Assistant Professor: Criminal Justice

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SDSU Imperial Valley
Founded in 1959 on the original site of the first Calexico High School, SDSU Imperial Valley (SDSU-IV) offers eleven bachelor’s and four master’s degrees, including a nationally-acclaimed teacher education program. With fewer than a thousand students, SDSU-IV provides a uniquely intimate educational experience. Due to its proximity to the Mexican border, the campus serves a student body comprised largely of groups that are historically under-represented in higher education. Given the regional focus, responsive curriculum and community engagement, the IV Campus has become a powerful engine of economic growth for the region. In Fall 2021, SDSU-IV will launch its first cohort of the Homeland Security Master of Science program. The Calexico campus, less than a two-hour drive from the SDSU main campus, is located on an eight-acre city block in the heart of Calexico’s civic center along the Mexican border within Imperial County. The Imperial County area, known more generally as “Imperial Valley,” consists of the Calexico, El Centro, and Brawley micropolitan areas along with several other small towns within the Colorado Desert section of the greater Sonoran Desert. Imperial County has an estimated population of over 180,000 residents. Visit our website,

San Diego State University  
SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the twenty-three-campus California State University system. With more than 7,700 faculty and staff and 35,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the western United States. The University offers 91 bachelor degrees, 78 master degrees and 22 joint doctorates. SDSU main campus is located less than 25 miles from the United States/Mexico border and places an increasing emphasis on international research and preparing students for a global future. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral-granting institution with high research activity and receives over $130 million in external research grants and awards annually. The student body is among the most diverse in the United States and the university is known for cultivating a welcoming environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence whether such diversity is presented through cultural, racial, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or veteran status.  As such, SDSU has received national recognition ranging from the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED), being one of the nation’s best universities for women as recognized by Professional Women’s Magazine, ranked among the Best Colleges for Veterans by the Military Times, and a top LGBT Friendly campus according to SDSU website:

The Division of Professional Studies
The SDSU Imperial Valley Division of Professional Studies offers several programs stressing both academic and practical experiences that prepare students for successful and productive careers in a variety of professional fields including Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Nursing, Public Administration, and Social Work. Many of these programs are taught in an international or global context and focus on emerging transborder issues of concern to our region. The Division offers both undergraduate and graduate programs of study including three (3) undergraduate degrees, and three (3) graduate degrees.

Position Description (Criminal Justice):
SDSU Imperial Valley Division of Professional Studies is seeking a faculty member at the assistant professor level with evidence of a peer-reviewed research publication agenda and teaching experience for a Fall 2021 appointment. While the area of specialization is open, the CJ program seeks to hire a scholar who is collaborative and open to creating synergies with our existing faculty. We welcome applications from scholars with training in criminal justice or criminology, as well as in related disciplines, including but not limited to emergency management, homeland security, public administration, public affairs, public policy, and sociology. This position requires the expertise to teach core undergraduate courses in at least two of the following areas: restorative justice, corrections, community supervision, law enforcement, law and society, and/or research methods; in addition to graduate-level courses in homeland security.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of our faculty, teaching and contributing to our collaborative programs is desirable. In addition to classes offered as part of the undergraduate major, the faculty hire may have opportunities to contribute to Criminal Justice undergraduate curriculum offered through SDSU’s Global Campus. Successful candidates must be able to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Professional activities and publications in the applicant's area(s) of expertise are required for promotion.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HIS) with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Our definition of underrepresented populations (UP) is: African-American, Latino/Latina, Native American, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, groups of varying abilities, women in public administration. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria:

  1. are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline
  2. have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline
  3. have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students
  4. have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research
  5. have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group
  6. have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities
  7. have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration
  8. have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education

Candidates must indicate in their cover letter how they meet at least two or more of these criteria.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in criminal justice or criminology or a related field by the date of appointment. Candidates should have demonstrated evidence of research publications, and the potential for program development and grant writing ability, with clear leadership potential in each of these areas being an asset. Salary will be commensurate to qualifications and experience. Application review will begin on March 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested applicants should apply via Interfolio: Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one writing sample, and contact information for three academic references. Additional materials will be requested from short-listed candidates at a later time.

Questions about this position should be addressed to:

Dr. David Kanaan
[email protected]
Chair, Recruitment Committee, Position in Criminal Justice at SDSU Imperial Valley
Chair, Division of Professional Studies
SDSU Imperial Valley
San Diego State University
Calexico, CA 92231

Effective Date of Appointment: August 2021.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.




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Posted: 1/25/2021
Application Due: 3/26/2021
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