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Assistant Professor - Legal Studies (College of Community and Public Service)

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Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: College of Community & Public Service

Summary: School of Criminal Justice (College of Community and Public Service) Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is currently accepting applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty position in the Legal Studies Program in the School of Criminal Justice. The School of Criminal Justice has a total of over 650 Criminal Justice and Legal Studies undergraduate majors, a graduate program, and an accredited police academy. The Legal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association and is known for community engagement and its success in preparing students for legal careers. Summer teaching opportunities may also be available.

Required Qualifications: 

  • A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Professional experience in civil law
  • Experience working with paralegals
  • Ability to engage in scholarship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching in the field of law
  • Knowledge or practice experience related to the courses in the Legal Studies curriculum.
  • A current license to practice law

Responsibilities: Teach a variety of law-related courses at the undergraduate level and engage in scholarship and service as provided in the GVSU Faculty Handbook.

Salary: Salary is competitive with excellent fringe benefits (

Department/Division: Legal Studies Program in the School of Criminal Justice. For more information on the Legal Studies Program visit (

How to Apply: Apply online at Include a cover letter, CV/resume, a list of at least three references, an example of recent scholarly and/or professional written work, and graduate transcripts. The online system will allow you to attach electronic copies of these documents. Finalists will be expected to provide three letters of reference. Questions regarding the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Ruth S. Stevens, J.D., or 616 331-7173. If you need assistance or have questions about the online application process, call Human Resources at (616) 331-2215.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2019. Interviews will be conducted in February or later for a position to start August 6, 2019.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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