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Program Chair – Criminal Justice

Post University is currently accepting applications for Program Chair, Criminal Justice to join our team.

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JOB SUMMARY:

The John. P. Burke School of Public Service and Education is seeking a Program Chair to join our School and lead both an Associate of Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. The Program Chair for Criminal Justice (“PC for CRJ”) is a full-time position integral to the University’s mission. The PC for CRJ’s key responsibilities are to maintain and increase the quality of program courses, support student success, supervise the Associate Program Chair for Criminal Justice, manage and develop the pool of part-time Associate Faculty (“AF”) members teaching Criminal Justice courses, teach a course load, and engage in other related activities to promote the academic excellence of the Criminal Justice program.  This is a full-time position located on Post’s main campus in Waterbury, CT, and is not a remote opportunity. Evening and/or weekend hours may be occasionally required. 

 Working with the Associate PC for Criminal Justice and the Burke Assistant Dean, the PC for CRJ is accountable for programmatic student retention, ensures that AFs meet engagement expectations, and are in compliance with university and program policies and procedures. Also, the PC for CRJ oversees course and program development and will lead in areas assigned by the Dean and Assistant Dean. 

The Criminal Justice program aims to provide our students and alumni with the specialized knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to pursue their personal and professional interests in the corrections, law enforcement, and legal fields. The PC for CRJ is responsible for teaching 6-8 courses per year, hiring and managing part-time teaching faculty members, scheduling the program courses being offered each term, and implementing retention strategies to increase student persistence and graduation rates. 

Post University requires, as a condition of employment, that all new hires and employees have or obtain the Covid-19 vaccination and booster and provide proof of same unless an exemption or deferral is approved.

Requirements: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skills, and competencies required. Reasonable accommodations may enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • A Master’s (or higher level) degree in criminal justice or a related field is required.A minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in higher education or a related field.
  • Experience teaching in higher education, with experience in both the traditional classroom and online using the Blackboard LMS or similar platform.
  • Outstanding organizational and communication skills to facilitate programming, interface effectively with Post University faculty and staff and provide for the evolving needs of the Criminal Justice program and its students.

Desired Knowledge and Skills: 

  • Demonstrated successful teaching experience at the college/university level, which should include prior online teaching experience.
  • Desire and ability to grow the Criminal Justice program and maintain the effectiveness of the program offerings and curricula.
  • Must be adept in the use and applications of instructional technology.
  • Passion for education and genuine interest in leading others—must be a team-focused leader with a positive attitude.
  • A passion for creating and providing an outstanding learning experience grounded by an uplifting, supportive student-focused approach.  
  • Experience using assessments to improve teaching or programs is a plus.
  • Ability to accept and render constructive criticism professionally.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively is required. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Teaching:

  • The Program Chair will be expected to teach 6-8 courses per year in the Criminal Justice program.
  • Participate in at least two university committees or other relevant workgroups/initiatives as determined by the Assistant Dean and/or Dean. 

Course Development:  

  • Develops curricula to achieve the stated University, School, and program goals and outcomes.  
  • Updates and revises course content and teaching methodology to ensure currency and relevance.  
  • Ensures curricula are developed, implemented, and revised to reflect relevant professional standards.
  • Actively seeks ways to improve instruction quality.
  • Maintains familiarity with current texts, electronic course materials, teaching aids and techniques relative to courses and recommends their adoption when appropriate. 

Management:  

  • Identifies, hires, supervises, and evaluates Criminal Justice faculty members.
  • Assists programs with the assessment and evaluation of data to measure program learning outcomes.
  • Works collaboratively with advising and admissions staff to support and mentor students to ensure their academic goals and program requirements are met.  
  • Continuously searches for new and innovative ways to improve the Criminal Justice program.
  • Supplies the supporting offices with the necessary information for the program’s maintenance and development, such as marketing, admissions, and others.
  • Participates in University governance activities.
  • Assists with resolving grade appeals, grievances, or other administrative matters as warranted.

 ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Other duties as assigned by the Burke Assistant Dean, the Dean, or the Office of Academic Affairs.

 

Applicants should provide a cover letter, resume or CV, and references.

 

Post University requires, as a condition of employment, that all new hires and employees have or obtain the Covid-19 vaccination and booster, and provide proof of same unless an exemption or deferral is approved.

As a member of our Post University team, the individual will share in a 130-year tradition of helping people achieve their personal and professional goals. Located in Waterbury, Connecticut, Post University has a vibrant campus and an excellent online program. The University offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental, 401(k) and tuition benefits.

Interested candidates should forward cover letter, resume, and three references to Post University Associate Experience.

Disclaimer: This opportunity may be withdrawn and/or amended.

POST UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER that employs in compliance with all applicable laws. We do not discriminate because of sex, sexual orientation, age, race, color, religious creed, marital status, national origin, ancestry, disability, handicap or other legally protected status. Equal access to programs, service and employment is available to all persons. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and job interview process should notify the Director of Associate Experience, Post University.

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