Professor, Homeland Security (Open Rank)



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Job description

Albany, NY

About University at Albany:
Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany’s broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,900 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State’s capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks. The University at Albany is a nationally recognized leader in security and preparedness training, research and education. It has longstanding partnerships with key security agencies across the State and the nation. The University has received tens of millions of dollars in federal, state and private sector support to its schools, colleges and research centers based on this expertise. Partnerships with government agencies, private industry and not-for-profit organizations provide an opportunity to contribute to highly applied research and access to a wealth of resources held by these organizations and agencies. UAlbany educates almost 18,000 students, of which 45% of graduate students and 57% of undergraduate students are from historically underrepresented minorities. Thirty percent of our students are first generation.

About the College of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security (CEHC):
The mission of CEHC at the University at Albany is to make a difference by providing high quality academic programs, blending an interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial spirit, fostering enthusiasm for learning and teaching, promoting operational application of knowledge, and leading cutting-edge research initiatives that bring together people, technology, and knowledge to address the challenges of the 21st century.

As the first college of its kind in the nation, CEHC has seen its academic programs grow rapidly. It is projected to grow further over the next five years as it expands undergraduate and graduate academic programs in emergency preparedness, homeland security, cybersecurity, informatics, and information science. The University at Albany and the State of New York are committed to providing significant support to the establishment and planned growth of the unit. CEHC values diversity and inclusion of our students, of our faculty and field, and believes this is essential to achieving excellence.

Job Description:
CEHC is seeking applicants for an open rank faculty position or full-time lecturer/professor of practice in the growing field of Homeland Security. The position is open with respect to subfield specialization, but we are particularly interested in applicants focusing on: intelligence, threat assessment, immigration and borders, transnational criminal organizations, critical infrastructure protection, extremism, trade and transport operations, unconventional weapons or counter-terrorism. CEHC has a goal of creating a dedicated team of educators and researchers capable of enabling our students to successfully explore and interpret the rich array of discipline and perspectives contained within homeland security. The rank is open.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Political Science, Criminology, Public Policy, Sociology, Geography, Homeland Security, History, Psychology, or related field from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Applicants for a Lecturer/Professor of practice position should hold an advanced degree in Political Science, Criminology, Public Policy, Sociology, Geography, Homeland Security, History, Psychology, or related field from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Senior applicants should have a well-established program of research and external funding; junior tenure-track applicants should have a range of publications in submission, revision, and/or print that suggest a trajectory toward tenurable research record
  • The applicant must be able to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and contribute to the core curriculum in the major and minor
  • Applicants must address in their application their ability to work with a culturally diverse population

Preferred Qualifications:
While not necessary for candidates, the following skills and experience will be viewed positively by the Search Committee:

  • Prior experience in at least one of the subfields of homeland security listed above. Experience in more than one subfield will be regarded particularly positively.
  • Familiarity with the history and operation of homeland security policies, programs, and efforts in the United States, at the federal, state and/or local levels.
  • Particular interest in researchers that creatively utilize mixed mode qualitative/ quantitative approaches.
  • Experience or expertise in intelligence operations.
  • Familiarity with risk assessment techniques.
  • Strong qualitative or quantitative modeling skills in areas such as red teaming, systems theory, scenario generation, operations research, game theory, or decision analysis.
  • A comparative research orientation.
  • A demonstrated ability to obtain external funding

Additional Information:
Professional Rank and Salary Range: Professor – Open Rank

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University’s crime statistics for the past three years; and disclosures regarding the University’s current campus security policies. The University at Albany’s Annual Security Report is available in portable document format [PDF] by clicking this link

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How to apply

Please apply online via 115520

Application Instructions:
Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications
  • Applicants must indicate the rank position(s) they would like to be considered for in their cover letters: Full-time Lecturer/Professor of practice, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Associate Professor (tenured) and Full professor (tenured)
  • If applying for tenure-track position: Writing sample or publication
  • Brief (2 pages or less) research statement describing research interests and how the candidate’s research agenda fits in with the interdisciplinary nature of CEHC, and one or more of the substantive foci described above OR a statement of teaching philosophy, including a statement of experience with, and commitment to, teaching a diverse student body
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as syllabi and student evaluations)
  • Graduate transcript (for ABD and Assistant Professor applicants)
  • List of three references (provide names and contact information)

Note: After submitting your CV, the subsequent pages give you instructions for uploading additional documents (i.e. cover letter etc.).

Search will remain open until the position is filled.