Instructor – Criminal Justice-UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

Envision yourself in a collaborative, inclusive, and innovative work environment that has a deep commitment to position our graduates for success in their professional and personal lives. Visualize applying your energy and skills for an organization that respects and cares about its employees enough to offer some of the best benefits of the industry while encouraging every team member to grow, collaborate, and provide input on how to consistently make the workplace a place people love to work. Imagine working at a college that welcomes everyone — students, faculty, staff, and community members — regardless of their backgrounds, beliefs, or traditions. If what was just described is what you look for in a workplace, welcome to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)!

Who We Are:

The UCCS College of Public Service (CPS) provides students with a collaborative learning environment for lucrative careers in Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Social Work, and more.

The mission of the UCCS College of Public Service is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad, through collaborative governance, public service innovation, community engagement, and research.

We endorse a belief that our differences make us better educators, researchers, and community advocates. To do so, we cultivate a professional atmosphere that equips students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to lead critical conversations, create inclusive and equitable environments, and guide public service processes with the knowledge and confidence to address and empower a public that represents the full spectrum of human experience.

Criminal Justice Programs at UCCS

Criminal Justice is a broad and increasingly interdisciplinary field. Criminal Justice programs at UCCS aim to capture the academic liberal arts emphasis and the professional and policy knowledge required to educate criminal justice professionals.

The Criminal Justice program at UCCS offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. The program curriculum is designed to accommodate students interested in pursuing professional careers in criminal justice and research or academic careers.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. We have a strong focus in fueling student success by creating, using, and maintaining a multitude of different offices and programs. Overall, UCCS is constantly focused of preparing our students to have success in the future, and we understand that every single employee on our campus has a significant effect on that focus. Find more information about working at UCCS here:

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The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position.


This full-time faculty line will join a collegial and hard-working team of 10 other full-time faculty members who instruct one of the largest majors on the UCCS campus. The Instructor of Criminal Justice position will teach four courses per semester (fall and spring, with the potential for a course or two in the summer). Teaching requirements (80% effort) will include on-campus, hybrid, and online courses within the undergraduate criminal justice program and the potential to teach in the graduate criminal justice program (pending experience and education) and the dual degree programs (sociology, psychology, public administration) offered within the department of criminal justice. The instructor will be expected to prepare and teach courses that contribute to the core and elective curriculum, additionally, they may be asked to mentor students, facilitate independent studies, mentor students on thesis/capstones, and contribute to the curriculum development within the department. The instructor is also expected to be an engaged faculty member contributing 20% effort to the essential duties of the department (e.g., participating in faculty meetings, serving on department, College, and campus committees, advising student clubs, engaging with the community, and other essential need of the department and college).

Essential Functions:

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
The instructor must be able to deliver high-quality instruction within both core and elective curricula in a variety of, in-person formats (online, and hybrid).The position requires a flexible schedule as course offerings are scheduled both during the day and the evening to meet student needs.Examples of courses that may be assigned include but are not limited to: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Courts & Judicial Process, Contemporary Issues in Social and Public Policy, Violence in Society, Criminal Law and Constitutional Procedure, or Interview and Interrogations.The position requires an ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a collegial member of a team.The position requires an ability to work with diverse groups of people.The instructor will be expected to contribute to a climate of support for students.
Work Location: Hybrid (50% remote, 50% on-site)

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

What We Offer:

Salary Range: $50,000 – $54,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers excellent benefits, some of which include:
Medical insurance, with the lowest cost option being $0 to the employeeDental, Vision, Life and Disability insuranceMandatory retirement plans. Employees contribute 5% of their annual compensation. CU doubles that and contributes 10%Tuition Assistant Benefit available to you or a dependentPaid Parental Leave after 12 months of employmentFaculty Housing Assistance Program(delete for IRC & research faculty)

Tentative Search Timeline:
Priority will be given to applications submitted by January 12, 2024. However, this posting will remain open until filled.The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of TBD.The potential dates for campus interviews: TBDThe potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of TBD.The potential employee start date is August 12, 2024.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

Please note that while the position details both required qualifications as well as preferred qualifications below, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, have passion for the work, along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:
Has obtained, at a minimum, a master’s degree in criminal justice, criminology, or a related discipline to the justice profession from an accredited institution or a Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school.At least five years of applied work experience with a criminal justice agency.Must be able to teach criminal justice courses in a variety of formats, including online, in-person, and hybrid.Must be able to coordinate with criminal justice agencies (e.g., events, guest speakers, and other CJ curriculum needs).
Preferred Qualifications:
At least one semester of teaching experience, which may include teaching at the secondary or postsecondary levels and/or leading professional training(s).Areas of specialization are open, but preference will be given to applicants with experience in policing, law, or leadership within a related justice field and or/will contribute to the creation of new and innovative option areas/certificates within the criminal justice curriculum.
Physical Requirements:

This candidate is expected to work on-site. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to move. Employee is occasionally required to have long periods of sitting, moderate bending, moderate energy requirements and fine motor skills. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications submitted by January 12, 2024, will receive full consideration. – Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at (job #: 32172). – Official transcripts will be required upon hire. – Please provide a list of three professional references with the application. If selected as a finalist, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or Job-related inquiries should be directed to the Search Chair, Kate Quintana, at ( The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position. Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s), Statement of Teaching Philosophy Application Materials Instructions: To apply, please submit the following application materials to this posting. 1. A current resume/CV. Must include date ranges to include month and year (mm/yyyy) and whether the position was full time or part time. 2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 3. Unofficial transcripts. 4. List of three (3) Professional References. 5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy. For the specific material requirements please refer to the detailed applications instructions section in the job description. When submitting the materials, check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in order for the search committee members to see your materials.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Colorado Springs Department: C0001 — Colorado Springs Campus – 40084 – CPS Administrative Ops

Schedule: Full-time

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