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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Saint Leo University
Tampa Education Center

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Health & Medical, Medicine, Social Sciences, Criminal Justice
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Assistant Professor
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Full Time
Institution Type
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Job Description Summary

Saint Leo University has been changing lives for over 125 years. We have been recognized by the Chronicle of Education as a Great College to Work for, and ranked in the top 15% in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of Best Value Schools. Employees at Saint Leo University advance their careers in a rewarding and diverse environment that cultivates the leaders of tomorrow with the skills they need today.

The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) houses four disciplines and 10 programs within those disciplines. Criminal Justice, Education, Social Work, and Human Services are degrees offered in undergraduate, graduate, and two doctoral programs. Criminal Justice is the largest of these programs with a new and innovative Doctorate of Criminal Justice (DCJ) which began in the fall of 2019. The College in the University has over 4,000 students with 50 fulltime faculty and staff. Drawing on CESS's renowned faculty and practitioners, the College's program provides opportunities for personal and scholarly growth, job mobility, greater civic participation, and new ways to advance knowledge.

We are currently seeking a full time assistant level professor to join our team as the Dept. of Criminal Justice’s full time faculty member at our Tampa, FLA. Center in July 2022.. This position reports to the Undergraduate Criminal Justice Dept. Chair, the Dean of the College and ultimately to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. This position will involve teaching, advising, and program recruitment to ensure the development, implementation and continual assessment of teaching strategies and processes to grow program capacity at the center while remaining committed to student success. The faculty member must be committed to the educational mission and core values of Saint Leo University, which include a demonstrated commitment to excellence, community, respect, integrity, and responsible stewardship in education through scholarship, practice, and engagement. Faculty appointment is twelve (12) months with eight (8) weeks (1-term) release time. The successful candidate will be based at the Tampa Education Center with a teaching schedule to possibly include online classes. It will begin July 2022.

Under the direction of the Dean of the College of Education and Social Services, this position will assist with developing the course schedules, interview potential adjunct faculty members, conduct faculty observations, advise new and returning students, Must be a U.S. citizen, and may be required to represent the University on military installations.

Job Description

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate course load of 4-4 per academic year on-ground or possibly some online in criminal justice; this could include undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral level courses with adjustment in load/reimbursement for courses taught outside of undergraduate criminal justice
  • Advise criminal justice majors and assist in recruiting students at law enforcement agencies
  • Serve on university-wide committees
  • Assess, assist, and guide adjunct and full-time faculty;
  • Demonstrate the ability to use discipline-related computer programs;
  • Develop program and course schedules;
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, participating in professional organizations, publishing in respected journals;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean of the School of Education and Social Services. And/or the Dept. Chair of Criminal Justice
  • Develop curriculum guides and monitor standard syllabi
  • Participate in program academic reviews when necessary
  • Departmental duties will require attendance at meetings, webinars, travel to campus or other centers periodically, and use of Zoom or other technology to say connected to the university


  • Knowledge of higher education and criminal justice discipline
  • Willingness to take on diverse roles and multi-task
  • Ability to use technology to enhance learning
  • Knowledge of online teaching platforms and experience in teaching online
  • Subject matter expertise in Criminal Justice or closely related field;
  • Experience in teaching adult learners;
  • Skill in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Skill in understanding APA formatting.
  • Skill in speaking effectively to others to convey information.
  • Skill in communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Skill in complex problem solving including reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Skill in adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Intermediate skill in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be articulate and have the ability to speak in front of groups.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, to include critical thinking.


  • An earned PhD, in Criminal Justice or related field preferred; DCJ, or EDD in Criminal Justice or related discipline with specialization in Criminal Justice from a regionally accredited university will be considered. Juris doctorate not considered for this position.
  • One-Two Years, at least, of on-ground teaching experience
  • Experience of teaching online or in blended formats
  • 1-2 years of practice experience in criminal justice or related field
  • An established record of scholarly research, publications, or presentations in related discipline.
  • Experience teaching at the graduate level is a plus
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working collaboratively with faculty, administrators, and community partners.
  • Strong interest in developing and leading innovative higher education programming.

Duties and Tasks:

Additional (desired) qualifications:

  • Experience teaching on-ground or in an online environment using D2L or similar platform
  • Applied (practitioner) experience.


In addition to your curriculum vitae, the following documents are required for consideration. Please be sure to check the email under which you applied for important instructions on completing the remaining steps, including uploading documents in the second step of the application packet process as follows:

  • Cover Letter
  • Teaching Philosophy - (500 words or less), should highlight how your teaching philosophy and practices fit the Mission and Values of Saint Leo University.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation – All letters of recommendation should be professional references and at least one (1) from a recent superior. If you do not have those documents at the time of application, please upload a text or word document stating, "Recommendations will be sent independently." Recommendation letters can be mailed to Academic Affairs at the address stated below
  • Student Evaluations (six classes minimum) – Student evaluations from the last year (at least six classes, an even mix of graduate and undergraduate).


