Assistant or Associate Professor of Forensic Science, Tenure Track
The Forensic Science program is seeking a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to begin August 16, 2021, contingent on availability of funding.
The Forensic Science program is within the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences at the University of North Dakota. It offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Forensic Science, with roughly 115 majors.
Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the state’s only School of Law. The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.
UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.
Duties & Responsibilities
The successful candidate will direct the Forensic Science program and teach a 1/2 load during the initial year of appointment, including forensic science, analysis of evidence, and a capstone course. Courses will be a mix of face-to-face and online offerings. In addition to duties during the academic year, the individual filling this position will be expected to perform director duties over the summer months. Summer duties will be compensated and limited to a small percentage of effort to be determined. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential to establish a productive research program and is expected to be active in writing proposals for external grant funding. Expectation also includes contributions to the University’s Grand Challenges in the area of Big Data and/or Rural Health & Communities (see https://und.edu/research/grand-challenges/ ) and that such engagement includes working with interdisciplinary teams for the purpose of generating external research funding. All faculty are expected to contribute service within the department, college, university, and community. UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including evidence of the ability to teach, inspire, and mentor students.
- Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
- Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Forensic Science program.
- Ability to adapt to current methods of teaching, including online delivery.
- Ph.D. in Forensic Science or allied field by August 15, 2021.
- Successful completion of a criminal history records check.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
- Track record in teaching, research, education, and/or experience in the forensic sciences.
- Research agenda related to UND’s Big Data or Rural Health & Communities Grand Challenges (see https://und.edu/research/grand-challenges/ ).
- Potential for proficiently teaching face-to-face and online college-level courses at the undergraduate level.
- Potential for providing administrative oversight.
- Potential for publishing original research.
- Potential for securing external funding to support scholarly research.
For full consideration, applications must be received by May 10, 2021, and include the following materials:
- Letter of application
- Curriculum vitae
- List of at least three references (including contact information)
- Unofficial transcripts
- Teaching philosophy
- Research statement
- If applicable, proof of eligibility for veteran’s preference
Position is open until filled.
Questions can be directed to the Director of the Forensic Science Program, Rachel Jordan, at rachel.Jordan@UND.edu
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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.
Confidentiality of Application Materials
Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records
related to the applications that identify an applicant are
confidential, except records related to the finalists of the
position, which are open to the public after the search committee
has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to
The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women,
minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of
other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their
gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability
status as part of the application process. This information will
remain confidential and separate from your application.
Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of
eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility
includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a
current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at UND.edu. You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.
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