Program Director and Assistant or Associate Professor of Forensic Science

Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, US


Job Description: Arcadia University seeks candidates for the position of Program Director and Assistant or Associate Professor of Forensic Science. This position is responsible for oversight of a highly ranked Master’s degree program and an undergraduate minor in a productive partnership between Arcadia and the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education. The new program director will be an innovative and collaborative leader who recognizes the existing strengths of the program and will enhance academic offerings and enrollment in graduate and undergraduate programs. They will teach classes and maintain an active research program in a field related to forensic science and will represent the university as a participant in the forensic science community, nationally and internationally. Arcadia University is committed to the principles of anti-racism, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The program director will strive to incorporate these principles within academic and co-curricular programs.

The Program Director of Forensic Science position reports to the Senior Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and is a full-time, 9-month, non-tenure-track faculty position with the capacity to advance towards full professor. Additional summer responsibilities are expected. Compensation is covered through a combination of salary and stipends for academic and administrative work. Candidates for the program director role will be considered at either the assistant or associate professor level, depending on previous experience. A doctorate degree appropriate for a forensic science program and at least five years of academic or practitioner experience in a forensic science field are preferred.


  • Maintain day-to-day operations of the forensic science program, including managing faculty and staff members, course offerings, the departmental budget, and upkeep of equipment and spaces
  • Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in forensic science related fields and engage graduate students in research projects
  • Coordinate the program's ongoing self‐assessment and recommend modifications connected to compliance with FEPAC accreditation standards
  • Review, revise, and develop programmatic assessment instruments, including reports and surveys
  • Submit reports required by the university and accreditor
  • Serve as the point of contact for collaboration with the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education
  • Mentor faculty members in their teaching, scholarly work, grant writing, service at Arcadia, and participation in the larger forensic science community
  • Participate in the annual performance reviews of the program's faculty
  • Evaluate qualifications and recommend faculty and staff for employment within the forensic science Master's degree program and associated undergraduate program and courses
  • Attract, advise, and mentor forensic science students in collaboration with faculty members and Enrollment Management
  • Coordinate student orientation, open houses, and Scarlet and Grey admitted student days in collaboration with Enrollment Management and program faculty
  • Evaluate students' overall performance in the program
  • Explore emerging local, national, and international opportunities and expand forensic science academic programming and enrollment through data informed decision making
  • Enhance the status of the forensic science program nationally and internationally
  • Serve on university committees as requested or designated
  • Lead efforts to seek and obtain external grants within the program


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A doctorate degree is preferred,
  • A minimum of five years of academic or practitioner experience in Forensic Science experience is preferred,
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff members,
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills at both the conceptual and fine detail levels,
  • Adept interpersonal and communication skills within and beyond the program,
  • Skillful problem solving capabilities with people, programs, and logistics, and
  • An ability to work effectively in a team environment within the program, its affiliates, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Arcadia University.


Nine-month faculty salary: $65,000 - $72,000 with an additional stipend for administrative work.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online through Arcadia's Human Resources portal to receive full consideration,