Teaching Assistant Professor – Department of Forensic & Investigative Science



Job description

Morgantown, WV

The Department of Forensic and Investigative Science at West Virginia University invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor position beginning in August 2021. This is a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure track position with full benefits and the opportunity for promotion. Teaching Assistant Professor appointments have renewable terms of up to three years, with no limit on the number of terms. The position requires teaching and institutional service. There is no traditional research assignment. Summer teaching for additional compensation may be available.

The successful candidate will (a) teach multiple sections of undergraduate crime scene investigation/reconstruction courses and supervise the associated laboratory sections;  (b) teach applied forensic science skills in at least three of the following courses: firearms and toolmarks/shooting reconstruction, death investigation, expert testimony, latent fingerprints, biological evidence, or bloodstain pattern analysis; and (c) develop  other courses within the candidate’s area of specialization, based upon departmental needs.

The Department consists of 5 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 6 teaching faculty, about 30 graduate students in our M.S. and Ph.D. programs, and about 600 undergraduate majors. Further information be found at the Department website: https://forensics.wvu.edu/

WVU, located in Morgantown, is a comprehensive land grant university enrolling about 29,000 students in over 100 degree programs.  Our Carnegie Classification is R1 – Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity.  Morgantown is within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, and has received numerous ratings as one of the best small cities in the U.S. because of its good schools, excellent health care, low unemployment rate, low crime rate, and abundant recreational opportunities.

The position requires a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in forensic science or a closely related field and significant professional experience, ability for developing and effectively teaching undergraduate courses (including laboratory courses) in the areas described above, a commitment to student-centered learning, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a willingness to use instructional technologies.

How to apply

Upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and teaching philosophy, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by email to [email protected]. The letters should address the candidate’s teaching potential. Review of completed applications will begin on December 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to the search chair, [email protected].

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, WVU will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world.