Instructor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, US


The Florida Atlantic University (FAU) School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) invites applications from outstanding candidates for a non-tenure track, full-time Instructor position with expertise in crime analysis, forensics, and the criminal justice system. The position begins August 2023 on our Boca Raton campus. We welcome applications from those with experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, and who cultivate a supportive and inclusive learning environment. Applicants are encouraged to address how their instructional experience aligns with, and could enhance, the SCCJ curriculum.

FAU is a Carnegie doctorate-granting university (RU/high research activity) with over 30,000 students and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. FAU’s strategic plan focuses on healthy aging, neuroscience, environmental science, and sensing and smart systems and is supported by scholarly activities that address diversity, leadership, global perspectives and participation, community engagement, undergraduate research, big data analytics, healthy and sustainable campus environments, and peace, justice, and human rights.

The College of Social Work and Criminal Justice is a partnership between the SCCJ and the Sandler School of Social Work that enables us to reimagine our professions, address a wider spectrum of societal needs, and champion systemic change through teaching, research, scholarship, and service. We strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates who will enrich the experience of students, the faculty, and the wider university community. The SCCJ has a culturally rich educational environment and is the third largest undergraduate degree program by enrollment at FAU. We offer a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

The SCCJ offers its courses through diverse delivery methods including face to face, online, and hybrid/blended formats and the successful candidate must be prepared to teach across multiple modalities. School initiatives include a decision-making simulation lab, community engaged research, study abroad, high school summer camps, virtual forensic camps, a fully online undergraduate degree program, research colloquia, and research partnerships with the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Our School is committed to creating an accessible, supportive working environment and welcomes colleagues who recognize diversity and cultural competence as integral components of academic excellence.


A Master’s degree from an accredited institution in criminology, criminal justice, forensic science, or an allied field (e.g., chemistry) is required. Exceptional candidates will hold a Ph.D., and/or will have experience delivering high quality courses across modalities (in-person, hybrid, and online courses).


Commensurate with experience.

How to apply

This is a full-time, 12-month position. Instructors typically teach a 4-4 course load (or equivalent in instructional-related activities) for each Fall and Spring semester and a two course load (or equivalent in instructional-related activities) for the summer. The Instructor will be based on our Boca Raton campus, asked to teach courses that meet the needs of our School, and expand upon the offerings we currently provide (e.g. development of academic certificates, specialization/tracks, etc.).

Application letters should describe the interest in the position and demonstrate potential for the following skills and abilities: delivering online lessons to undergraduate students; embracing Quality Matters Standards; experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; evaluating and grading student assignments, discussions, and assessments within a reasonable timeframe; providing timely and effective feedback to guide student learning and success; complying with FAU guidelines and expectations for quality faculty engagement online; participating in professional development to enhance teaching skills; maintaining 'discipline' knowledge by participating in one's own discipline-related professional communities; and supporting the School and College’s initiatives and departments. Other duties, including on campus activities, as assigned. A vita and the names and contact information for three references should be included. All application materials must be submitted online at under REQ14803. Review of applications will begin January 9, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

FAU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans’ status or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-6057, TTY/TDD 1-800-955-8771. A background check will be required for the selected candidate. All applicants must complete the Faculty, Administrative, Managerial & Professional Position Application available on-line through the Office of Human Resources:

An official transcript sent directly from the institution is required for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of employment. Degrees from outside the United States must be validated by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts). The evaluation should be scanned and electronically attached to the application. An unofficial transcript may be used during the hiring process to assure that the prospective faculty member may be credentialed for the courses they are expected to teach. Similarly, for degrees from outside the United States, the evaluation by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts) is required for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of class.

For additional information on our program and faculty, please visit our departmental web page at Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Lisa Dario,