Assistant Professor - Law and Justice at Central Washington University

Central Washington University


Mid Level

Ellensburg, WA, USA

$53.000 - $76.000

23 Sep → 23 Oct

Job Description

The Department of Law & Justice at Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA) is seeking candidates who will enhance our Criminology and Criminal Justice specialization. We seek an individual demonstrating dedication to excellence in teaching and a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness. The Department, administratively housed in the College of the Sciences, currently includes 9 full-time professors and lecturers.

Who we are:
We are a team of individuals committed to Changing Students' Lives. No matter what job, each of us plays a part in supporting and empowering our students to fulfill their dreams.

Working in higher education provides career growth and career choice. Think of a university campus like a mini city, operating across 380 acres. You’ll find diverse academics, libraries, athletics and sporting events, full service and quick serve dining, conferences and events from small to large, recreation centers, housing for ~10,000 students, health services, police and public safety.

For the seventh time in eight years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Come join us on our journey to encourage, inspire, and create spaces where all identities thrive on campus.

Tour our campus in Ellensburg here.

What we offer:
Our investment in you begins the day you join our team, a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, tuition assistance for you and your dependents, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. Learn more:

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Appointment: Full-Time, Tenure-Track, 9 Month Appointment. Additional Summer teaching may be available. Central Washington University is on the quarter system with appointments from mid-September through mid-June.

Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance.

Additional Information: For additional information about the University, visit:
For additional information about Ellensburg, visit:

To apply for this position, you must attach:

A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting; and (c) detail how teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields (applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further CWU’s commitment to diversity);
Curriculum Vitae including work history, education, training and contact information for three professional references;
Teaching interests;
Statement of teaching philosophy;
Research statement;
Writing sample; and
Copies of transcripts for highest degree held.

**NOTE: Although copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes, all job offers are contingent upon verification of highest degree. Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21.14.1, CWU employees are to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of October 2021. Your vaccination status will be verified if/when a job offer is made. Information about how to apply for medical and religious accommodations are available here: Failure to meet the vaccination policy (or approval of a medical or religious accommodation) will result in revocation of the offer.

Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to sign a Sexual Misconduct disclosure in pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080 and submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.

The conditions of employment with Central Washington University are set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Central Washington University and United Faculty of Central, University policies and procedures, and applicable state and federal laws.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement may be found here:

Job Responsibilities

  • Teach courses across the Law and Justice curriculum, in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, with a particular focus on criminal justice courses.
  • Teaching modalities that include on campus, online, and hybrid.
  • Pursue an active research agenda.
  • Serve on department and university committees.
  • Faculty will integrate CWU’s commitment to diversity and create a learning environment that is welcoming, accessible and inclusive for all students.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • PhD in Criminology/Criminal Justice or closely related social science discipline

  • Strong candidates who are nearing completion (ABD) of the PhD will be considered.

  • Experience or interest in teaching courses dealing with policing or corrections.

  • Teaching, research, service or other experience that has prepared the candidate to contribute to CWU’s commitment to the engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse students.

  • Experience in teaching at the university level.

  • Potential to teach graduate courses.

  • Experience working with a diverse student population.

  • Ability or a willingness to teach the following courses: Community and Social Justice, Juvenile justice, Evidence-based policing, Criminological Theory

  • Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.

  • Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.

  • Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.

  • Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.

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