Assistant Professor of Justice Systems (Fall 2018), School of Social & Cultural Studies

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Truman State University

Truman State University seeks a diverse pool of applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Justice Systems to start August ­­­2018 (pending funding).  

Responsibilities:  Provide classroom instruction in lower and upper program curriculum including Introduction to Justice Systems and courses in the legal system, criminal law, and criminal procedure; to fulfill additional faculty duties including conducting research appropriate to the teacher-scholar model, academic advising, mentoring of students in research and other experiences; and to provide service to the University and community.

Required Qualifications: Requires a J.D. or a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Justice Systems or Administration of Justice or closely related field; ABD (with Masters in Criminal Justice, Justice Systems or Administration of Justice or closely related field) will be considered - Ph.D. completion must be scheduled by December 2018 for renewal of appointment.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • academic qualifications;
  • teaching background or the potential for teaching (particularly the legal system, criminal law, and criminal procedure, and interdisciplinary courses as part of the Liberal Studies Program);
  • evidence of scholarly activity with emphasis on research beyond J.D. or Ph.D. and the use of candidates’ scholarship to inform their teaching;
  • LL.M. or other degree or post-graduate work beyond the J.D. or Ph.D.,
  • evidence of, or demonstrated potential for, developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in undergraduates,
  • experience mentoring students in undergraduate research or high impact experiences  and/or willingness to mentor them,
  • academic advising experience or the potential for academic advising,
  • compatibility with the department’s needs, including criminal justice courses beyond Intro, the legal system, criminal law, and criminal procedure,
  • evidence of commitment to liberal arts education, including but not limited to interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching, scholarship, and service,
  • experience supporting diversity and inclusion, and
  • strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Compensation and Rank:  This is an entry level position as Assistant Professor with J.D. or Ph.D.; benefits package includes life, health, and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and partial reimbursement of moving expenses. 

Program: The Justice Systems Department is part of the School of Social and Cultural Studies at Truman State University. The Department has 8 faculty members (full and part time) and approximately 150 undergraduate majors. The Justice Systems major stresses a broad knowledge base in criminal justice, a gradual and cumulative building of research and communication skills, high expectations of students, and a commitment to liberal learning in general. For more information about the Justice Systems program, please visit

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree.   

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college.  The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the NEMO Triathlon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake.  Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at  

Application: The School of Social and Cultural Studies coordinates the application process. Electronic submission of applications is required and candidate’s documents should be uploaded at Letters of recommendation may be emailed to: with “TT Justice Systems Search” in the subject line.

Complete applications must include:

  • a letter of application that addresses the evaluation criteria, scholarly activity interests, and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;
  • current curriculum vitae,
  • statement of teaching philosophy and research interests and goals, as well as commitment to inclusive excellence, to the liberal arts and sciences, and to student development,
  • copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and
  • three current letters of recommendation, (these may be e-mailed to:

Review of applications will begin November 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official copies of graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Martin Jayne, Associate Professor and Chair of Justice Systems,, 660-785-4666.

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed

to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;

women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.




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