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Assistant Professor of Forensic Investigation

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Platteville, Wisconsin
commensurate with qualifications and experience
Posted Date
Sep 9, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Justice & Criminology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary:

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.

Salary for this position is $55,000-$60,000 and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


The successful candidate will have a demonstrated competency teaching one or more existing courses in the Forensic Investigation program and the capacity to develop and teach courses within their area of expertise. The typical teaching load is 4 courses per semester (4/4). Additional responsibilities include student academic advising, actively participating in research and scholarship, providing career advising/mentorship to students, and engaging in service to the department, university, profession, and public. It is expected that the candidate will demonstrate continued membership in and engagement with relevant professional organizations. Other duties may be assigned by the Department Chair.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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
  • Applicants must have 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.

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

Department Information

The Department of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences’ Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Education have 8 full-time tenure-track positions and regularly employs an additional 8 instructional academic staff. The undergraduate program offers a BA/BS in Criminal Justice and BS in Forensic Investigation. The graduate program offers a MS in Criminal Justice. The Forensic Investigation program is preparing to apply for FEPAC accreditation for both its Laboratory and Crime Scene degree emphases.

Campus Information:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal. To ensure full consideration applications must be received by October 6, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

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 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.


Since 1866, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been a regional leader among 4-year colleges with challenging academics; renowned faculty; and notable alumni.

On all three campuses—UW-Platteville, UW-Platteville Richland, and UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County—we are leaders in science, technology, agriculture, and engineering fields, with unique initiatives in microsystems and nanotechnology, forensic investigation, and renewable energy. While the challenges facing us now may seem daunting, we are applying this expertise to be here for you, now and in the future.

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