Rutgers University-Newark — Dean, School of Criminal Justice

Nationally ranked as one of the country’s leading schools, the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) at Rutgers University-Newark seeks an innovative leader and scholar as its dean to strengthen the tradition of high-impact research, role as an anchor institution and sense of diversity in method and identity. 

Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) recognizes its home city as both a defining influence in its story and a distinctive asset. The university attracts and cultivates talent in students, faculty and staff from home and abroad in an inclusive culture focused on academic excellence and publicly engaged scholarship.

The campus has an ambitious strategic plan organized around five broad areas that capture the vision for change and influence of RU-N as a new type of anchor institution:

The School of Criminal Justice plays a critical role in realizing this vision due to the very nature of its interdisciplinary curriculum, policy-based degree programs and research projects. With 24 faculty and over 900 students, the school provides a rich environment for innovation, engagement and scholarship, as shown by the vast array of studies underway, from new policing tools and frameworks to more robust strategies to curb mass incarceration. 

A top school in the country, SCJ is home to multiple fellows and past presidents of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminology, and a recent recipient of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. The faculty also serve in editorial boards of the major journals in the discipline and regularly receive competitive awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice and countless other public and private organizations.

The dean is the chief academic officer of the School of Criminal Justice, overseeing academic programming and student services, staff, faculty hiring and development and sponsored research. The new dean will have the opportunity to engage faculty in defining the vision for the future of a school widely regarded as one of the top programs in the country. The dean will also engage the faculty in cultivating and promoting interdisciplinary programming and in further solidifying a distinctive identity for the school, building its strengths and contributing to enhance its reach in Newark and beyond. 

The dean will maintain the highest standards of academic excellence developing new and existing degree programs, encouraging and prioritizing interdisciplinary collaboration and supporting publicly engaged scholarship. The dean will also be responsible for the fiscal management of the school, which includes working with the chief financial officer at RU-N as well as the vice chancellor for development, and will actively engage in the Newark community, promoting school-community partnerships and modeling an institution that is not just in Newark but of Newark. 

Candidates should possess an earned doctorate. Whether currently in the academy or outside it, candidates must possess the academic credentials and experience that qualify them for appointment as a full professor with tenure in the school.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by December 2. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Rutgers University-Newark’s consultants Robin Mamlet, Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. and Sarah Miller at The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Executive Search Coordinator Leslie Donahue at 630-575-6178.

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