Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Westfield, Massachusetts, United States

Job description

About Westfield State University:
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State fosters intellectual curiosity, encourages critical thinking, inspires civic engagement, and promotes a global perspective. We are public teaching institution committed to offering quality programs in the liberal arts and sciences and complementing professional studies curricula where research is strongly encouraged, especially projects that involve undergraduates and/or community partners.

Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The University is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts and offers a high quality of life. Hiking, canoeing, and ski areas are minutes away, the campus is just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.

The department of Criminal Justice at Westfield State University seeks candidates for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank starting September 1, 2018. Position responsibilities include the development and teaching of undergraduate courses, advising, service to the department and University, and ongoing continued scholarship. The department enriches student learning with an extensive internship program, professional networking opportunities, and relationships with local and national criminal justice and social service organizations. Opportunities to teach at the Masters level and to teach in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education exist.

The Department of Criminal Justice seeks candidates with a commitment to broad-based liberal arts education rooted in the social science tradition of critical inquiry. corrections.

Review of applications will begin January 22, 2018, and continue until finalists have been selected.


Minimum Qualifications:
A PhD or terminal degree at the time of hire is required in the area of criminal justice, criminology, or related field such as sociology or political science, although ABD status with significant assurance of completion will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:
The department is especially interested in applicants with specialization in areas such as law enforcement or corrections.

Additional Information:

Disability Accommodations :
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact Lawrence Johnson, the University’s ADA Coordinator at (413) 572-8485.

Background Check :
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

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How to apply

An online application is required. A complete application includes:

  • Cover letter*
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copies of all transcripts
  • Statement of teaching philosophy with areas for continuing scholarship
  • Contact information for three reference letter providers**

*In your cover letter please include the ways in which you would advance diversity and inclusion in your classroom and at the university.

**Contact information for three reference letter providers should be completed on the Reference form. Applicants that are using Interfolio for an existing confidential letter of recommendation should provide the Interfolio based email address (e.g.

Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

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As part of the Massachusetts public higher education system, Westfield State University is dedicated to equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to succeed.