Assistant Professor - Emergency and Disaster Management - #002408

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Posting NumberFAC350PQuick Link for Internal Postings TitleAssistant ProfessorWorking TitleAssistant Professor - Emergency and Disaster Management - #002408DepartmentCriminology & Criminal JusticePosition Summary

The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice and Emergency and Disaster Management is seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 1, 2020. This is a nine-month position with summer teaching possibilities. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Responsibilities include teaching, research, and service.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this PositionMinimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Emergency and Disaster Management,
Criminology/Criminal Justice, Sociology, or other disciplines very closely related to the field of Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM). Candidates must have a commitment to academic excellence and collegiality, and must have a clearly articulated research agenda in EDM. Among desirable specialty teaching areas are the sociology of disaster and response, NGO’s and disaster, resiliency, mitigation, and recovery. Highly-qualified ABD candidates will be considered if completion of the degree is imminent. The position is for our residential EDM (face-to-face) program with some likely online teaching responsibility.

Preferred QualificationsPosition TypePermanent Full-TimeNumber of Hours Per WeekNumber of Months Per Year9 Posting Text

Open Date09/09/2019Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Application materials must be submitted online. Materials that should be submitted
include a 1) vita; 2) Cover Letter 3) a list of three academic references; and 4) unofficial transcripts. Review of applications will begin October 15 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Lisa T. Briggs, [email protected] or 828-227-2180.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

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Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

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  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of references
  4. Unofficial Transcripts
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    Posted: 9/11/2019
    Application Due: 12/10/2019
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