Teaching Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Criminal Justice

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Academic Staff (Instructional)
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Teaching Assistant Professor, TL055, 100% annual renewable instructional academic staff position hired on an academic year basis.  Two vacancies. This position operates on a nine-month contract, with winter and summer breaks off.


As the premiere and only four-year Legal Studies and Criminal Justice Program in the Northland region, we are dedicated to preparing students for careers and advanced studies in the areas of law, criminal justice, and beyond. The program recognizes the inherent value of a liberal arts education combined with quality pre-professional and professional education.  Through both applied and theoretical knowledge in Humanities and Social Science, we help our students think critically, communicate clearly, read and understand texts, appreciate multiple perspectives, and recognize their responsibility as public service professionals and citizens of this world.  The program is committed to intentional community engagement and transformative learning experiences with real world application for our students.

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This position is currently ineligible for H1-B sponsorship. A qualification for this position includes independent eligibility to work within the United States upon hire date.


  • Juris Doctorate (JD) completed by December 2024
  • Higher education teaching experience
  • Experience teaching or learning in an online environment
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity


  • Professional practice experience in justice settings such as courts, courtroom work, processes and/or research.
  • Willingness to engage in community partnerships and demonstrated connections to potential law or criminal justice regional partners.
  • Experience with and willingness to teach using traditional pre-law pedagogical methods including Issue, Rule, Application and Conclusion (IRAC).
  • Experience with legal databases such as Westlaw
  • Experience teaching in online and hybrid modalities
  • Experience drafting legal documents.
  • Knowledge and experience of legal research processes
  • Ability to model and teach both hard and soft skills for successful legal careers.
  • Experience with legal procedures and practices


August 2024


For additional information about UW-Superior, visit www.uwsuper.edu.

For additional information about this position, contact Kennedy Fenster at kfenster@uwsuper.edu.

Salary range for this position is: $52,000 – $59,000 annually.  Specific benefit information can be found here. A snap-shot of benefits offered for this position include:

Paid Time Off Per Year:

  • 96 hours of Sick Leave
  • Legal holidays that fall within the academic year

State Group Health Insurance Plans:

  • Health Plan, High Deductible, or Access Plans available
  • Flexible Spending or Health Savings Accounts

Access to Additional Insurance:

  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life
  • Income Continuation

Retirement Plans Through Wisconsin Retirement System:

  • 6.80% contribution with employer match
  • Vested at 5 years (must meet eligibility requirements)

Other Benefits


Review of all complete applications will commence 4:30 PM on January 10, 2024. In the event this search is extended for any reason, applications submitted after this date will be considered. Once an applicant applies, profile information remains in UW-Superior’s Talent Management System for future submissions.

If you are not currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System, you may apply online through this portal. If you are a current employee of the University of Wisconsin System, you may apply through our HRS System. Please include the following information in your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees
  4. Detailed statement of teaching philosophy, including a reflection on recent teaching evaluations – 2 page maximum
  5. The names and contact information of only three (3) professional references with telephone numbers and email addresses who can speak to your credentials and relevant experience.
  6. Teaching evaluations from the 2 most recent terms, for courses/labs in which you were instructor or TA.  Evaluations may take the form of student evaluations, formal feedback from an instructional supervisor or peer observation.

Internal applicants: select the internal applicant link. Registration for account not required.

External applicants: select the external applicant link and register for an account:

How to Register for a UW-Careers Account:

  1. To register for a UW-Careers account, click on the Click Here to Register link to create your user name and password.
  2. Search for the #24-37: Teaching Assistant Professor of Legal Studies & Criminal Justice – HBJD position and click on the Apply Now button to submit a resume.
    • At this time, you will be asked to complete your profile. Please select Save to continue the application process.
  3. To submit your letter of application, unofficial transcripts, etc., you must add the document as an attachment by clicking on the Add Attachment link below the Cover Letters and Attachments box.
  4. Clicking on the Next link, please complete the required Online Questionnaire.
  5. After the Online Questionnaire has been completed, click Next again to provide contact information for three professional references, if required, in the References section by selecting the Add Reference link.
  6. Once reference information has been listed, click on Next to complete the How did you find out about the position? section of the application process.
  7. Once you have completed all sections, click on the Save button and then Submit button to submit your materials.

At any time you may select the Save button to save your progress. When you have submitted your application, ability to change materials submitted will not be available.

UW-Superior: A Special Place:

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is Wisconsin’s public liberal arts college. Established in 1893 with a mission to train teachers, it later became a part of the University of Wisconsin-System, and in 1998 was designated as Wisconsin’s Public Liberal Arts College by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. The University serves 2,500 traditional and non-traditional students and is dedicated to the integration of liberal and professional studies and to serving a diverse student population.

UW-Superior maintains its foundational teacher education college values through its emphasis on excellence in teaching, as well as service to the community and region. Its core mission is student-centered. The institution fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention, embodies respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices, and engages the community and region. The richness of its programs creates a personalized educational environment that integrates theory and practice, liberal and professional education, teaching, scholarship, and creativity. The University has a significant investment in and commitment to campus-wide Liberal Arts High Impact Practices (HIPs) that includes a First Year Experience, Academic Service Learning, Global Awareness, Writing Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research Scholarly and Creative Activity, and a Senior Year Experience.

At UW-Superior, we promote the values of academic excellence, integrity, and community within a collegial environment. At the core of our values is the appreciation for, and examination of, diversity, inclusivity, and equity. UW-Superior offers day, evening, weekend, and distance learning classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The University reserves the right to check additional references with notice given to the candidates at the appropriate time in the process.

Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

Employment will also require a sexual harassment reference check. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

For UW-Superior campus safety information and crime statistics/Annual Security Report, see https://www.uwsuper.edu/student-life/safety-and-security or contact the University Police Department at (715) 394-8114 for a printed copy.

UW-Superior is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing equity, diversity and inclusivity.

UW-Superior is committed to making excellence inclusive in every aspect of the institution. Diversity, inclusion and equity are prioritized learning resources for all community members. We strive to offer quality programs in an environment of trust and cooperation that centers on the worth of all individuals. The University is seeking candidates who will contribute to the achievement of this goal.