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Assistant ProfessorWorking Title:
Assistant Professor - Criminology & Criminal Justice - #001598 and #001755Department:
Criminology & Criminal JusticeAbout WCU:
Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America’s Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of America’s Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC system’s westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU’s main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.Position Summary:
Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.
Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, and free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus.
The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice is seeking applications for two tenure-track members at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 1, 2024. These are nine-month positions with summer teaching possibilities. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Responsibilities include teaching, research, and service.Review of applications will begin September 15th and continue until the positions are filled.Carnegie statement:
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or closely related discipline with a clear criminological focus from an accredited institution, a clearly articulated research agenda, and a commitment to academic excellence and collegiality. Highly qualified ABD candidates will be considered if the degree is completed by 8/31/2024.Preferred Qualifications:
The department has an established record of engaging students through activities such as undergraduate research and collaborating with community partners on grant funded research projects. The ideal candidate will have an interest in contributing to these efforts and have a firm foundation to teach a range of criminology and criminal justice courses. Particularly desirable specialties or teaching interests include policing, corrections, statistics, and theory.Position Type:
Permanent Full-TimeNumber of Months Per Year:
07/26/2023Open Until Filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Application materials must be submitted online to Western Carolina University Human Resources Portal at http://jobs.wcu.edu .Background/E-Verify:
Candidates should submit an online candidate profile, cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, evidence of teaching experience/philosophy, and contact information for three current references.
Contact:Inquiries may be directed to Committee Chair Dr. Ophir Sefiha at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Credential Verification:
Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.
All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.AA/EOE:
Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.University Safety:
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at email@example.com.
The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.