The newly created Institute of Homeland Security, Cybercrime, and International Criminal Justice Studies within the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies at Tarleton State University seeks a dynamic individual to serve as Associate Research Professor/Research Professor in Cyber Crime and/or Predictive Policing.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized research program in the area of Cyber-Crime and/or Predictive Policing or related area(s). In addition, the position should work on collaborative projects with faculty at Tarleton State University and other professionals in the state, nation and internationally that lead to refereed publications and/or funding opportunities.
The goal of this initiative is to hire a nationally prominent researcher to further develop and expand research focused on understanding, detecting and preventing online radicalization and recruitment efforts by groups like ISIL, Boko Haram, and Hezbollah beyond the current research efforts at the Institute of Homeland Security, Cybercrime, and International Criminal Justice Studies at Tarleton State University. This will likely be accomplished through data mining of open and public social media services. The analysis of the data mined is a mixture of various content analysis methods. This type of content analysis important due to the changing meaning and relationships that these groups have in an online environment and could lead to better intelligence as well as interruption of recruitment and radicalization which directly assists the fight against domestic and global terrorism. As the meanings and the relationships those meanings have to the recruitment messages and propaganda become more clear, more direct efforts can be used to help dissuade potential recruits from taking extreme or radical viewpoints.
Tarleton’s Institute of Homeland Security, Cybercrime, and International Criminal Justice Studies will become a national leader in the study of online radicalization and recruitment by international terrorist organizations. Broader impacts from this work include development of new methods of detection of terrorist communication and recruitment strategies, while immediate impacts include placing Tarleton in a position to assist local, state and federal law enforcement and impact local, state, and national efforts on reducing radicalization and terror events. Similar research efforts are currently being conducted by the FBI and NSA as well as research teams like Google’s Jigsaw. Tarleton will be part of this effort and contribute meaningfully to the national and international effort to combat terrorism.
This position will have access to a substantial start-up package to include student research support, doctoral fellowships, development staff, etc.
Applicant evaluations will begin 30 days after posting. Position will remain open until filled. Candidates should complete an application through the on-line system utilized by Tarleton State University: https://jobs.tarleton.edu/).
Males, age 18 through 25, must be properly registered with the Selective Service System to be eligible for hire. This position is designated as a security sensitive position and requires a satisfactory criminal history background check.
Tarleton State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer. As a member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton will provide equal opportunity for employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity through The Texas A&M System.
The candidate is required to have a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in an area of criminal justice, criminology, cyber-security, information systems, information systems security or other closely related field. Demonstrated ability to secure external funding, manage projects and produce appropriate resulting publications. Experience or interest in social media qualitative analysis, counter terrorism, or other related field. Interest or demonstrated success in working with the public and/or private sector to address or prevent cyber threats. Practical and/or academic experience in criminal justice matters. Demonstrated ability to mentor team members, collaborate with peers and communicate with various groups in both written and oral formats.
Incumbent should have the interest and capability to work both independently and as a multidisciplinary team member.
To be considered for the rank of Associate Research Professor the candidate will need at least 7 years of experience in area of specialization. To be considered for the rank of Research Professor the candidate will need at least 12 years of experience in area of specialization.
With its main campus in Stephenville, an hour southwest of Fort Worth, Tarleton State University offers the value of a Texas A&M University System degree with its own brand of personal attention, individual opportunities, history, tradition and community. Tarleton is a vibrant learning community with nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a doctorate in education, within five co...lleges—Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Liberal and Fine Arts, and Science and Technology. Tarleton’s research centers include the renowned Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and the Southwest Regional Dairy Center. Recent additions to the Stephenville campus consist of a state of the art Nursing Building, and a new $25 million living and learning residence hall for 500 students. Tarleton has extended the reach of state-supported, affordable education by expanding online undergraduate and graduate programs with classes in Waco, Midlothian and the Southwest Metroplex Center in Fort Worth. Tarleton offers a traditional, residential college experience with a lively campus atmosphere, intercollegiate athletics, dozens of student organizations and cultural attractions. Students benefit from the personal attention, warmth and faculty interaction found at smaller, liberal arts institutions.
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