Chairperson - Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Sociology

Associate Professor or Professor - Tenured
Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Sociology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Fulfill department administrative duties on a 12-month contract, 6-credit hours of instruction per semester; or equivalent reassigned time as appropriate to be approved by the Provost
  • Provide dynamic collegial leadership for faculty on the main campus, regional sites, and in online programs
  • Provide assistance with accreditation requirements, data collection, policies and procedures
  • Support academic planning of the department for academic programs
  • Execute budget planning and oversight for the department
  • Coordinate curriculum planning, development, practices and procedures
  • Provide supervision and/or evaluation practices commensurate with common collegial practices  
  • Support student recruitment and retention initiatives
  • Support the facilitation of faculty research productivity
  • Coordinate efforts to engage university and community stakeholders
  • Provide leadership for addressing faculty-student conflicts

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Sociology, or closely related field (Degree must be from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university.)
  • Demonstrated record of leadership experience in an academic setting, such as chairing a department/program (full-time, part-time, or interim), chairing college or university level committees, serving as an officer of a professional society, etc.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service sufficient to merit rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure
  • Demonstrated experience or knowledge of distance learning modalities
  • Demonstrated strong written, oral communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of faculty morale and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration, partnerships, and collegiality with a variety of stakeholders including the internal university community
  • Demonstrated ability to champion the wide range of disciplines within the department, including criminal justice, social work, and sociology
  • Evidence of familiarity with accreditation process
  • Evidence of familiarity with budget/asset allocation in a leadership/director role
  • Demonstrated commitment to a diverse work environment, including working with multicultural populations and an understanding of, and sensitivity to, issues affecting women and minorities 

Southeast Missouri State Univesity is interested in recruiting academic leaders with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education grounded in the teacher-scholar model.  Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to facilitate the development of innovative curricula and delivery strategies, including traditional, blended and online formats, and initiatives promoting student success, retention and degree completion.

Application Deadline:

The position is available July 2023 and will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 3, 2023.

Required Information: To apply, submit the following items online by clicking on the position you wish to apply for at the below link, then click on the APPLY button at the top of the page:

  • Letter of interest addressing position required qualifications
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Administrative philosophy statement
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts (official transcripts are required when offer of employment is accepted)
  • Name and contact information of three professional references

Department Information:

The Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Sociology has 14 full-time faculty and approximately 350 undergraduate and 20 graduate students in a growing online program. The department is pleased to serve first-generation and diverse students from urban and rural locations. Students are involved in organizations such as Alpha Phi Sigma, Criminal Justice Association, Phi Alpha Honor Society and Student Social Work Organization. Course modalities range from traditional face-to-face classes to online and Zoom-based courses at our regional campuses. Degree programs range from in-person to online, with fully online criminal justice undergraduate and graduate programs. The social work program is CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accredited with a robust dedication to serving the rural environment. Information regarding the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Sociology may be found at: