Director and Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Florida Atlantic University

Director and Professor
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Florida Atlantic University | Boca Raton Campus

The Florida Atlantic University (FAU) School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) invites applications for the position of School Director. The Director is appointed by the Dean of the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice and is responsible for establishing the academic priorities and setting intellectual standards for the SCCJ. The Director will be visionary and aspirational about the School’s future, cultivating and enhancing the scholarly excellence of the SCCJ. Additionally, they will oversee all the SCCJ’s programs, maintain and expand community partnerships, promote discipline engagement, and work in collaboration with faculty. Research and teaching areas of specialization are open. This position is a full-time, 12-month appointment and may include other duties, including campus activities, as assigned. A current rank of Professor is preferred. The position begins July 1, 2024 on the Boca Raton campus.


FAU is a Carnegie doctorate-granting university (RU/high research activity) with over 30,000 students and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2021, FAU ranked No. 31 in “The 50 Top Ethnically Diverse Colleges in America” by Best College Reviews. FAU’s strategic plan prioritizes healthy aging, neuroscience, environmental science, and sensing and smart systems. These priorities are supported by faculty research in areas that also address diversity, leadership, global perspectives and participation, community engagement, undergraduate research, big data analytics, healthy and sustainable campus environments, and peace, justice, and human rights. Within each of the priorities, FAU is committed to the principles of engaged research, teaching, and service.

The College of Social Work and Criminal Justice is a partnership between the SCCJ and the Sandler School of Social Work. Our intention is to reimagine our professions, promote multidisciplinary education and research, address a wider spectrum of societal needs, and champion systemic change through scholarship, teaching, and service. We strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates whose innovative work strives to serve the public good, inside and outside of the University.

The SCCJ is committed to creating an accessible, supportive working environment and welcomes colleagues who recognize diversity and cultural competence as integral components of academic excellence. Our School offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree, a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree, and a 5-year combined BA/MS degree program in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The SCCJ is also home to the paralegal and legal nurse consulting certificate programs. The undergraduate degree program is the third largest program, by enrollment, at FAU and our programs offer a culturally rich educational environment through a host of diverse delivery methods, including face-to-face, online, and hybrid/blended formats. School initiatives include a decision-making simulation lab, community engaged research, study abroad, high school summer camps, a fully online undergraduate degree program, research colloquia, and research partnerships with the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. The SCCJ is comprised of fourteen tenure-track/tenured faculty and five full-time instructors, along with adjunct instructors, and a program assistant.


A Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice or allied field is required. A Juris Doctorate alone is not sufficient. Candidates will have extensive academic experience with an exemplary record of scholarship, teaching, and service. Only candidates who meet the specified criteria will be contacted. The primary responsibilities of the Director include providing administrative and intellectual leadership, oversight of the School’s academic programs and budgets, and support for faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience promoting a climate of collaboration, transparency, and shared governance. Qualified applicants will have academic leadership experience, which may include a record of success in sponsored research, and the ability to effectively communicate within the School, College, University, and broader community. We welcome applications from those with experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple and diverse communities, and who have demonstrated experience fostering multidisciplinary collaborations while cultivating a supportive and inclusive work environment. Additionally, an ambitious approach to enhancing school programming and resources, establishing partnerships with donors and other external organizations, being a visible and active representative of our School and College in South Florida and beyond, and mentoring junior and mid-career faculty is expected.


All applicants must apply electronically to the posted position on the Office of Human Resources’ job website ( by completing the required employment application for this recruitment (REQ14796) and submitting the related documents. When completing the online application, please upload all required documentation noted here: a curriculum vita, an educational leadership statement, names and contact info for three professional references, and a cover letter that describes: specific interest in the position; knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position; educational leadership philosophy statement; experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; previous success generating financial and other new resources for an academic unit; and scholarly activities.  Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2024.

Transcripts will be requested from applicants who are selected for interviews. Degrees from outside the United States must be validated by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts). The evaluation should be scanned and electronically attached to the application. An unofficial transcript may be used during the hiring process to assure that the prospective faculty member is properly credentialed for university level teaching in area(s) of expertise and other relevant courses. An official transcript sent directly from the institution is required for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of employment. Similarly, for degrees from outside the United States, the evaluation by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts) is required for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of class. A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position.

FAU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans’ status or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-6057, TTY/TDD 1-800-955-8771.

For additional information on our School and/or faculty, please visit our web page ( Questions about the positions should be directed to the Search Committee Co-Chairs: Dr. Seth Fallik ( and Dr. Adam Dobrin (

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