvenile justice, and/or mental health issues and their impact on the CJ system
  • experience and familiarity with accreditation processes
  • a proven record of collaborative leadership and administrative style, and a strong commitment to support the school’s mission;
  • an established academic record and commitment to effectively mentor faculty and staff within the department;
  • experience in program development, and the ability to oversee diverse academic programs;
  • the ability to communicate and interact effectively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners;
  • the ability to create and support partnerships both within and outside the department, college and university;
  • a demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity; and
  • the ability to support the future growth and expansion of the department.

Application Instructions: 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates will not be considered until all of the above materials are received.  Applications received by January 15, 2019, will be given full consideration by the review committee Candidates are responsible for ensuring all materials have been uploaded correctly. For further questions about this position, please contact Christopher Roseman, search committee chair at [email protected]

University of Toledo

Founded in 1872, The University of Toledo (UT) ( is one of 14 public universities in Ohio. UT currently has an enrollment of approximately 20,600 students (16,200 undergraduate and 4,400 graduate). The University is comprised of 13 academic colleges and an academic medical center. UT's 255-acre main campus is adjacent to one of Toledo's finest residential neighborhoods, providing a suburban atmosphere while allowing access to cultural and entertainment venues in Toledo. The campus, featuring its iconic bell tower, is frequently recognized for its beauty. The University's professional health care programs and medical center are located at its Health Science Campus. Specialized programs and activities are located at the University's other four campuses: Scott Park Campus, Center for the Visual Arts at the Toledo Museum of Art, Lake Erie Center and Stranahan Arboretum.

With an institutional operating budget exceeding $730 million, UT's approximately 6,600 employees have a regional economic impact in excess of $1 billion. The University plays a central role in economic development in northwest Ohio. Its economic development arm, called Rocket Innovations, helps professors translate discoveries found in the lab into commercial products and businesses that create jobs. Across all campuses, UT has invested more than $300 million in capital projects to renovate, rebuild and revitalize university facilities. The University is currently finalizing a 10-year campus master facilities plan and developing a five-year strategic plan.

The mission of The University of Toledo is to improve the human condition; to advance knowledge through excellence in learning, discovery and engagement; and to serve as a diverse, student- centered public metropolitan research university. The University of Toledo aims to be a transformative force for the world. The University is proud to offer more than 120 undergraduate majors and more than 150 professional and graduate programs, offering students a wide array of career paths and specialization. Many of its programs are nationally ranked.

UT leadership is focused on strengthening the educational opportunities provided to students, helping ensure student success, and providing a wide array of research and career opportunities. The University's current strategic priorities aim to improve the national standing of the institution; increase enrollment, retention and student preparedness; grow externally funded research; boost philanthropy and fundraising; and ensure a UT education remains affordable by reducing administrative costs.

Living in Toledo, OH

This family-friendly, culturally and religiously diverse city offers a cost of living 23.3% lower than the U.S. average. Toledo boasts great restaurants, cultural events, one of the top ten art museums in the country, symphony, theater, children's science center, zoo, and an extensive Metropark system. Within an hour and a half are five major research institutions. Toledo is home to two professional sports teams, motor speedways, and golf courses and its proximity to Lake Erie provides many recreational opportunities. Detroit and Ann Arbor are within an hour drive and Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Chicago less than four hours.

Equal Opportunity

  1. The University of Toledo has declared a policy of providing equal opportunity in all policies and procedures affecting employment and education. In conjunction with the objectives of the policy and in accordance with the various local, state, and Federal laws, rules and regulations, the University is committed to providing employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and/or the presence of a disability.  The University of Toledo is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.   We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, dual-career professionals and covered veterans.




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Job No: PCN 935258
Posted: 12/18/2018
Application Due: 1/18/2019
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