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Assistant/Associate Professor of Criminal Justice


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Legal Studies (10000931)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)
Position Description

The Department of Legal Studies at The University of Mississippi is seeking applications for two, nine-month tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor positions. The positions are for the Criminal Justice program. The University of Mississippi is included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.


The Department is housed within the School of Applied Sciences in Oxford, MS. In addition to our recognition as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education, UM has also been acknowledged for the second year in a row in the Chronicle’s 2017 Great Colleges Honor Roll, an award given to only 10 universities with an enrollment of more than 10,000 students. The Department currently offers a B.S. in Criminal Justice, a B.S. in Law Studies, and a Master’s in Criminal Justice (MCJ).


In 2017, the University of Mississippi initiated Flagship Constellations, which are designed to bring together a wide range of faculty from across campus to address some of the most difficult and complex problems facing our nation and world. If you’re interested in working with crossdisciplinary researchers to solve key, grand challenges, this is an exceptional opportunity for you. Interested applicants should electronically upload a letter of application that includes a description of their teaching, research, accomplishments, goals, and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness (ABD applicants should include a section describing their dissertation progress and timeline for completion), unofficial transcripts, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three professional references. The desired appointment date is Fall 2020. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Inquiries about the position may be directed to: Dr. Kimberly Kaiser, Search Committee Chair, School of Applied Sciences, Department of Legal Studies, University of Mississippi, Email:

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in criminology, criminal justice, law studies, or a related discipline (ABDs may apply, but degree must be in hand by the start of employment). Successful candidates will have a record of peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals, an established capacity to secure and maintain extramural funding, a demonstrated ability to effectively teach undergraduate and graduate students, and a clearly articulated service agenda. Expectations are commensurate with Research 1 institutions. Areas of specialization are open, although candidates must demonstrate the ability to contribute to teaching in the Department of Legal Studies graduate program, which was recently awarded the 2019 Donald R. Cole Excellence in Promoting Inclusiveness in Graduate Education Award.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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