Assistant or Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

The University of Pikeville is seeking applicants for a full-time, nine-month faculty appointment in the fields of criminal justice and sociology starting August 2022.  Rank and salary will be based on qualifications.  Applicants must have a strong commitment to teaching in a small university setting and the ability to work effectively with others in a collegial environment dedicated to student learning.  

The ideal applicant will be a broadly trained criminologist who is prepared to teach a range of courses in criminal justice and sociology with specializations in corrections, social justice issues, and/or medical sociology. In addition to introductory level courses, the successful candidate will have the ability to teach courses based on their interests and specialization, complementing the programs’ existing strengths. The position also requires advising undergraduate students, providing service to the university and community, assisting with departmental activities, and continuing professional growth and development.  

Candidates with a Ph.D. in Criminology or Sociology are preferred but candidates with a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with graduate courses and/or teaching experience in sociology will be considered. Applicants with ABD status and within one year of completion will also be considered. The J.D. degree alone is not sufficient for this position. Professional experience, including experience in the correctional or judicial systems, and experience in developing and maintaining community partnerships is desired but not required and should be addressed in the cover letter. 

The University of Pikeville is a private, liberal arts university located in Pikeville, Kentucky with a student population (undergraduate and graduate) of approximately 2,500 students and a student to faculty ratio of 14:1.


  1. Create and maintain an environment that is conducive to innovative teaching and active learning.
  2. Emphasize broadly trained skills and a strong passion for excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship.
  3. Develop, communicate, and fulfill effective course learning outcomes.
  4. Teach courses utilizing no-cost course materials and Open Educational Resources (OERs).
  5. Compose and publish syllabi containing the items listed in the approved syllabus rubric.
  6. Teaching courses for both majors and non-majors.
  7. Advising students, providing service to the University community, assisting with divisional activities, and continuing scholarly growth and development.
  8. Ability to instruct classes using face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online modalities.
  9. Establish mutual respect with students through effective and timely communication including expectations, deadlines, and feedback on work completed.
  10. Maintain good working relationships with faculty and administration in all academic and non-academic sectors.
  11. Communicate effectively with constituents within the University, surrounding community, and State regarding the University.
  12. Utilize the Learning Management System (LMS) to support classroom instruction.

Relationships: Position requires daily contact with co-workers, supervisor, students, faculty, and staff in order to disseminate necessary information and coordinate for daily operations. These relationships are maintained through person-to-person contact, phone, e-mail, and fax.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long-term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b)-retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, and dependent care accounts.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please, specifically address the qualifications in your resume and application materials. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students.

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, copies of their transcripts, a teaching philosophy statement, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

Date Posted: 12/09/2021
Department: Criminal Justice
Employment Type: Full-Time (40 hours)
Position Type: Faculty
We are no longer taking applications for this position.