University of Cincinnati — Professor & Director, School of Criminal Justice

School of Criminal Justice
School Director

The School of Criminal Justice (SoCJ) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) is seeking applications for a School Director, with the appointment starting July 1, 2020, although the start date is negotiable.

The University of Cincinnati is a Research I university that was established in 1819 and is home to more than 46,000 students. UC’s campus was listed in Forbes magazine as being one of the world’s most beautiful campuses. The University recently set its strategic direction as leading urban public universities into a new era of innovation and impact. Information about the strategic direction can be found at

The top-ranked School of Criminal Justice (SoCJ) is home to over 1,000 students pursuing Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees. 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 3rd nationally by U.S. News and World Report. The SoCJ is the recipient of more than $90 million in grants and contracts across its Institutes and Centers. 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. Information about the SoCJ can be found at:

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.

Ideal Qualifications:
The ideal 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.

Minimum Qualifications:
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.

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • 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.

Apply at; Requisition ID 40206.

Review of applications will start on January 9, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is expected to start on July 1, 2020 or as negotiated.