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. 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 two-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.
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. While not required, preference will be given to candidates with 3 years of teaching experience in their field; 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.

Physical Demands:

To promote and sustain the health and safety of our campus community, Juniata College has adopted a Covid-19 vaccine mandate for all Faculty, staff and students. Exemptions to this mandate will be considered for bona fide medical, and religious reasons. Weekly testing will be required for the unvaccinated. Those granted exceptions for reasons other than approved medical or religious exemption will be assessed a monthly testing fee.

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Working at Juniata College 

Juniata College's mission is to provide an engaging personalized educational experience empowering our students to develop the skills, knowledge and values that lead to a fulfilling life of service and ethical leadership in the global community.

Founded in 1876, Juniata is a national liberal arts college located in the scenic Allegheny Mountain region of central Pennsylvania and is the intellectual home for 1,600 students and nearly 14,000 alumni. The College ranks highly in the percentage of graduates that eventually earn doctoral degrees. Juniata integrates international, intercultural and global dimensions into its curriculum and experiential learning opportunities and was awarded the 2012 Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Juniata is known for the personal attention it gives to students and flexible areas of study (its Program of Emphasis resembles a major but is more flexible, encouraging students to design a program of study and justify their choices. About a third of Juniata students self-design their entire POE.) Each student is assigned two faculty advisers, and the average student-faculty ratio is 13:1.

Juniata is a very strong community where student involvement is paramount. There are no fraternities or sororities. The student clubs and organizations (over 90 currently) have a positive impact on the Juniata community and on the larger community of Huntingdon and the surrounding area.

Juniata College takes positive steps to enhance diversity in both its community and its curriculum. The College commits to this policy not because of legal obligations but because it fully believes that such practices are basic to human dignity. AA/EEO

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