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Forensic Science Program Director and Full-Time Faculty (Open Rank)

Forensic Science Program Director and Full-Time Faculty (Open Rank)
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  • 3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, United States
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    Program Director and Full-Time Faculty (Open Rank)

    Forensic Science

    St. Edward's University, a nationally ranked, independent Catholic university and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), invites applications for one or more full-time, 9-month faculty positions in forensic science, including a program director, beginning no later than August 2024. Rank and tenure eligibility will be determined based on candidate qualifications. St. Edward's is characterized by its commitment to the Holy Cross educational mission to educate the hearts and minds of a diverse student body that is deeply committed to social justice.

    The successful candidate will develop and teach courses at the undergraduate level, maintain a program of scholarly activity that is conducive to mentoring student research, support student success and career development, and engage in professional service within and beyond the university. Courses assigned will depend on the needs of the program and the background of the candidate. In addition, the successful candidate for the program director position will provide leadership for an undergraduate program with approximately 70 majors and minors, including the opportunity to modernize and further develop the program's curriculum to support student success and job placement.

    St. Edward's University embraces excellence through diversity and especially encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minority groups. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to supporting a diverse student body.

    For consideration, candidates must have a Master's degree from an accredited institution in forensic science or a related field. A Ph.D. is preferred and will be required to attain tenure. In addition, candidates must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching at the collegiate level, including an ability or potential to teach a range of undergraduate courses and support a diverse student body. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an educational philosophy consistent with the mission and vision of a liberal arts university. Additional preferred qualifications include experience working in a crime laboratory or as a crime scene investigator, professional connections within the Texas forensic science and law enforcement communities (in particular, connections that would support student internships, professional development, and job placement), and previous experience with forensic science curriculum development. For consideration as program director, prior experience as a program director or department chair is strongly preferred.

    Essential Responsibilities Include:
    • Teaching 3-4 courses during each semester of the academic year, including courses within the forensic science discipline and related natural science fields, depending on candidate qualifications and staffing needs.
    • Serving as an academic advisor for undergraduate students
    • Assisting with laboratory management
    • Maintaining a program of scholarly activity that is conducive to mentoring student research
    • Supervising student internships and research experiences
    • Supporting the ongoing success and continued development of the forensic science undergraduate degree program
    • Engaging in professional service within and beyond the university
    • Other duties as assigned

    The University offers an excellent TOTAL REWARDS package! An overview of St. Edward's University employee benefits is available at;

    Medical & Rx Coverage (HSA & FSA Available), Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance, Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Pet Insurance, Annual Leave & Paid Sick Leave, Retirement Plan, Tuition Benefits, Paid Holidays, and Services & Discounts


    Applicants should apply online at Application packages should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, and a statement describing your teaching philosophy. Please indicate in your cover letter if you wish to be considered for the program director position.

    In addition, all applications must include a statement on how they would integrate the University's Holy Cross mission into their work. Your Mission Integration statement should be included as a separate document.

    Mission Integration Statement Prompt:

    St. Edward's was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, from which it acquired distinguishing characteristics that include the courage to take risks, an international perspective and the commitment to provide educational opportunities for students of varied cultural, religious, educational and economic backgrounds. In support of the mission, the different backgrounds of St. Edward's students, faculty and staff enrich our community and represent a significant part of our culture and commitment to excellence. We value the individual differences, life experiences, unique capabilities and innovative talent that our employees and students contribute to our vibrant academic environment. St. Edward's honors and respects all members of its community by fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment that respects the dignity and worth of each person and stresses the obligation of all people to pursue a more just world.

    While serving as a faculty member at St. Edward's University, how would your individual differences, life experiences and unique capabilities contribute to the mission as described above? Describe how your prior work aligns to the university's mission.

    Review of applications will begin immediately; however, the position will remain open until filled.


    The forensic science program is housed within the School of Natural Sciences, which also includes the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, kinesiology, and mathematics. The School's nearly 700 majors learn from distinguished faculty in modern facilities, including over 110,000 square feet of classroom and laboratory space. Students have ample opportunities for experiential learning, including research and internships.


    Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic, liberal arts institution of 2,900 undergraduate and 700 graduate students located in Austin, Texas. It is an exciting time to be part of the St. Edward's community as the university increases its global engagement to educate students for the opportunities and challenges of a 21st-century world. SEU is a diverse community that appreciates faculty and students from all backgrounds. Consistent with its Holy Cross heritage, the university maintains a strong commitment to diversity and global initiatives. More information about St. Edward's University may be found at

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    St. Edwards University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures equity, respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community. For more information on our commitment to diversity, please visit our website


    St. Edward's University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. We require U.S. citizenship or permanent residency for employment, and we are not offering visa sponsorship at this time.

    Background Checks:

    A criminal history background check is required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

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