Assistant Professor Forensic Entomology (tenure track) Purdue Dept. of Entomology

Purdue University Department of Entomology
Indiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 06, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor Forensic Entomology (tenure track)

Purdue University Department of Entomology 

Principal Duties: The Department of Entomology seeks to fill a tenure track position in Forensic Entomology.  This is a nine-month appointment at the level of assistant professor with primary teaching and secondary research responsibilities, and will also serve as the Director of the Purdue Forensic Science program. 

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will be responsible for Forensics teaching within the Department of Entomology, consisting of 4 core, large enrollment forensic science classes, 3 specialist forensic entomology classes, and experiential classes (within the Purdue Honors College or Study Abroad classes) as opportunities arise.  Entomology’s forensic classes collectively make up the Forensic Science minor, the largest minor on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus by enrollment, and the Forensic Entomology Area of Concentration (AoC; within our Insect Biology major) a major area of recruitment growth for our department.  Our Forensic Entomology AoC is designed to qualify students for certification exams offered by the American Board of Forensic Entomology, and the successful candidate would be certification of the program by the Forensic Science Programs Accreditation Commission. 

In addition to teaching duties, the successful candidate would be encouraged to develop a research program in either Forensic Entomology or in the Science of Teaching and Learning, using Forensic Science instruction as a model for improving STEM education.  To assist in building this research program, the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate research students, will be expected.  Finally, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with department specialists to create workforce development, community outreach or continuing education materials for medico-legal users of forensic science (e.g. law enforcement, coroner office staff etc.).

Qualifications:  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline area (e.g. Entomology, Biology, Forensic Science) with specific training in Forensic Entomology.  Relevant post-doctoral or College-level teaching experience is necessary. Ideal candidate would have interests in integrating Forensic Science into the broader field of Entomology, or in developing innovative STEM education methods.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  A background check is required for this position.

The College:  The Department of Entomology is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agriculture, food, life and natural resources and ranked 7th in the US by the 2020 QS World University Rankings.  The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions and to inclusive excellence in all we do.  The College has 11 academic departments and includes 282 tenure-track faculty, 894 staff members, 2841 undergraduate and 740 graduate students.  The College strategic plan can be accessed at

Application Procedure:  Applications must include: 1) Curriculum Vitae; 2) Cover letter of interest that includes Statements of Teaching and Research Philosophies; 3) Diversity and Inclusion Statement and 4) Contact information for three references. 

Purdue University’s Department of Entomology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. 

Screening of applicants with begin April 30, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Ian Kaplan via email at

Affirmative Action

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. 

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