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Clinical Assistant Professor (Forensic Science)

New College - Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 15, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Description:

The School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Arizona State University is seeking a full-time clinical assistant professor 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 (including in crime scene investigation, explosive and fire debris, forensic toxicology, firearm and tool mark examination, latent print examination, question document examination, etc.) that complements or supplements existing strengths in the unit. This is a non-tenure-track teaching academic year (9-month) position. Faculty duties include teaching online and/or in person. Typical workloads for clinical faculty are consistent with 80% teaching, including four courses every fall and spring and 20% service. There is an option to teach additional two courses in the summer. This is a fixed-term appointment that is renewable annually.  Subsequent one-year appointments may be offered, under the same terms and conditions, at the discretion of the college and university. Fixed-term appointments may evolve, with continuing superior instructional performance, from initial year-to-year appointments to appointments with multiple-year terms of three years, depending on the availability of funding and the Institution's needs.

The School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences embraces the ideal of a fully inclusive and welcoming STEM community. It seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts and supports the success of students of all races, nationalities, and genders. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Successful candidates are expected to deliver quality undergraduate and graduate instruction in Forensic Science and contribute service to the university and the profession.


About the School:

The School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences ( at Arizona State University, is an interdisciplinary mathematical and natural sciences unit that offers bachelor’s degrees in Forensic Science, Computational Forensics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Biology, Applied Computing, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Biotechnology and Bioenterprise, and Environmental Science.

Our faculty create an inclusive student experience with extensive interdisciplinary education, research, and training opportunities. At the core of this experience is the opportunity for our students to work side-by-side with our faculty conducting authentic research in Forensic Science and other STEM disciplines. Our students are proficient in scientific inquiry and critical thinking and ready to apply their skills to real-life situations. In the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, we strive to educate and empower future STEM scholars and innovators. Multiple federal and state agencies fund our research, and we are one of the fastest-growing research enterprises at ASU.

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 five differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural, and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real-world application 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 provide a welcoming and inclusive environment where all can thrive, share ideas, and pursue their goals.


Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Teach courses in relevant areas
  • Teaching (80%)
    • The individual filling this position is expected to deliver excellent in-class and online instruction at the undergraduate level,
    • Contribute to curriculum development of Forensic Science related courses
    • Provide course coordination for large classes with multiple sections
    • Contribute other services to the School and University
    • The typical teaching load is four courses per semester
  • Provide high-quality instruction in those areas of Forensic Science that will complement or supplement existing strengths of the unit
  • Prepare syllabi, appropriate course goals and objectives, and lesson plans for lecture and lab-based courses
  • Evaluate and select course materials and other teaching materials for lecture and lab-based courses
  • Prepare, administer, and grade assignments and lab exercises
  • Administer written mid-term and/or final exams
  • Coordinate multi-section lab instruction as necessary
  • Maintain and re-design courses as necessary
  • Participate in student internships, training, or other practice components of degree programs
  • Hold regular office hours
  • Contribute to curriculum development and programmatic responsibilities
  • Service (20%)
  • Participate in various Unit, College, and University-level committees
  • Assist with the development of additional models for-credit service learning
  • Support the ongoing development of the Forensic Science program


Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in Forensic Science or closely related field and two (2) years related experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:  

  • Background and/or professional experience in applied forensics or in a forensic laboratory setting.
  • Accreditation, certification, licensing, or advanced training for the specific field of study/profession.
  • Teaching experience
  • Doctoral degree
  • Experience in online instruction
  • Record of teaching excellence
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population, including first-generation college students
  • 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

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: 

The initial application deadline is January 16, 2022, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order they were received until the position is filled. A background check and official transcripts are required prior to employment.

Application Procedure:

Only electronic submissions via Interfolio will be reviewed. Please submit all application materials to  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 the successful passing of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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