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Instructor or Lecturer, Criminal Justice

Job Description

Unleash Your Potential With Us

As a next-generation public research institution, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you become an integral part of our mission to become a university for the future. You’ll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with uniquely talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges and multiple campuses and regional locations. That means greater challenges to tackle, more meaningful opportunities to grow, and rewarding experiences that go beyond a paycheck.

The UCF Department of Criminal Justice provides excellence in teaching, research, and service with 34 full-time faculty members and an impressive student body made up of approximately 1,700 undergraduates, 300 master’s degree students, and 15 doctoral students. Faculty members are dedicated to our students and deliver outstanding undergraduate and graduate instruction while combining learning, service, and inquiry. The department also conducts quality research within our discipline. By actively developing meaningful partnerships, we provide exemplary service to the university as well as the broader professional and academic communities. For more information about the Department of Criminal Justice and its programs, visit .

The Opportunity

The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a 9-month, non-tenure earning, instructor or lecturer position, anticipated to begin Spring 2023.

The selected candidate will contribute to the Department of Criminal Justice mission by teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses, contributing to the department initiatives, serving the department, discipline, community, and/or university, and helping to build programs through advising, mentoring, and community engagement. The teaching load is four courses per semester. The position will be located at the UCF Main Campus.

Minimum Qualifications:

By time of appointment, the successful selected candidate must hold a master's degree (for an instructor) or Ph.D. (for a lecturer) in Criminal Justice or Criminology or a related field from an accredited institution. Candidates who are ABD will be considered for the rank of lecturer. A Juris Doctor is not considered an appropriate degree for this position.

The selected candidate must also have a record of effective teaching in face-to-face and/or web-based formats.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with the ability to teach multiple courses within the graduate and/or undergraduate criminal justice core requirements.

Experience in successfully teaching upper-division undergraduate courses in Criminal Justice.

Experience in successfully teaching graduate courses in Criminal Justice.

Additional preferences include excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work with a diverse range of students, a strong command of public speaking experience teaching large classes and utilizing various modalities.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website,  In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and a list with contact information for three (3) professional references.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.  

Questions regarding this search may be directed to:  Matthew Matusiak, Associate Professor, at

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website ( )

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger , and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


College of Community Innovation and Education (CCIE) - Criminal Justice

Work Schedule

Monday to Friday; 8:00 - 5:00 depending on instructional schedule and office hours.

Type of Appointment


Expected Salary


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at  http//

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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