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Assistant Professor of Criminology (Tenure-Track)

Johnson C. Smith University
Charlotte, NC

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The Criminology Program at Johnson C. Smith University is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor of Criminology to begin in the Fall 2024 semester. The position is tenure track.

The successful candidate will teach a 4/4 load, in person courses; evening courses may be required. In addition, the candidate will be required to serve as an academic advisor, engage in university and community service, and any other responsibilities as outlined in the university faculty handbook.


Earned PhD or EdD in Criminal Justice, Criminology, or closely related discipline. The JD, DJS, or other similar law degree is not appropriate for the position and persons with this degree need not apply. Applicants who are ABD and a defense date by May 2025 will be considered. All degrees must be from regionally accredited colleges and universities. Official transcripts will have to be provided upon hire.

Previous experience in teaching excellence with undergraduate students. Successful applicants must be able to teach introductory and upper-division courses, in all areas of Criminology, including law enforcement, courts, corrections (community based and institutional), research, statistics, and cyber-intelligence. In addition, successful applicants must be able to teach special topics in emerging fields and topics (e.g. emergency management, forensics, crime scene and fraud investigations).

Demonstrated experience with diversity, excellence, and inclusion.

Record of scholarly publication or show promise to be able to produce scholarly publications. Candidates must have a clearly articulated research agenda.

Demonstrated ability in curriculum development.

Must be able to develop and foster relationships with the criminal justice community.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience of current teaching and learning strategies to facilitate and promote student-centered learning.

Demonstrated experience of successful interaction with academically and culturally diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates who are experienced in emerging areas of Criminology/Criminal Justice, including, but not limited to Cyber-intelligence, Forensics, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Crime Scene and Fraud Investigations.

Experience serving as an advisor to student-based organizations.

Effective experience in grant proposal writing, with successful track-record in securing grant funding.

Active engagement in a professional organization related to the discipline.

Experience in effectively supervising undergraduate research and record of student publication and/or presentations at professional conferences.

Experience with professional presentations at scholarly or practitioner state, regional, and/or national conferences.

Documented experience with experiential learning strategies and curricula.

Supplemental Information

Finalists for this position are subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history and identity check. Files to be submitted are 1) Letter of Application; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) Statement of Teaching Philosophy; 4) Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended (official transcripts will be required of all finalists); 5) Three signed Letters of Recommendation on letterhead from individuals familiar with the candidate's teaching abilities are also required. Send items that cannot be uploaded to


Johnson C. Smith University, a 155-year-old historically black liberal arts college dedicated to serving a diverse student body, is located in Charlotte, NC. The University has a rich history and is heralded as one of the best of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation, serving 1400 students in undergraduate, graduate, non-traditional and adult programs. Johnson C. Smith University continues to gain a strong national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology. For more information, please visit http://www.,

Johnson C. Smith University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or veteran’s status as it relates to student enrollment or hiring. Johnson C. Smith University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's 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 Johnson C. Smith University.

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