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Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Employment Level and Status: Non-tenure-track, Full-time
Application Deadline: Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled
Appointment/Start Date: The position starting date is August 15, 2018.

Salary: Commensurate upon experience
Post: October 2017


Mercyhurst University

Mercyhurst University is a fully accredited, four-year, Catholic, liberal arts institution founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy, who were committed to making the college and the Erie community a better place. Today, Mercyhurst is home to more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students immersed in more than 50 undergraduate majors with 67 concentrations as well as unique adult programs and nine graduate programs. Mercyhurst has a 16 week, fall/spring semester calendar as well as 8 week, mini-semester options.  Class sizes are small and the typical teaching load is 8 courses per year.  The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice houses an undergraduate program in Criminal Justice with concentrations in Law Enforcement, Criminology, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, and Pre-Law; an online graduate program in Criminal Justice Administration; and offers a 4 + 1, BA and MS degree program in five years. The university maintains its associate degree and police academy programs at a campus in North East, PA, 20 minutes from Erie.


Job Description

Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professorship in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences for the 2018-2019 academic year. The position is at the main Erie campus and begins in fall semester 2018. This position is a one-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal as a full-time tenure-track faculty position. To be hired at the visiting assistant professor level, applicants should possess a Ph.D. in Criminology and/or Criminal Justice by August 1, 2018. A juris doctorate will not be considered for this position.  ABDs and candidates with significant discipline related experience are encouraged to apply.  For a candidate without a terminal degree, hiring will be at the visiting instructor level until the Ph.D. is completed. Special attention will be given to those applicants with law enforcement experience and those who have experience teaching hybrid and online courses.  This is not an online only position.


Job Summary

Successful candidates will teach introductory criminal justice courses with a preference for teaching law enforcement/policing courses at the undergraduate level. In addition to instruction, duties will include advising, curriculum development, service to the profession, and participation in department, college, and university activities. The selected candidate must demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence, continued learning in their field, academic scholarship, and public scholarship. More information about the university is available:  Information about the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice is available:


How to Apply

The initial review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Candidate must be currently eligible to work in the United States. Applicants must send via email a pdf file with the following included: letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, and transcripts (initial submissions may be unofficial copies) to: Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Mercyhurst University, 501 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16546.  Email: (Jennifer Verga, Administrative Assistant)


Mercyhurst is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that encourages members of diverse groups to apply.