Director of Forensic Sciences Master’s Program/Associate or Full Professor (FY24-044)

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Faculty Position FY24-044
October 18 2023

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

Hiring Unit
College of Arts & Sciences

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:

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

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

•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 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; 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 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.”

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


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a nationally recognized university that provides students with a high-quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live.

Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottom land and only 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 13,000 individuals and 2,300 faculty and staff. The city of Edwardsville is consistently cited as one of the top cities in Illinois for families, based on several factors, including affordability, green spaces, excellent schools, low crime rate, financial stability and philanthropic spirit.

SIUE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, as well as more than 30 additional accrediting agencies. In January 2019, SIUE was reclassified by The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education to the newly created doctoral/professional universities category. Fully certified at the Division I level by the NCAA, SIUE is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) (men’s soccer & wrestling).

Join the adventurous minds here at SIUE that are changing the world; explore our employment opportunities today.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work. As an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce, we will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status.  For more on our State of Diversity, visit SIUE Mission, Goals and Plans 

The SIUE Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at The report contains campus safety and security information, crime statistics, fire safety policies, and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. This report is published in compliance with Federal law, titled 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.” For those without computer access, a paper copy of the report may be obtained, with a 24-hour notice, from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, 1-618-650-2536.

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