Assistant or Associate Professor of Forensic Science

Southern Wesleyan University - Central, SC, Central, SC, US


Position Description 
Founded in 1906, Southern Wesleyan University is a private, nonprofit institution affiliated with The Wesleyan Church. Located in Central, South Carolina, the university spans 350 acres and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. With a student body of 1,175 from 30 states and 4 countries, SWU offers a diverse, inclusive community with a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Over 50 areas of study are provided, including 5 graduate and 2 doctoral degree programs, emphasizing rigorous academic preparation and a Christian worldview. 

About the School of Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STeM): 
The School of STeM prepares students to confront globally significant issues with robust skills in content, communication, and problem-solving, integrating faith and learning from a Christian worldview. Offering a range of undergraduate degrees in fields such as Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, and more, our faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, with 85% holding terminal degrees.

The Forensic Science program at SWU is built on the accreditation standards of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. Three concentrations are available to students: Biology, Chemistry, and Computing. 

Courses may include Introduction to Forensic Science, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Laboratory Processes, and other areas according to the candidate’s expertise. SWU faculty carry a 12-15 credit hour/semester load. 

Position Overview: 
Southern Wesleyan University’s School of STeM invites applications for a 9-month faculty position in Forensic Science with specialization in Chemistry within the Department of Physical Science, Technology, and Mathematics to begin in August 2024. The position requires a commitment to teaching excellence, curriculum development, and service at the university and school levels. 

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Teaching: Teach forensic science and chemistry courses to undergraduate students. Engage in innovative teaching methods and continuous improvement of the educational experience. SWU faculty normally carry a 12-15 credit hour/semester load. 
  • Curriculum Development: Improve and create courses and curriculum related to forensic science. Ensure that the curriculum reflects current trends and advancements in the field. 
  • Student Advising: Serve as the primary academic advisor for students in the Forensic Science major. 
  • Collaboration: Work collaboratively with faculty and students in research, curriculum development, academic program management, and community engagement projects. 
  • Service: Engage in service activities within the university and school. Participate actively in department, school, and university committees and initiatives.


  • PhD or equivalent in Forensic Science or a related field and 18 graduate hours in chemistry. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and students. 
  • Commitment to the mission and values of SWU’s School of STeM, including Christian faith, learning, professionalism, community, teamwork, integrity, and excellence. 
  • The entry-level rank of the candidate will be determined by terminal degree, qualifications, and experience. 


  • Individuals who have experience serving with or leading in one or more of the following roles or areas may be preferred: 
  • Experience with Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) accreditation processes. 
  • Experience in academic program coordination or and leadership of an academic program(s). 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement 
It is the policy of Southern Wesleyan University to provide and maintain equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including but not limited to lactation), disability, genetic information, veteran-status, age, or any other classification protected by state, federal, or local law, unless a bona fide occupational qualification applies. The University reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church, and is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Section 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended). 

University Mission 
Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. In addition to specific academic requirements, SWU provides quality undergraduate and graduate programs in a distinctively Christian environment that fosters the integration of faith, learning, and living. Candidates for employment must support the Christian mission of the university and give evidence of successful professional experience, mature faith, and consistent Christian lifestyle. 


Southern Wesleyan University offers competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits plan.

How to apply

Please click on the link and continue Southern Wesleyan University's application process. 


Applicants should be prepared to provide written responses, as follows: 

  • Personal Christian testimony 
  • Personal ministry, church involvement or spiritual growth 
  • Approach to teaching Integration of faith and learning in your teaching 

In addition to completion of the online application, please provide the following digital documents: 

  1. Cover letter 
  2. Curriculum vita Unofficial transcripts 
  3. References