Utah State University

Lecturer or Professional Practice Assistant Professor Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

City Price Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(5/31/2023 6:50 PM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Technology Design & Technical Educ
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


Utah State University (USU) is seeking a dynamic, knowledgeable, and experienced candidate for a faculty position as a Lecturer or Professional Practice Assistant Professor in the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) program at the USU Eastern Campus in Price, Utah. This position is a non-tenure track, academic-year (nine-month) appointment with the possibility of additional compensation for summer months depending on summer work responsibilities, enrollment, and available funding.


Estimated Start date is August 1, 2023.


The primary role assignment is teaching (95%). Within the teaching role, the successful candidate will serve as the director of the Peace Officer Academy and will provide leadership, vision, and management for the Academy, including training, certification, special projects, and support services. The faculty member will provide direction, oversight, and approval for education and training programs and activities, Academy budgets and expenditures, overall operations, reporting systems, facility and resource development, and administrative actions. This position also represents the Academy and USU in various capacities in local, state, regional, national, and international law enforcement arenas. The additional role assignment is service (5%), and the successful candidate will be expected to provide meaningful service to the department, campus, university, the profession, and the community.



The Department of Technology, Design and Technical Education in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences will provide direct oversight for the faculty position and for the Peace Officer Academy operations as part of the technical education certificate offerings in southeastern Utah. The Peace Officer Academy and the faculty member will maintain connection and coordinate with the Criminal Justice program in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Criminal Justice program provides stackable degree opportunities for students completing POST programs.


  • Direct instruction for the Peace Officer Academy at USU Eastern. This includes teaching courses within the faculty member’s area of expertise, hiring and supervising adjunct faculty as needed, scheduling courses and facilities, and obtaining equipment and supplies required for courses.
  • Manage Law Enforcement Academy staffing (faculty and support staff).
  • Secure scheduling of services both inside and outside of the College from public and private sector sources.
  • Coordinate with Utah POST to ensure the USU Eastern Peace Officer Academy is aligned with certification requirements.

Skills and Abilities: 

The successful candidate should have the following skills and abilities:


  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Interpersonal problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Skills in ordering equipment and supplies.


  • Ability to teach in-person and using systems for online university level courses (e.g., Canvas).
  • Ability in hiring practices and personnel supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally, non-verbally, and in writing.
  • Ability to develop and enforce policy and procedures.
  • Ability to develop calendar schedules for academy training.
  • Ability to plan, manage, evaluate, and achieve goals.
  • Ability to assess organization and individual performance.
  • Ability to analyze budgets and approve contracts.



Minimum Qualifications for Lecturer Position:

  • An associate degree in a related discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • Three years of Peace Officer staff level experience or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience related to the summary of duties totaling five years.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Career and Technical Education mission of USU Eastern.
  • Desire to succeed and a willingness to work to become a better instructor.
  • Cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a culturally diverse workforce in a multicultural setting.
  • Dynamic interpersonal skills and a commitment as a team member; ability to foster consensus and collaboration.
  • An ability to set specific program goals and develop related curriculum.
  • An ability to accommodate varying student learning needs through field exercises, labs, hands-on, lecture, self-directed learning, and possibly capstone projects.
  • Current Driver License in good standing.

Minimum Qualifications for Professional Practice Assistant Professor:

  • Lecturer minimum qualifications listed above.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a related discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A seasoned background in law enforcement with supervisory, POST, or academy training or related fields.
  • Current Peace Officer Certification(s).

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume/CV to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile

2) Cover Letter to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of the application

3) Three Professional references with contact information


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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with 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 department of Technology, Design and Technical Education (TDTE) provides instruction to students seeking a certificate, or an associate or baccalaureate degree. These innovative degree programs allow students to gain expertise in the fields such as business, cosmetology, machinery, protective services, transportation, and technology.  TDTE certificates and degrees are available in Logan, Brigham City, Price, Blanding, and Moab. Students are encouraged to enhance their education through hands-on application using specialized classrooms and laboratories throughout the state. Additionally, various industries and communities are served by career and technical (vocational) certifications offered through the Workforce Education division.


The Criminal Justice program in the department of Sociology and Anthropology draws from a wide variety of academic disciplines such as political science, psychology, history, and sociology with faculty members who are former practitioners with experience in the criminal justice system and research-informed academics. This combination of practical experience and academic experience provides students with a well-rounded understanding of the criminal justice system. Criminal Justice faculty are located at various USU campuses throughout the state, including Logan, Price, Blanding, and Tooele. Most Criminal Justice courses are offered both through video broadcast and online, allowing students to take courses at one of USU’s statewide campuses or complete their degree entirely online.


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 hr@usu.edu. 


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. 


* updated 7/2023

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, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, 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:

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