Department Chair / Associate Professor or Professor - School of Criminal Justice

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Work type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Faculty

Position Title: Department Chair / Associate Professor or Professor - School of Criminal Justice  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

34800 - Criminal Justice

Advertised Salary:

$92,000 - $97,000 - salary commensurate with education, experiences and other requirement. $7,500 will be added to the base for the additional work expectations of Chair, +35% of base for summer work.  This is a 12-month, 3- year assignment. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)

FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: Ferris Faculty Association (MEA-NEA)  
Term of Position: 9 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: Ferris State University seeks well qualified and experienced applicants for a full-time Department Chair and faculty member for the School of Criminal Justice. Now in the school's 50th year, the Criminal Justice program at Ferris State has a long history of successfully preparing graduates for careers in law enforcement, correctional, and the criminal justice system.

The Department Chair will function as the leader and voice for the School of Criminal Justice and manage the activities of the department, subject to the approval of the Dean. The Chair is responsible to the Dean for the development of department plans, guidelines and internal office operation; directs the department's administrative organization and may delegate authority and assign responsibility in accordance with departmental policies and procedures. The Chair also represents the academic discipline both on and off campus either personally or by designation of department representatives. The Department Chair is responsible for recommending to the Dean such matters as personnel evaluation, curricular changes, course offerings, teaching assignments, the department budget, and other related responsibilities.

Anticipated start date for this position is January of 2024. However, this is an estimated date and can be revised as needed.
Position Type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing  
Required Education: Terminal degree in Criminal Justice or related discipline.  
Required Work Experience: Must be tenured in current department / school at an accredited university.  
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Pulling/Pushing
  • Repetitive Movement
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Leadership experience (e.g., budgetary, personnel management) in higher education.

Work experience in a criminal justice field (e.g., law enforcement, corrections).
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Chairs receive release time but are required to teach one (1) course per semester.

Departmental Representative
• Advocate on behalf of departmental interests/needs within the COB and the University
• Represent departmental perspective in University Annual Planning process
• Function as active initiator (timing, membership, etc.) and departmental representative in external functions (e.g., advisory boards, recruiting) related to department and its programs
• Seek/secure resources necessary to support departmental efforts
• Ensure departmental consistency with accreditation standards/expectations
• Advocate and promote the programmatic options within the school towards student recruitment and retention, and work with faculty to further these initiatives

Instructor Evaluation and Development
• Conduct hiring of permanent faculty consistent with departmental procedures (FFA 7.6.A/B)
• Effect hiring of qualified part-time faculty as necessary to fulfill departmental commitments.
• Coordinate evaluation of part-time faculty teaching effectiveness
• Perform annual evaluation of non-tenured faculty for reappointment/non-reappointment (FFA 3.4.G)
• Perform annual evaluation for tenure recommendations (FFA 3.5.F)
• Conduct faculty post-tenure reviews (FFA 7.8.A)
• Function as the first step in Faculty Grievance process (FFA 9.3.A/B)
• Consult with faculty members developing sabbatical proposals (FFA 10.4.E)
• Maintain dynamic staffing plan, matching anticipated departures/hires and programmatic needs to ensure appropriate and timely curricular coverage.
• Foster faculty involvement in scholarly activity and professional development in support of effective teaching. Evaluate efficacy of faculty efforts.

Programmatic Development and Positioning
• Involve Faculty in assessment of new/revised courses/curriculum (FFA 7.5.A.1/2)
• Involve Faculty in development of course scheduling/assignments (FFA 7.5.A.3 / 7.7)
• Ensure consistency of course offerings across sections/locations/delivery modes
• Foster dynamic programmatic assessment to align needs/expectations of students/parents/workplace with programmatic offerings
• Monitor effectiveness/appropriateness of departmental offerings across sites
• Identify/maintain/communicate programmatic competitive advantages
• Monitor and assess programmatic production measures (e.g., enrollment, graduates, etc.)
• Foster development and assessment of measurable outcomes for programs (including process for action predicated on findings).
• Foster/assist programs in conduct of academic program reviews

Student Support
• Promote/oversee student internships as an integral element of program offerings
• Provide oversight of the student advising process in department. Foster development and application of effective faculty advising skills, consistent with the expectations of the tenure and post-tenure review processes.
• Function as administrative stage for expression of student issues/concerns/queries, etc.
• Maintain sensitivity/perspective re: student/instructor issues through classroom involvement

The Department Chair is responsible for recommending to the Dean such matters as personnel evaluation and discipline, curricular changes, course offerings, teaching assignments, the department budget and other related responsibilities.

Faculty members also have professional responsibilities which may include advising students, orientation and registration of students, participation in University committees, keeping regular posted office hours (which are scheduled at times convenient for students), and participation in traditional functions which have academic significance (ex. reporting initial student participation data and submitting final grades on time). Faculty members may be required to teach off-campus or in an on-line environment.

Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Any other duties assigned within position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: The candidate should demonstrate potential for effective, innovative instruction, communicate effectively, and show evidence of continuing scholarly growth.

Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
  • Unofficial Transcript 2
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Master's degree in Criminal Justice or related discipline.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.

Unofficial Transcript 2 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Terminal degree in Criminal Justice or a related discipline

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
Initial Application Review Date:
October 6th, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: True  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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