Program Director of Criminal Justice
Job Details
Regis College Campus - Weston, MA
Full Time



The Humanities Department in the School of Arts and Sciences at Regis College is inviting applications for the role of Program Director in the Criminal Justice undergraduate program and Pre-Law Advisor housed within the Department. The position is full-time, and will be hired as a term-track faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor. As Program Director, this position reports to the Dean; Pre-Law Advising falls under Academic Affairs.


This hire is part of the School of Arts and Sciences cluster hire initiative in "Social Justice and Education." An ideal candidate would be able to start in September, 2022 with onboarding throughout August.


The cluster hire is part of an intended multi-year phased hiring plan within the School of Arts and Sciences. We seek to build a cohort of teaching scholars who are committed to teaching diverse undergraduate students across a range of majors and the undergraduate core curriculum through their respective fields of specialization. Faculty will be expected to use high impact teaching practices; diverse, equitable, and inclusive pedagogical practices; and engage with questions of social justice in their work. This cluster hire initiative contributes to the goals of President Hays' " Commitment to do Better," which (among other goals) aims to increase the diversity of its faculty and staff, and the diversity and inclusion of its academic curriculum. In this particular position, we seek candidates who are prepared to engage in the classroom with intersections of criminal justice and social justice.


The Humanities Department is a multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative department that houses programs in Criminal Justice, Humanities, and English. The department also includes faculty in the following disciplines: Political Science, History, Philosophy, Religion, Music, and Fine Arts. Faculty not only support their own majors, minors, and advisees within the department, but also teach non-majors who must complete undergraduate core requirements in a range of areas. It is expected that anyone hired for the position of Program Director of Criminal Justice would collaborate within the department and across academic departments and programs.


The Criminal Justice Program is a growing major at Regis. Students often double-major in Criminal Justice and Cybersecurity. The Pre-Law Advising Program is open to any undergraduate student interested in pursuing legal studies; it primarily involves recruiting, tracking, and providing specialized academic and career advising. The area of concentration for this position is open, but the successful candidate will be expected to teach core courses in the discipline of Criminal Justice, covering topics such as correctional systems, criminology, criminal procedure,  law enforcement/police operations, and the social and systemic mechanisms that underpin criminal justice as a whole.


We seek diverse candidates with accomplishments and experience in teaching courses in Criminal Justice to diverse populations of undergraduate students using high impact practices and innovative pedagogy. We are particularly looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse community of students and faculty and who share our vision of helping students reach their full potential through excellence in teaching and in developing innovative curriculum and research experiences for undergraduate students. Anyone hired for this position should be able to place the history and practice of Criminal Justice within broader conversations concerning diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. 


As part of the cluster hire in "Social Justice and Education," it is expected that someone hired for this position will actively engage in work related to curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and service in explicit support of the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of Regis College. Ideal candidates will perform multidisciplinary research that help to engage undergraduate students in that work within the broader context of social justice conversations. 


Essential Functions 


  • Provide academic and administrative leadership for the Criminal Justice Program. 
  • Ensure the curriculum of the Criminal Justice Program meets the needs of diverse students and the workforce through an active process of formative and summative academic assessment at the course and programmatic levels using diversity, equity, and inclusion as key components for those assessments. 
  • Advise, mentor, and support students interested in Pre-Law.
  • Ensure that the Criminal Justice program, through its curriculum and co-curricular activities, actively engages with social justice issues. 
  • Primarily teach undergraduate Criminal Justice courses in a range of modalities (in-person, online, hybrid) using high impact teaching practices and innovative pedagogy. 
  • In collaboration with Admissions, actively recruit a diverse body of undergraduate students to the program. 
  • In collaboration with the Center for Internships and Career Placement, assist in placing students in internships related to Criminal Justice and/or Pre-Law. 
  • Engage with building industry partnerships to help secure undergraduate internships and other opportunities for programmatic growth. 
  • Advise and retain majors throughout all four years of the Criminal Justice program. 
  • In collaboration with the Department Chair and academic School Dean, manage course scheduling and faculty staffing for courses in the program. 
  • Actively collaborate within the Humanities department as well as across academic departments and programs to identify barriers to student success, and then constructively address those barriers. 
  • Collaborate with other faculty hired as part of the "Social Justice and Education" cluster to build capacity within the School of Arts and Sciences to sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. 
  • Engage in scholarly activity appropriate to the discipline such as publishing; presenting at national, regional, and local conferences; conducting research and/or grant writing and related activities. 
  • Engage and participate in professional development initiatives to enhance instructional strategies.
  • Fulfill all roles and responsibilities associated with a faculty appointment, including teaching, scholarship, and service to the Department, Programs, School, and Institution. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 



  • Minimum requirement: earned JD or PhD in Criminal Justice, Criminology, or a related field (such as Restorative Justice). ABD candidates may apply but the doctorate must be completed by the start date. Candidates holding a JD only will not be considered.
  • Demonstrated background in undergraduate academic advising with an emphasis on pre-law.
  • Ability to place the history and practice of the field within broader conversations concerning diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. 
  • Demonstrated evidence of at least three years prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level with expertise in high impact teaching practices. 
  • 2-4 years field experience working within the court system or relevant criminal justice fields is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated evidence of online teaching.
  • Demonstrated evidence of course and program development experience. 
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues. 
  • Demonstrated familiarity with academic assessment, particularly at the program level. 
  • Familiarity with the learning management system Moodle is preferred but not required. 
  • Commitment to creating an inclusive classroom learning environment in keeping with the University's commitment to inclusive excellence in a diverse educational community. 


Working Conditions/Physical Demands 


  • Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in noise, odors, etc. 
  • May spend extended periods at terminal, on telephone, or operating other office machines requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity. 


Application Instructions 


  • When completing the online application, please provide a letter of interest (no more than 3 pages) that: addresses the full scope of the position, inclusive of teaching, program administration, and advising; incorporates a statement of your teaching philosophy; provides evidence of high-impact teaching practices; and discusses how you see yourself in the roles of program director, pre-law advisor, and educator, and through your teaching, research, and service, as contributing to Regis's stated goal of diversity, equity, and inclusion on its campus. 



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. 



Protecting the Regis Community 

At Regis the safety of our campus community is our highest priority. We invite all applicants to review our health and safety protocols at our COVID-19 Updates page. The most powerful measure we can take is vaccination, and all campus community members must be fully vaccinated and have received a booster against COVID-19, with the exception of certain medical and religious exemptions. New employees without an approved medical or religious exemption are required to have their first vaccine dose by their date of hire. And all new employees will join the campus community in using the CoVerified app to upload vaccine information, report symptoms, and schedule regular campus COVID tests. We're in this together! 


External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis. 


In employment, as in education, Regis College is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action. Regis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, pregnancy, veteran's status, membership in uniformed services or any other protected status. 

In employment, as in education, Regis College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 


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