Job Summary/Basic Function:The Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Health and Public Service (HPS) at the University of North Texas (UNT) seeks applicants for a Department Chair beginning in May 2020 for the Summer 2020 semester. Applicants should have a record of scholarly achievement appropriate for appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure. The position reports to the dean of HPS.
The Department of Criminal Justice is one of seven academic departments in HPS, an interdisciplinary college that fosters faculty, students, and staff collaboration and collegiality. We conduct innovative, high-impact research and promote excellence in education. The Department of Criminal Justice is very student-centered and is the largest department in HPS in terms of the number of undergraduate majors we serve and in the number of student credit hours produced. The department has 12 full-time faculty members who are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service. Our nationally recognized scholars focus on interdisciplinary solutions to the complex problems of crime and disorder. The department houses the top 10 ranked journal, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, and boasts a top 25 nationally ranked graduate program. The department has 850 majors in the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice degree program. The Department also has 90 students enrolled in the Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice degree program. The BS and MS programs are offered using face-to-face and online formats and we offer a comprehensive curriculum at the undergraduate and Master’s levels.
The Chair is the chief academic and administrator of the Department of Criminal Justice. The Chair is responsible for the daily operation of the department, in consultation and collaboration with the dean, provost, departmental faculty, and the UNT administrative teams, as appropriate. General responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 1) faculty and staff recruiting to ensure the highest quality, integrity, and diversity of faculty and staff; 2) ensuring quality in the instruction, research, and service programs conducted in the department; 3) implementing teaching assignments and seeking to maintain an equitable and mutually agreeable distribution of courses and sections; 4) having responsibilities for the expenditure of department funds and the care and use of department property; 5) working with faculty and staff administrators in setting a vision for the department, both long- and short-term, and developing outcome-based goals that support the department, college and university strategic plan(s); and, 6) assigning faculty workloads. The Chair should participate in community outreach and engagement as well as continued participation in their professional discipline. The Chair normally teaches one course each semester. The chair works closely with the dean of the College of HPS to continue the Department’s focus of teaching and research excellence and to develop strategies to increase our national rankings.
The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.
Minimum Qualifications:Ph.D. in Criminal Justice or a closely related discipline
Preferred Qualifications:Candidates whose major discipline area is Criminal Justice.
A preferred applicant’s record will include a history of successful leadership in an administrative appointment in a university.
Continued research engagement through refereed publications and/or funded research is desirable.