Professor of Practice and Executive Director

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Job # 075063 Job Title Professor of Practice and Executive Director Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience FLSA Status Hours

As determined by Dean

Job Type Full-time Rank Professor of Practice Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute ( FNSSI ) in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University is seeking a highly qualified individual to serve as Executive Director of the Institute. This is a full-time, professor of practice position with an academic year appointment, with required summer work compensated separately. Reappointment will be possible on three-year terms upon satisfactory performance. The Executive Director reports directly to the Dean of the College. The position is vital to maintaining and advancing the academic and research initiatives of the Institute as well as strengthening and promoting campus-wide and extramural relationships. Comprehensive curricular programs include undergraduate BS, BA, and minor degree programs and graduate MS degree programs in Forensic Science, Biomedical Forensic Science, and Medicolegal Death Investigation, as well as certificates of advanced study in both Medicolegal Death Investigation and Firearm and Toolmark Examination.


• A Doctorate degree appropriate for a forensic science program;
• Documented research experience in a forensic science discipline and/or extensive experience with methods and techniques adapted, validated, and implemented by the forensic science community.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Experience in quality control and ethics pertinent to forensics practice;
• At least five years relevant experience as an academic forensic scientist that includes appropriate educational, research, and service contributions to forensic science AND /OR at least five years relevant experience as a forensic science practitioner, not including any training time in an operational forensic science laboratory setting;
• No less than five years documented experience in management of a forensic laboratory/center.
• Superior interpersonal, verbal communication, and organizational skills;
• Ability to engage students in and out of the classroom;
• Experience working in a multicultural setting and with the educational advancement of students from underrepresented groups is desirable.


• Manage approximately twenty full and part time faculty and an administrator.
• Serve as liaison between the Institute and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences;
• Manage all functions of the Institute, including academic programs, research initiatives, and relations with public, government and private sectors.
• Meet the program’s stated mission, goals, and objectives, and provide leadership in forensic science education, research, and other scholarly activities so students are adequately prepared for forensic science practice;
• Work with FNSSI faculty and staff to facilitate undergraduate and graduate academic programs, research, and course scheduling and optimization;
• Advise students on curriculum requirements, course registration, and career placement;
• Teach one course in the curriculum;
• Maintain positive public relations and promote awareness of the program;
• Perform other duties not outlined above that will be necessary for the success of the FNSSI Program.

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For full consideration, candidates must complete an online application, including a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, personal statement, and arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted that can attest to the applicant’s qualifications.

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Quick Link Job Posting Date 02/26/2020 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants