Lubbock Christian University

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Functional Title: Faculty, Full-time, Tenure-track
Classification: Exempt
Division: Academics       
College: College of Professional Studies
Department: Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice
Reports To: Program Coordinator of Criminal Justice
Primary Function: Criminal Justice Faculty


Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, tenure-track, nine-month appointment (with potential summer employment)

Criminal Justice Program:

The Criminal Justice program has 60+ majors and offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts in Law Studies, and a minor in Criminal Justice. Graduates are highly recruited by law enforcement and corrections agencies of every size. Graduates who apply to law school have a 100% acceptance rate.


The Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice seeks a highly qualified educator/scholar to contribute to continuing excellence in our undergraduate Criminal Justice and Law Studies programs. A successful applicant would serve as a full-time Criminal Justice faculty member and teach various criminal justice courses beginning in spring, 2022. The successful candidate is expected to teach lower- and upper-division classes in subjects relating to Texas criminal law, the legal aspects of law enforcement, criminal investigation, criminology, white collar crime, understanding sexual offending, the death penalty, cyber-crimes and to continue the development of a criminal investigation laboratory.

An earned doctorate in criminal justice or an earned Juris Doctor (JD) degree is required. Persons with a master’s degree in criminal justice who are committed to pursuing a doctorate may be considered; however, the person will not become tenure-track eligible until completion of the doctorate. Work experience in a criminal justice field and teaching experience at the college level are preferred. All qualified applicants must be professing Christians and be active, faithful members of a congregation of the Churches of Christ and be willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of the university.

Major Responsibilities:

Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and show promise of becoming an exceptional teacher who values mentoring and advising students. A normal teaching load is twelve-hours per semester. Scholarly activity and service are also expected of the successful applicant.

In addition, successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Teach lower and upper division courses in Criminal Justice (in-person and online)
  • Advise and mentor students
  • Assist with department class scheduling
  • Assist with program assessment
  • Assist with curriculum review and integration
  • Work cooperatively with a small, dedicated, and close-knit faculty and staff
  • Possess technology skills necessary to track student attendance and grades and develop creative classroom presentations
  • Possess and exhibit qualities of professionalism, integrity, self-motivation, and a strong desire to guide students for lives of purpose and service
  • Possess the attitudes, and skills necessary for effective teaching

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits available include medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403-B retirement plan with a matching option, and tuition benefits for employees and dependents.

The University:

Lubbock Christian University is a private, masters-level university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1957 and located in Lubbock, Texas, LCU is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. LCU is accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges and is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. Currently, 86 full-time faculty members serve approximately 1660 undergraduate and graduate students on the LCU campus located in west Lubbock.  Lubbock is a vibrant city with a population of about 250,000. Lubbock is the educational, medical, retail and entertainment center of the southern high plains of Texas.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants must complete an application online linked below.

Submit a letter of interest, a current curriculum vita, official transcripts of all university work, and four unique documents detailing the applicant’s: 1) philosophy of the integration of faith and learning, 2) philosophy of teaching, 3) philosophy of scholarly activity, and 4) philosophy of service as email attachments to Dr. Jill Johnson, Search Committee Chair, Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice ( Three letters of recommendation should be sent by references directly to Dr. Johnson. The search begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled or closed. For most favorable consideration, please submit all documents listed above by December 3, 2021. All positions are subject to funding.


Jill Johnson, PhD, LMSW-IPR
Department Chair
Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice