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Professor & Director, School of Criminal Justice

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


Job Overview

The School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati is seeking applications for School Director and Professor position, with the appointment starting July 1, 2023, although the start date is negotiable.

The top-ranked School of Criminal Justice (SoCJ) is home to over 1,000 students pursuing Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees. The Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are offered both on campus and online and the undergraduate program is one of the largest programs on campus. Through classroom instruction, engaged and interactive mentoring, and close connection with agencies nationally and internationally, the highly productive and experienced faculty foster the production, translation, and dissemination of rigorous, multi-disciplinary science to drive impactful change and improve theoretical understanding and practical action across many sub-disciplines of criminal justice and criminology. The doctoral program is ranked 4th nationally by U.S. News and World Report. The School also houses the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute, the Center for Police Research and Policy, the Institute for Crime Science, and the Criminal Justice Research Center. The SoCJ is the recipient of more than $90 million in grants and contracts. The School offers specializations in crime prevention, policing, corrections, criminal justice, and criminology. Information about the SoCJ can be found at: 

Further information about the University is available at The city of Cincinnati offers a range of multi-cultural activities and amenities in addition to attractive and affordable housing.

Essential Functions

The School Director is the academic unit head for the School of Criminal Justice. The unit head serves by empowerment of the Faculty and designation by the Dean to represent the faculty and college administration—each to the other—and to the University and Community. Responsibilities include: 

  • Leadership in the development of the academic unit’s mission within the academic mission of the college. 
  • Leadership and advocacy of its academic programs in the pursuit of educational excellence.
  • Leadership in promoting the selection and retention of an outstanding and diversified Faculty and Staff.
  • Leadership in the promotion of Faculty development that includes provision of adequate resources for colleagues’ professional growth and annual performance reviews of Faculty. 
  • Leadership in academic governance, especially the collaborative development of appropriate procedures for governance within the academic unit.
  • Leadership in promoting a climate where both the spirit and letter of affirmative action prevail. 
  • Involvement in personal professional development and scholarship, including the development of necessary administrative skills and knowledge. 
  • Management and oversight of the Academic Unit’s budget, class schedules, course offerings, staff, and faculty workload including teaching and service assignments.
  • Implementation of appropriate training and provisions of the UC/AAUP agreement, University Rules, and College bylaws.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must have obtained a Doctorate degree from a regionally accredited college or university of recognized standing in Criminal Justice or a related discipline in the social or behavioral sciences.
  • Must have scholarship commensurate with appointment at the rank of Professor at the School of Criminal Justice and documented good performance in teaching and service over an extended period of time.


Additional Qualifications Considered

The selected candidate will be someone who: 

  • Enables and promotes rigorous and theoretically informed research and inquiries.
  • Enables translation of research discoveries into programs and tools that have short-term and long-term impacts on society.
  • Has demonstrated ability to:  Direct a large and diverse academic unit; Effectively collaborate with the Dean, other School Directors, Program Coordinators, Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community leaders to advance the School, College, and University missions; Lead faculty and staff to grow academic programs, research activities, and research translation through various centers; Work with regional, national, and international community partners; Manage a large and complex budget and work collaboratively with the Dean to grow the School’s contribution to performance-based budgeting; Promote scholarship and grant activities; Promote undergraduate and graduate programs’ distinctions. 
  • Has strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Application Process

Interested persons must apply online.  Please include:

  • Cover letter highlighting their interest in leading the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, how their experience and background prepared them to meet the requirements of this role, their vision for the School, and how they are prepared to fill this role with the skills necessary to achieve this vision.
  • Complete Curriculum Vitae.
  • List of five references, preferably representing diverse roles and/or faculty ranks. 


All required documents must be attached to your online application.  Please use the "Additional Documents" option to attach these documents.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Renee Hawkins (, Search Committee Chair, School of Human Services, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221

Review of applications will begin October 21, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The appointment is expected to start on July 1, 2023, or as negotiated. 


Applications are still being accepted and reviewed for this position.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.




The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 88691


Professor & Director, School of Criminal Justice

Date:  Nov 18, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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