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Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice

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1460 University Drive, Winchester, Virginia

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Shenandoah University is a private institution in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with a student enrollment of ~4,500 students (graduate and undergraduate), the majority of which reside on campus or in the Winchester, Virginia area. We have average class sizes between 15 and 20 students and favor direct contact and interaction between faculty and students. Shenandoah University is committed to student support, collegiality, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The University is in Winchester, Virginia 30 miles from the north entrance of Shenandoah National Park.

Shenandoah University’s Office of Arts and Sciences is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice. This is a full-time benefited position located on our main campus in Winchester, Virginia.

Shenandoah University invites applications for a full-time and open rank faculty position in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department. We seek a skilled educator with an interest in developing a regional approach to studying criminal and social justice systems and the use of community policing. In-person teaching responsibilities will include introductory, law enforcement, and additional courses within the successful applicant’s area of interest or specialization.

The successful applicant will also have experience with and/or scholarly expertise on the effects of changing demographic, social and economic conditions on the criminal justice system and its interaction with the communities it serves. This area is of special concern to our program given our growing regional focus and the contributions of an increasingly diversified population to growth and development of our regional economy and social system in the last decade.

In addition to undergraduate instruction and university service, the successful applicant must be able to collaborate with colleagues and stakeholders to integrate experiential learning and community engagement into course curriculum and program design.  This obligation aligns with our university mission to create lifelong learners and engaged citizens as well as our program interests in empowering students to take a proactive approach to addressing both social and criminal justice issues.  This position is meant to improve Shenandoah’s ability to address regional needs and to enhance the social and criminal justice workforce through greater engagement between these professionals, other stakeholders, our students, and our curriculum.

Required Skills

The successful candidate must hold an earned doctorate in Criminal Justice or Criminology.  ABDs will also be considered but must have a doctorate before appointment.  Experience teaching in the face-to-face classroom mode is required. Experience in program development, experiential learning, and/or collaborating with criminal justice professionals and scholars is preferred.

Required Experience

How to Apply: 

The complete application will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected.

Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.

**Note: A pre-employment background check will be required and a satisfactory driving record may be required as a condition of hire. 

Shenandoah University values the unique and diverse perspectives of individuals and communities locally and globally and seeks to foster mutual understanding in an inviting community where individuals are welcome and respected. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical, or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or on any other basis protected under applicable law.


Salary Type

Not Applicable