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Teaching Assistant Professor

West Virginia University Department of Forensic Science
West Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Teaching Assistant Professor

Department of Forensic and Investigative Science

West Virginia University

Job No. 18513


The Department of Forensic and Investigative Science (FIS) at West Virginia University invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor position beginning in August 2022. This is a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure track position with full benefits. Teaching Assistant Professor appointments have renewable terms of up to three years, with no limit on the number of terms. Teaching Assistant Professors are eligible for promotion, e.g., to Teaching Associate Professor and Teaching Professor; however, promotion to senior ranks is not a requirement for institutional commitment and career stability. The position requires teaching (50%) and institutional service (50%). There is no traditional research assignment. Summer teaching for additional compensation may be available.


The successful candidate will teach a 3-2 load in forensic survey courses and courses in the Forensic minor and (b) advise undergraduates in the FIS Department. The candidate will also be responsible for developing undergraduate courses within the candidate’s area of specialization and based upon departmental needs. 


The successful candidate will have a minimum of a MS or equivalent degree in forensic science or a closely related field. The successful candidate will also have significant professional experience, ability to develop and effectively teach undergraduate courses (including laboratory courses) in the areas described above, a commitment to student-centered learning, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a willingness to use instructional technologies. Advising experience is beneficial, but not required.


The Department of Forensic and Investigative Science consists of six tenured and tenure-track faculty, seven teaching faculty, and two academic advisors. The successful candidate will work within a comprehensive department, with three undergraduate majors (Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Biology and Forensic Examiner) with more than 600 forensic students. The Department also has more than 40 graduate students in our M.S. and Ph.D. programs. West Virginia University is the only university with all three levels of education (undergraduate, Master’s and PhD) in forensic science. The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art facilities with sophisticated equipment. Each program within the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science offers a rich educational experience and provides students with hands-on experiences with the largest crime scene complex in the nation. Further information be found at the Department website:


WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. 


To apply, please visit WVU Careers and navigate to the position title listed above. Upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and teaching philosophy, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by email to The letters should address the candidate’s teaching potential. Review of completed applications will begin on February 28, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to the search chair,


WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


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