The Department of Justice Studies was founded as a Police School in 1930. Over the years, the degrees offered have varied as academic curricula in the field of criminal justice and criminology have evolved. In recent years, our Department has successfully transitioned toward an emphasis on justice broadly conceived, favoring an interdisciplinary inquiry into principles and issues of social justice and human rights that are essential for the common good. Looking forward from 2021, our Department offers BS degrees in Justice Studies, Justice Studies with a Concentration in Criminology, and in Forensic Science with Concentrations. SJSU was the first university in the CSU to offer a Forensic Science Degree. The BS in Forensic Science has three concentrations: Chemistry, Biology, and Digital Evidence. The Department also houses four minors—Justice Studies, Forensic Studies, Legal Studies, and Human Rights. In addition to the degrees mentioned above, our Department houses the Record Clearance Project. At the graduate level, the Department offers an MS degree in Justice Studies and an online MS degree in Criminology with a Concentration in Global Criminology. The department is located on campus at 524 MacQuarrie Hall, and can be viewed online at http://www.sjsu.edu/justicestudies/.
Brief Description of Duties
In the Department of Justice Studies, lecturer faculty are most typically appointed to teaching roles on one or more of our programs. More rarely, lecturer faculty are appointed to service and research roles.
- The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
- Faculty shall organize all their classes within the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).
- All classes must be offered and meet as scheduled throughout the entire semester or term, in the mode assigned and listed in the schedule of classes (i.e., asynchronous, synchronous, bichronous, in-person, or hybrid).
Initial appointment at the LA range is for an entry-level lecturer showing promise as an educator.
- A candidate for this range would typically possess at least a Master's degree and/or equivalent specialized professional expertise or experience. Persons without a qualifying degree may be appointed in this range with approval from faculty services.
- Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.
Salary Range - Commensurate with experience within ranks established by the CSU Salary Schedule.
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- Cover Letter
- List of References
This is a continuing open position.
Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.
Appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.
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