Assistant Professor – Forensic Science



Job description

San Jose CA

Subject to Budgetary Approval

Specialization: Forensic Science

Job Opening ID (JOID): 24823

Rank: Assistant Professor

The Department of Justice Studies at SJSU invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate with research and teaching expertise in forensic science as described herein
  • Scholarship linking forensic science with any of the following: Humanitarian and/or human rights investigations; Issues related to the social, medical, and justice consequences of violence, conflict, and crime in domestic and/or foreign contexts; Forensic psychology; Cybercrime
  • Strong record of teaching excellence
  • Active research agenda with substantial potential for publications and funded research
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experiences.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • International expertise
  • Online teaching experience
  • Ability to teach forensic science from a critical perspective; experience teaching research methods, biology, and/or chemistry courses for forensic scientists
  • Research and teaching that can enhance department emphases in Criminology, Criminal Justice Studies, Legal Studies, Human Rights, and Forensic Science.


  • The position requires that selected candidate, among other responsibilities, will:
  • Maintain effective teaching in the Justice Studies undergraduate and graduate programs, including teaching required skills courses and providing guidance for graduate student research projects
  • Actively participate in departmental and campus governance, including curricular development, planning and implementing departmental activities, on campus activities, and supporting student success
  • Develop and maintain an active research and publishing agenda
  • Advise students, collaborate with faculty in other department programs and elsewhere, and perform professional service to the University, community, and academic profession
  • Contribute to a team of dedicated professionals who skillfully address the needs of a student population of extraordinary diversity-in age, cultural background, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, primary language, life and work experience, and academic preparation-through course materials, teaching strategies, professional engagement with campus life, and advising.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: August 17, 2019

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Justice Studies is a high-profile department in the College of Health and Human Sciences at San Jose State University, SJSU-located in downtown San Jose, CA, “the capital of Silicon Valley.” Established in 1930, the Department of Justice Studies is distinguished as one of the first degree-granting programs in criminal justice in the United States. The department prepares students for entry into a technologically complex and culturally diverse society as justice-oriented professionals who promote healthier communities and take leadership roles in the evolving justice landscape. The department’s current focus is on strengthening its five pillars: 1) Criminal Justice Studies, 2) Criminology, 3) Forensic Science, 4) Legal Studies, and 5) Human Rights. The department’s 2 graduate programs offer master’s degrees in Justice Studies and Global Criminology, preparing students for more advanced graduate study or managerial and research positions in justice serving organizations. In addition to the 2 MS degree programs, it offers 4 BS degrees in Justice Studies and Forensic Science, 4 minors, a graduate certificate in Family Violence, the award-winning Record Clearance Project, and 5 affiliated student and alumni groups. The team consists of 14 professors, 30 lecturers, 2 office staff members, and over 900 majors. SJSU Justice Studies alumni are among the most prominent professionals in policing, corrections, nonprofit services, legal, and related professions. For more information about the department, please go to:

This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in a career at an institution that is a national leader in graduating URM students. San Jose State University has achieved HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) designation; 40% of our student population are first-generation students and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, the university is ranked fourth nationally in increasing student upward mobility.

San Jose State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San Jose (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San Jose State University enrolls approximately 32,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic, gender, and other perspectives.

How to apply

For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by January 15, 2019 to Additional materials may be requested if placed on a shortlist. Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

San Jose State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San Jose State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San Jose State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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