Professor of Practice in Forensic Science

Arizona State University, West Campus, Glendale, AZ, US


Position Description: The School of Interdisciplinary Forensics (pending ABOR and faculty governance approvals), in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, is seeking a full-time professor of practice to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Forensic Science and contribute to the design and leadership of the program. Applicants must present evidence of broad interdisciplinary expertise and/or direct experience and training in any area in Forensic Science or Criminal Justice. This is a renewable non-tenure-track teaching academic year (9-month) position. Faculty duties include teaching in person and online. Typical workloads for professor of practice are consistent with 80% teaching, including four courses every fall and spring, and 20% service. Subsequent one-year appointments may be offered, under the same terms and conditions, at the discretion of the college and university. It seeks candidates who will create a climate of diversity that attracts and supports the success of students of all races, nationalities, and genders.

About the School: ASU is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real-world applications blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves. New College strives to uphold values of cultural and intellectual diversity and to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment where all can thrive, share ideas, and pursue their goals.

Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Provide high-quality instruction in areas of Forensic Science at the undergraduate and graduate level in in-person and online modalities;
  • Contribute to curriculum development and programmatic responsibilities;
  • Provide course coordination for classes with multiple sections;
  • Support the ongoing development of the Forensic Science program;
  • Contribute to impactful education through innovative programmatic development, and cultural-responsive teaching and mentoring practices;
  • Support equitable inclusion across all aspects of the school’s operations;
  • Contribute to an environment of collegiality. We value a highly collaborative community and culture that prioritizes mutual respect, support, and collective success of our faculty staff, and students;
  • Contribute to a positive and healthy work environment and role model professional behavior for our students.


Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, or closely related field and 10 years professional experience in applied forensics, forensic laboratory setting, criminal justice, and investigation.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Administrative experience in forensic work environments.
  • Accreditation, certification, licensing, or advanced training for the specific field of study/profession.
  • Evidence of effective and inclusive college-level teaching.
  • Experience in different teaching modalities, including online instruction.
  • Knowledge of evaluation of instruction, curriculum development, program development and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of current college-level pedagogical techniques.
  • Ability to develop courses in Forensic Science/Investigations and assist in program development. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate collaboratively within a diverse and interdisciplinary team that includes staff, faculty, students, and community partners in a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate collaboratively within a diverse and interdisciplinary team. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population, including first-generation college students.


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How to apply

Application Procedure: Only electronic submissions via Interfolio will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications must contain:

  • Cover letter that addresses the required and desired qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae with contact information, including telephone number and e-mail address
  • One-page statement of teaching philosophy
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness – e.g., student evaluations, syllabi, peer observation, annual evaluations, etc.
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts
  • Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number)
  • A statement with specific examples and indication of impact that describes how your teaching interests and experience have intersected with and/or will contribute to matters of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.