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Visiting Assistant Professor, Forensic Science

Columbia College (MO)
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 7, 2022

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Visiting Assistant Professor, Forensic Science
Department: Physical and Biological Sciences
Location: Columbia, MO
Type: Academic
Term: 1 year with the possibility of extension and/or conversion to tenure track

Diversity Statement:
Columbia College is committed to creating an inclusive employee experience for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. The college maintains a safe place for open discourse; supports activities that promote diversity and inclusion; and overall, fosters a sense of community that welcomes everyone.


The Department of Physical and Biological Sciences at Columbia College seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Forensic Science within the Day program beginning in the Fall 2022 semester. This position will support the B.S. Forensic Science degree program, which has both Biology Emphasis and Chemistry Emphasis degrees. The opportunity to design new innovative specialty courses and curriculum exists with this position. Competitive salary commensurate with credentials and experience.

This position will primarily be responsible for teaching in the Forensic Science - Biology Emphasis area. This includes teaching Forensic Biology, which is an in-depth study of the methods, instrumentation, and special considerations used in the forensic analysis of biological evidence, such as blood and other human bodily fluids. The course includes an introduction to DNA extraction, quantitation and amplification, as well as statistical interpretation of the data. This position will also be responsible for teaching at least one introductory level forensic science course, for example Reasoning in Forensic Science (general education) or Introduction to Forensic Science (major course), upper level forensic science core classes, such as Physical and Chemical Methods in Forensic Science, Expert and Scientific Evidence, and general/advanced biology courses. Customary 4-4 teaching load.

The Forensic Science program at Columbia College dates back almost 20 years, has over 40 active majors and is growing. The Department of Physical and Biological Sciences also offers degrees in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science and has 10 full time faculty who are supported by a full time Laboratory Manager and a part time laboratory coordinator. The Department is housed in a modern, fully-equipped facility.

PhD in Forensic Science with experience working cases in a forensic laboratory, or PhD in a related field such as Molecular Biology with forensic experience. Prior teaching experience and a demonstrated commitment to sound pedagogical practices preferred. The position requires significant professional experience, ability for developing and effectively teaching 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.

Eligibility for employee benefits and perks is determined by employment status. For more information please see

To Apply:
Interested applicants may apply online at . Include CV, cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, and graduate and undergraduate transcripts. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The offer of employment and assignment to duties is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check. The information may include, but is not limited to, academic, residential, achievement, performance, attendance, disciplinary, employment history, credit history, driving history, and criminal history of public record.

Columbia College is an equal opportunity employer.

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