Assistant/ Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Doctor of Science in Public Safety

Middle Georgia State University
MGA - Macon

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Job Title: Assistant/ Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Doctor of Science in Public Safety
Location: MGA - Macon
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 263040
About Us

Middle Georgia State University (MGA), a multi-campus, baccalaureate and graduate degree granting public institution, is the most affordable public state university in Georgia. MGA has five campuses-Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman, and Warner Robins, all located in central Georgia-and global outreach through its fully-online campus. Its enrollment of 8,000 students is largely comprised of students from most of Georgia's 159 counties. The University has six academic schools, including Georgia's flagship aviation university, that support its mission to educate and graduate inspired, lifelong learners whose scholarship and careers enhance the state.

Department Information

The Department of Psychology and Criminal Justice includes programs that are designed to produce analytic, critical thinkers prepared to succeed in meeting the challenges of modern life. We emphasize career preparation in the behavioral sciences through lifelong learning. The Department offers an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and a Doctorate in Public Safety.

Job Summary

This position is responsible for coordinating the Doctor of Science in Public Safety program, as well as ordinary faculty responsibilities of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, service, and scholarship. It is a 10-month tenure-track or tenured position with faculty rank. Regular on-campus presence in Macon is also required for the position. Rank and academic title will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

  • Management and oversight of the Doctor of Science in Public Safety program.
  • Course and program design and continuous assessment.
  • Program administration to include coordination with the Office of Graduate Studies and the DSIT.
  • Actively pursue curriculum improvement and assessment.
  • Work with administrative offices to solve procedural, operational, and other related issues surrounding the DSPS.
  • Serve as point of contact for the DSPS.
  • Serve as a point of contact for consulting with agencies involved in public safety.
  • Teach a workload of four courses in the Fall and Spring semesters, with a one course release per semester while serving as DSPS coordinator, resulting in a 3-3 course load. Teaching responsibilities may include courses online, in person, in hybrid/mixed formats, or at branch campuses and/or remote sites.
  • Conduct research and professional development activities appropriate to faculty rank.
  • Perform service to the university, community, and profession consistent with faculty rank.
Required Qualifications

Required Educational Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in public safety or a related field (such as criminal justice, criminology, homeland security, political science, public administration, public policy, or public management).

Required Experience

  • Experience that warrants a tenure-track or tenured appointment at the rank of assistant or associate professor.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Experience

  • Leadership experience in public safety or public management.
  • Experience teaching courses in public safety or related fields at the graduate level.
  • Experience in academic administration or program coordination.
  • Experience warranting appointment at the rank of associate professor.
  • Experience conducting published, peer-reviewed academic research in public safety or related fields.
  • Experience supervising student research in public safety or related fields.

Other Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Peace Officer Standards and Training; having held POST certification, or the equivalent outside of Georgia, would be helpful
Required Documents to Attach
  1. Letter of interest including teaching philosophy
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Unofficial Academic Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  4. Name and contact information for three professional references
  5. Research statement, including any experience conducting and/or supervising program evaluation or policy evaluation research.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • An earned doctorate in public safety or a related field (such as criminal justice, criminology, homeland security, political science, public administration, public policy, or public management)
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and dealing with varied stakeholders
  • Research skills and data analytics
  • Skill in oral and written communication
  • Skill in organization and project management
  • Time management skills
  • Analytical skills and problem solving
  • Budget management skills¿
Equal Employment Opportunity

Middle Georgia State University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity. It is the policy of the Middle Georgia State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, ADEA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50).

For questions or more detailed information regarding this policy, please contact the Middle Georgia State University Office of Human Resources at 471.478.2010. Individuals requiring disability related accommodations for participation in any event or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources.

Other Information

Every member of the USG community is required to adhere to the USG Statement of Core Values - Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect - that form and guide the daily work of the organization.

Middle Georgia State University is committed to four core values in what we do and represent:
CORE VALUES: Stewardship - Engagement - Adaptability - Learning

Background Check

Employment offer is contingent upon completing a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your employment eligibility with MGA, as determined by MGA in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application material and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check.

Other Information

Tentative start date for this position is August 1, 2024.

This is a full-time, 10-month, faculty position and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Retirement
  • Employee discounts
  • Tuition reimbursement


One of 31 institutions in the University System of Georgia, Middle Georgia State was created in 2013 by the con­solidation of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College.

Middle Georgia State College strives to offer bachelor’s degrees that enhance the educational, economic, and cultural lives of Middle Georgians. Additionally, the college offers a wide array of associate’s degrees that meet the educational interests of traditional and non-traditional students in the region. With low tuition, robust financial aid, a commitment to the success of each student and a vibrant residence life program on three of our five campuses, Middle Georgia State promises an affordable, challenging, and rewarding college experience leading to degrees of proven quality. Our success is measured best by the accomplishments of our graduates in their chosen professions, as well as by the contributions they make to their communities.


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