All official transcripts must be requested from the universities and/or colleagues attended and/or certified transcript evaluations/translations from World Education Services (WES) to be sent to the attention of Veronica Mantegna by email to or hardcopy to the following address:




PO BOX 6665


Full-time faculty positions are pending final budget approval prior to the start of the academic year.


The work environment characteristics described here are a representation of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of this position.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office and University, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.

DEIJ Statement:

At Saint Leo University, we believe that a vibrant and meaningful learning community embraces people from all backgrounds, races, genders, and ethnicities.

Our university community is united by a shared passion for excellence, respect, and integrity, and not divided by our differences.

Keeping and working to strengthen our culture of inclusiveness contributes to the development of our community and new ideas, and it supports an ethos of innovation.

Most importantly, it helps all members of the community learn, grow, and develop to their fullest potential.

Since its founding, Saint Leo University has always been a place where those who have a strong desire to learn are embraced, and tomorrow will be no different.

We welcome all to our rich learning community not because they are Catholic, but because we are!

The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Saint Leo University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success.

Why Work at Saint Leo?

What it’s Like to Work Here: Ask our employees and the one word they’d use to describe working at Saint Leo University is “Community.” Our team members all share the Saint Leo core values, positive attitudes, and problem-solving abilities, enabling them to provide excellent student centered service. Our mission is educating and preparing students for life and leadership in a challenging world. Thank you for your interest in joining the Saint Leo PRIDE!

We are committed to providing our employees with the support they need. At Saint Leo, we offer an array of medical, dental, and vision packages as well as several add-on perks to make your benefits package truly customizable to you and your family needs. Available benefits based on employment status (Full Time vs Part Time).

  • Inclusive Group Health Plan (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Group Health Plan features include Teledoc, Surgery Plus!, Wellness Incentive Program, Nationwide Pet Insurance, just to name a few!
  • Health Reimbursement Account (University Paid!) and Flexible Spending Accounts (healthcare and dependent options)
  • Tuition Remission (Employee, Spouse, and Dependents)*
  • Tuition Exchange opportunity for dependent of employees*
  • Paid Personal Leave (Sick, Vacation, Holidays)
  • 403b - Annual match 3%-9% of pay based on employee’s contribution. University match and fully vested within one month of hire date.
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance valued at 30k (University Paid!)
  • Income Protection Benefits after one year
  • Additional options for supplemental insurance

*Eligibility based on meeting required service period


The opportunities at Saint Leo University are as diverse as our student population. As Florida’s first Catholic institution of higher learning, we offer more than 40 academic programs that meet the educational, spiritual, and professional goals of nearly 16,000 traditional-age and adult students. 

Nearly 2,000 students live and study at our University Campus in Saint Leo, FL, nestled in the rolling hills of West Central Florida, just 30 minutes north of Tampa.  Our students receive personalized attention in classes that tend to be small—14 students on average. They can choose from more than 40 undergraduate majors and specializations. Saint Leo University also offers graduate degrees in business administration, accounting, educationcriminal justice, instructional design, social work, theology, as well as the education specialist degree.  Certain graduate degrees may be earned online. 

Undergraduate students who work full-time or have personal responsibilities that prevent them from attending weekday classes can attend classes evenings and weekends through our convenient Adult Education Center at University Campus.

Another 14,000 students pursue degrees at our 50 education centers, offices, and teaching locations in seven states and through the Center for Online Learning.  

Throughout our history, Saint Leo has provided a solid liberal arts education grounded and based on the 1,500-year-old tradition of Benedictine values and welcoming people of all faiths. The university offers the latest state-of-the art technology to not only prepare students for careers as teachers and leaders, but also to bridge faculty and students from multiple locations for an enriched educational experience.  The university is also a leading provider of  higher education to our nation’s military.  By reaching out to students both near and far, Saint Leo lives up to its mission and its vision to be “a leading Catholic teaching university of international consequence for the twenty-first century."

The university offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision, as well as tuition remission.  The university also offers a comprehensive mentorship program in which each new faculty member is paired with an experienced faculty member from a different school.  The program includes personal, professional, and social components including frequent one-on-one meetings, mutual classroom observation, and social events.

In 2012, Saint Leo University received three workplace awards: Top 75 Places to Work in Tampa Bay 2012 by Tampa Bay Times; the 2012 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award by the Florida Psychological Association; and the2012 Education Nonprofit of the Year by Tampa Bay Business Journal.

View “Over a Century of Excellence,” to learn more about Saint Leo University.

Saint Leo University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Saint Leo University.

Saint Leo University’s School of Business received initial accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) in September 1999. Saint Leo University’s degree program in social work is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (BSW level). Saint Leo’s undergraduate Sport Business program and MBA Sport Business Concentration are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). Saint Leo University has Teacher Education Programs approval by the State of Florida Department of Education.

Saint Leo University is committed to policies that ensure that there is no discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, or disability. Saint Leo University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (as amended). The University is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer.

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