Director of Forensic Sciences Master’s Program

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Director of Forensic Sciences Master’s Program

  • Institution: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Institution Type: Four-Year/Advanced Degree (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
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Director of Forensic Sciences Master’s Program

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville | Edwardsville, Illinois
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: June 30, 2023
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Job TitleDirector of Forensic Sciences Master’s Program

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Administrator

Salary Range $ 125,000-137,000

Location Edwardsville, Illinois

Application Deadline -

Contact Information

Contact Name Chair, Director of Forensic Science Search Committee

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Job Description

POSITION TITLE: Director of Forensic Sciences Master’s Program/Associate or Full Professor

HIRING UNIT:    College of Arts & Sciences

TITLE/RANK:  Associate or Full Professor


Director of Forensic Sciences Master’s Program:  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is establishing an interdisciplinary Forensic Sciences master’s degree program with plans to obtain FEPAC accreditation.  The program will be housed in the College of Arts and Sciences with core participating faculty from the departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Criminal Justice Studies.
We are seeking an experienced and motivated director who will provide leadership in establishing the program, prepare for and oversee the accreditation process, manage curriculum and resources, recruit and hire part-time lecturers to teach courses, pursue the University’s goals in anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and work collaboratively with external and internal stakeholders. The program director shall be a full-time, tenured-eligible faculty member, appropriately qualified to meet the program’s stated mission, goals, and objectives. They will also provide leadership in forensic science education, research, and other scholarly activities so that students are adequately prepared for forensic science practice.
This is a full-time position with a 12-month appointment reporting to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The successful candidate will be eligible for the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with a tenure home in an academic department in their discipline or related field. In addition to administrative duties, the director is expected to teach two courses per academic year, and one course in the summer on topics relevant to the program in their area of expertise. The director is also expected to engage in research in their area of expertise.
As a recipient of the national Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for the past 8 years, SIUE is committed to integrating inclusion, equity, and diversity into its institutional structures. The College of Arts and Science is committed to creating an inclusive community that explores a rich tapestry of ideas, experiences, and people.
Integral to this commitment, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville strives for a student body and a workforce that is both diverse and inclusive. For more on our Statement of Diversity and SIUE’s 2022-25 Strategic Plan, visit: about/mission-goals-plans/diversity.shtml

•An earned Doctorate degree appropriate for a forensic science program, preferably in
biology, chemistry, or a related field.
•At least five years relevant experience as an academic forensic scientist that included
appropriate educational, research, and service contributions to forensic science; OR at
least five years relevant experience as a forensic science practitioner, not including any
training time in an operational forensic science laboratory setting.
•Documented research experience in a forensic science discipline or in methods and
techniques adapted, validated, and implemented by the forensic science community.
•Documented management experience appropriate to the duties assigned to the

•Proven track record of effective leadership with program development.
•Excellent communication (written and oral) skills and the ability to establish effective
interpersonal, and collaborative, relationships with a diverse range of internal and external
•Record of successful teaching (online and in person) in a college/university environment is
strongly preferred.
•Experience with and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusivity issues in higher

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work. SIUE is committed to education that explores the historic significance of diversity in order to understand the present and to better enable our community to engage the future. Integral to this commitment, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville strives for a student body and a workforce that is both diverse and inclusive. We strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups, including women, members of racially minoritized groups, and individuals with disabilities, to apply.  For more on our Statement on Diversity, visit SIUE Mission, Goals and Plans

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, 12-month continuing appointment beginning Fiscal Year 2024 (July 1-June 30)

To apply, send a letter of application; a statement of teaching/curricular philosophy; a
statement of research interest; a statement that discusses experiences and competencies in
supporting anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion and how you will incorporate these
competencies in your role as Director; curriculum vitae; academic transcripts; and a list of
three references to:

Chair, Director of Forensic Science Search Committee
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Department of Biological Sciences
Box 1651
Edwardsville, IL 62026
Electronic submission is encouraged. Electronic documents in PDF format should be
e-mailed to:

For more information on each department or to search for specific contacts, visit the CAS home page at:


SALARY: $125,000-$137,000, commensurate with credentials, qualifications, and experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin May 25, 2023, and continue until position is filled.

SIUE is a state university – benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas. Applicants will be subject to a background check prior to an offer of employment. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Acts (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, please call 618-650-2190 or email

The SIUE Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at . This report is published in compliance the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” and the Higher Education Opportunity Act also known as the “Campus Fire Safety Right to Know.”

The Career Development Center, in partnership with SIUE’s Toward an Inclusive Model of Excellence project, is proud to provide a variety of career services and resources to partners of new faculty who have relocated to the Greater St. Louis area. Support for this initiative was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Award 1936141. This program offers various career services and resources available to help individuals in their career journey. Additional details may be found online at Dual Career Support


Several units across campus offer various programs and training opportunities to new faculty members as they begin their employment at SIUE.   Support units include but are not limited to the Faculty Development Center Ombuds Services , Office of Research and Projects, and Inclusive Excellence, Education, and Development Hub.

To support faculty in balancing work and family obligations, SIUE offers an exceptional array of comprehensive benefits including:
*Medical, dental and vision insurance;
*Life insurance;
*SURS retirement plan;
*Supplemental retirement savings plans;
*Generous holiday schedule;
*WorkLife programs;
*Employee Assistance Program (mental health and wellness);
*Employee discounts (local and national retailers);
*Flexible Spending Account Program;
*University tuition waivers (Employee and Dependents).

For more information, visit: SIUE Office of Human Resources- Benefits

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