The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a Professional Practice Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the Logan, Utah main campus. This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track position with a start date of August, 2024. We particularly seek applications from individuals with criminal justice teaching experience at the university level and experience working in law enforcement.


The position has a role assignment of 55% teaching, 35% administration, and 10% service. The successful candidate will be responsible for working with law enforcement and corrections stakeholders in Utah. Specifically, the successful candidate will work with those stakeholders to determine the educational needs of law enforcement and corrections personnel in Utah, work with faculty in the Criminal Justice program at USU to design curriculum to address those needs, and recruit law enforcement and corrections personnel to USU to further their education.  Additional responsibilities include:

  • Teaching lower and upper-division courses in the criminal justice program
  • Work with law enforcement agencies in Utah to determine the educational needs of officers and develop a pathway to the USU Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree for current law enforcement officers
  • Develop a marketing strategy to recruit current law enforcement officers into the USU Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree
  • Advise and mentor students who enroll at USU and pursue their Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree
  • Providing service to the department, the university, and the profession
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • MA/MS in criminal justice/criminology or a closely related social science discipline at the time of appointment
  • Experience working in law enforcement.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in criminal justice/criminology or a closely related social science discipline at the time of appointment
  • Experience working in law enforcement administration
  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses in criminal justice
  • Marketing experience

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
2. Names and contact information of three professional references to be entered into your Candidate Profile
3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.

College/Department Highlights

The Criminal Justice program offers a bachelor’s degree in a dynamic interdisciplinary department that includes Sociology and Anthropology. The program began offering a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2024 to meet to growing demand in Utah for skilled criminal justice professionals. The program partners closely with the USU Department of Social Work to provide cross-training in applied criminal justice and social work methods. The Criminal Justice program is in the USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which offers a diverse array of technical training with a focused in community engaged methods intended to meet the workforce needs of Utah’s students and citizens.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.

As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.

Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU.

The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or [email protected].

About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, [email protected], Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, [email protected], Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, [email protected]