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POSITION:  Assistant or Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Non-Tenure Track (Exempt)

COLLEGE/DEPARTMENT:  Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts

SUPERVISOR TITLE:  Department Head: Criminal Justice, Associate Professor


EXEMPTION:  Teacher Exemption

LOCATION: HSU Campus, Abilene, TX 

TARGET HIRE DATE: January 10, 2022

Candidate must profess a Christian Faith, maintain membership in a local congregation, and respect the values and distinctives central to the historically Baptist values of HSU.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Human Resources 325-670-1259 or 


This position participates in a broad range of activities that support the mission, vision, core values and purposes of Hardin-Simmons University. Faculty members in the Criminal Justice Department are responsible and accountable for ensuring the attainment of the goals, mission and vision of the Criminal Justice Department. Successful performance of this role requires excellent classroom proficiency, management, leadership, organizational aptitude, and excellent interpersonal communication. In addition, faculty are accountable and responsible for ensuring high quality programming for students in the Criminal Justice Program. Ultimately, the continued pursuit of academic excellence in all settings is central to this role. This position reports directly to the Head of the Criminal Justice Department.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: These examples do not include all possible tasks & do not limit the assignment of related tasks.

Maintain current knowledge of current cases and literature related to the justice system at the local, state, and federal levels.

Maintain both an active Texas Peace Officer license and a commission with a Texas Law Enforcement Agency.

Utilize aggregate data from the evaluation of curriculum, faculty and student evaluation of teaching-learning practices to inform decisions that facilitate the achievement of student outcomes to foster program improvement.

Respond appropriately to an annual evaluation conference with the Department Head.

Provide the materials and documents required to accompany a recommendation for promotion at times designated in specific contracts.

Actively participate in screening the school’s library holdings and recommending the most appropriate collection to meet program outcomes.

Engage in appropriate and required faculty development activities that foster achievement of program outcomes.

Maintain a professional affiliation with community partners and other agencies.

Acquaint criminal justice majors and minors with career opportunities and opportunities for graduate study.

Participate in external and internal recruitment activities for the Criminal Justice Program.

Maintain accurate records and documents and submit timely reports. Records/documents include but are not limited to syllabi, grades, and office hours.

Submit all course grades electronically each semester as defined by HSU.

Schedule, announce, post, and maintain a minimum of ten (10) office hours to allow students time for formal and informal contact that may include but is not limited to advising, mentoring and remediation.

Strive to ensure the highest level of faculty and student morale within the Criminal Justice Department and maintain harmonious, professional, collegial and productive working relationships among colleagues, both within the College of Liberal Arts and across HSU.

Fulfill all classroom, whether face-to-face or online, duties essential to the role of faculty, as assigned by the Department Head.

Attend faculty meetings and participate in the process of faculty governance.

Participate in committees to which you are assigned by attending regularly and fulfilling assigned responsibilities.

Participate in curriculum and program development.

Utilize best practices in the teaching-learning process.

Know and uphold the policies in the Undergraduate/Graduate Catalogs, as well as College and

Departmental Policies.

Function within the parameters of conventions, conferences, and networking with various justice related agencies.

Participate in the advising, mentoring and remediation of students.

Participate in budget planning process.

Make recommendations regarding equipment, software and supplies.

Develop, disseminate, and update syllabus according to program requirements.

Perform other duties as assigned.


There are no supervisor responsibilities, except for students in the Criminal Justice Program during programming activities.

COMPETENCIES: As a part of a Teaching Philosophy, address each competency listed below describing your background and qualifications in each area.

Interview decisions are partially based on this information.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

Job Knowledge - Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.

Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods.

Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary, to reach goals; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES (Language, Mathematical, Reasoning and Computer Skills):

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software; Canvas; and working knowledge of various justice related databases.


The faculty must meet the minimum requirements for employment in Criminal Justice Program as required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

A master's degree in Criminal Justice or related field, four to ten years law enforcement experience, an active peace officer license, and active commission with a law enforcement agency are required. A doctoral degree in Criminal Justice or related field, four to ten years law enforcement experience, an active peace officer license, and active commission are preferred.

Show evidence of teaching abilities and maintaining current knowledge and experience in the law enforcement field. Prior teaching experience in higher education preferred.

Computer literacy, including experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, and willingness to learn to use university software and online educational platforms.


Hold current Texas Peace Officer License.

Hold and maintain an active commission with a Texas law enforcement agency.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand; walk and talk or hear. 

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 

The job is sedentary in nature. Must be able to sit for long periods of time while performing office and computer operations.

Must be able to stand and walk during teaching and programming events/activities.

Must be able to make trips across campus to various buildings and offices.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


This position is a Full-Time Exempt Level Faculty Position with a teaching load at the Hardin-Simmons University campus. Additional travel may be required for student evaluation/sponsorship and/or professional development.

Must have and maintain a valid Class C Driver’s License and maintain a clear driving record to be insurable under the university liability policy.

Must be able to drive to complete work assignments on and off campus, as needed.

Infrequent travel may be required on occasion in order to attend training, network with justice agency representatives, and participate and/or facilitate programming events and activities.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the HSU Benefits Summary on the HSU website.

EEO / ADA Statement:

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information and military service.  HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and may lawfully consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU’s mission.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the organization or would change the essential functions of the job. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.


HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university’s financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin-Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions.