Assistant Professor of Forensic Investigation

University of Wisconsin - Platteville, Platteville, WI, US


The Department of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Forensic Investigation. This is a full-time, nine-month position starting in August of 2023.

We seek a forensic professional, broadly defined, to join our growing Forensic Investigation (FI) program. Applicants with specialization in any relevant discipline will be considered; however, we are particularly interested in individuals who can contribute to and expand the department's existing strengths in crime scene processing, medicolegal death investigation, forensic anthropology, and fingerprint analysis. Regardless of expertise, candidates should feel comfortable teaching some combination of FI degree core courses (e.g., Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Scene Processing Techniques, Evidence Collection and Preservation, Crime Scene Documentation, Forensic Criminology, and FI Research Methods), as well as specialized courses in their area of expertise.

Preference will be given to candidates with professional field and/or laboratory experience. The ideal candidate would also be willing to engage in research that incorporates undergraduate students and be interested in strengthening interdisciplinary collaborations with other university departments relevant to their expertise.


The successful candidate must have:

  • A Ph.D. in Forensic Science, Physical Science, Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Computer Science, Statistics, or other discipline relevant to the candidate's experience as it relates to Forensic Investigation. An ABD (all but dissertation), if hired, will be contractually obligated to have earned their Ph.D. by January 1, 2024. The preferred candidate would be on track to achieve their Ph.D. by the start date.
  • 1-3 years of relevant teaching experience at the university level with experience and/or interest in developing new courses in their area of expertise
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education in a liberal arts environment and a willingness to collaborate with both students and faculty.


$55,000-$60,000 (9 month salary) + great benefits!

How to apply

Applications are required to be submitted electronically via the UW-Platteville Careers portal.

Complete applications must include:

  • Cover letter addressing all required qualifications. The letter should explicitly state how the applicant’s education, experience, and/or area(s) of expertise would contribute to and/or enhance the FI program’s existing strengths.
  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for three professional references.
  • A statement of your teaching philosophy.
  • A separate statement describing a history of working with or demonstrated commitment to addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and/or other issues of historic marginalization.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Employment will require a criminal background check.

For questions regarding this position, please contact: Dr. Patrick Solar Associate Professor, 608-342-6126