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

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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

  • 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/Associate or Full Professor

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville | Edwardsville, Illinois
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: December 09, 2023
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Job TitleDirector of Forensic Sciences Master’s Program/Associate or Full Professor

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Faculty

Salary Range $ 125,000-$137,000, commensurate with credentials, qualifications, and experience.

Location Edwardsville, Illinois

Application Deadline December 04, 2023

Contact Information

Contact Name Luci Kohn

Department Biological Sciences


Phone US +1 (618) 650-2394

Job Description

To apply for this job please visit

Job Description/Responsibilities


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) has established an interdisciplinary Forensic Sciences master’s degree program with plans to obtain FEPAC accreditation. The program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences with core participating faculty from the departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and

Criminal Justice Studies. The Forensic Science program is also a component of the Southwestern Illinois Justice and Workforce Development Campus in Belleville, Illinois.


We are seeking an experienced and motivated director who will provide leadership in

establishing and promoting the program, prepare for and oversee the FEPAC 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. 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-goa ls-plans/diversity.shtml.


Minimum Qualifications
•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 position.



Preferred Qualifications
•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 constituencies.


•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 education.


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 Appointment
Full-time, 12-month continuing appointment beginning Fiscal Year 2025 (July 1-June 30)


Application Process
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:


Source of Funds


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


Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin December 4, 2023 and continue until position is filled.



SIUE is a state university- benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of Fl or Jl 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 EmploymentH


The SIUE Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at­ act-forms/. 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.”


Dual Career Support for New Faculty
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


Faculty Development and Other 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.


Employee Benefits
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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