Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Position Information: Description

The Department of Criminal Justice is seeking a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in criminological theory to begin August 16, 2023, contingent on availability of funding.

The Department of Criminal Justice is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Dakota. It offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Studies, with roughly 300 majors and minors. The undergraduate major is one of three supporting a 3+3 accelerated law track, which provides a pathway into law school for strong students. The department is in the process of proposing a Master’s program.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the state’s only School of Law. The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, and 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate will teach a 2/2 load during the initial year. The standard teaching load is 3/2. Continuing with a reduced teaching load after the first year will be considered based on meaningful attempts to secure external funding and/or a number of peer-reviewed publications that significantly exceeds the minimum annual expectation. Courses will be a mix of face-to-face, online, and hybrid offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels related to Criminological Theory and Law and Society.

The successful candidate will demonstrate potential to establish a productive research agenda, seek external funding if appropriate, and contribute to the University’s Grand Challenges in the area of Rural Health & Communities (see Topics related to this Grand Challenge can be broadly considered. All faculty are expected to contribute service within the department, college, university, and community. UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

Required Competencies
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to teach, inspire, and mentor students.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Department of Criminal Justice.
  • Ability to adapt to current methods of teaching, including online delivery.
Minimum Requirements
  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice or allied field by August 15, 2023.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Track record of teaching, research, education, and/or experience as a criminologist; emphasizing theoretical expertise.
  • Research agenda related to UND’s Rural Health & Communities Grand Challenge (see 
  • Proficiency teaching college-level courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
  • Experience teaching online courses.
  • Potential for publishing original research.
  • Potential for securing external funding to support scholarly research.
Minimum Hiring Salary

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Contract Period/Start Date

Position is full-time, benefitted and exempt.  Dates of initial contract are August 16, 2023, to May 15, 2024.

To Apply

To assure full consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2022, and include the following materials:

    Letter of application addressing qualificationsCurriculum vitaeList of at least three references (including contact information)Unofficial transcripts. Please note that the selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts upon hire.Research statementTeaching statementIf applicable, proof of eligibility for veteran’s preference

Position is open until filled.

Questions can be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Roni Mayzer, at [email protected].

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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