Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Sociology or Social Work

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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Sociology or Social Work

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The Department of Social Work, Criminal Justice and Sociology at Juniata College, a highly ranked, national liberal arts college of 1,400 students located in the scenic Allegheny Mountains of Central Pennsylvania, seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Sociology or Social Work, depending on qualifications, to begin in August of 2021 or January of 2022, depending on the candidate’s teaching credentials. Juniata College is a selective liberal arts institution highly regarded for academic excellence. Additional information on the college and the department is available at We are committed to racial, ethnic, gender and cultural diversity. We encourage applications from Black and Indigenous people, People of Color and women.

The Criminal Justice Program at Juniata College is embedded in a multidisciplinary department that includes Social Work, Criminal Justice and Sociology. The department’s multidisciplinary perspective provides a unique opportunity for shared teaching and scholarship and a broad focus on holistic approaches to juvenile and adult justice.

This position will begin as a one-year, fixed term position. With successful performance, a multi-year fixed term contract will follow. This is not currently a tenure track position, but there is a potential that it will become one in the future. With successful performance, subsequent contracts are likely budget permitting.

Course load will include 21 credit hours per year assigned from among the following possibilities: Introduction to Criminal Justice; Drugs and Society; Policing; Social Deviance and Criminology; Corrections; and Juvenile Justice. Teaching assignments may also include courses in Sociology and/or Social Work, depending on the candidate’s credentials and experience. The successful candidate will also develop, coordinate and supervise criminal justice internships, student research, and community engagement opportunities. Opportunities exist to develop new courses in the candidate’s preferred areas of interest within criminal justice.

Juniata College believes in and embraces the liberal arts and as such, we encourage and seek mutual benefit through diversity of thought and approach which enriches our academic community, as well as the lives of our students and colleagues. Juniata College is committed to creating a welcoming community supported by relationships based on collaboration and mutual respect. We endeavor to create an inclusive learning environment where members with different perspectives and backgrounds can learn, contribute, and thrive. Please join us…

Position Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Sociology, or a related discipline, or an MSW in Social Work with practice and/or research experience in the criminal justice system.

Strong candidates will have significant teaching experience in criminal justice; a strong commitment to and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching; demonstrated skills in program evaluation and leadership with the expectation of assuming leadership of our Criminal Justice Program; and evidence of continuing professional development.

The successful candidate will possess a strong commitment to anti-racism and social justice along with a broad, theoretically diverse approach to criminal justice studies. Experience with teaching and advising in a liberal arts environment and a flexible attitude toward teaching assignments are highly desirable.

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This position reports directly to the Chair, Department of Social Work, Criminal Justice and Sociology.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2021.

Juniata College will take positive steps to enhance the ethnic and gender diversity on its campus. The College commits itself to this policy not only because of legal obligations, but because it believes that such practices are basic to human dignity.

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Posted: 4/21/2021
Application Due: 5/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time