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Assistant Professor of Forensic Investigation

Assistant Professor of Forensic Investigation - WVU Tech - 13021


West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech), part of the WVU system of campuses located in Beckley, WV, is currently inviting applications and nominations for the following employment opportunity:

The Department of Social Sciences and Public Administration in the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for a nine-month, full-time, tenure-track, benefits-eligible instructor or assistant professor with a specialization in fingerprinting technology (desirable but not required) to begin August 2020. 

We are seeking an outstanding teacher with scholarly promise with responsibility to teach introductory and upper-level courses in forensic investigation. The teaching load associated with this position is 4/4 offering such courses as fingerprinting technology, trace evidence, toolmark evidence, photography, crime scenes, interviewing, death investigation, and senior seminar. The successful candidate will participate in curriculum assessment, student advising, recruitment, and retention activities. All college faculty are expected to demonstrate value to the profession and university through creative activity and scholarship. The successful candidate will join a department with a student-centered philosophy and is expected to work closely with students.  In addition, the department seeks a candidate who will demonstrate exemplary communication skills, collegiality, and the ability to contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the university and the community it serves. 

WVU Tech boasts a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 17 students, allowing personalized attention in a supportive environment. WVU Tech is ranked first in the state for return on investment and is ranked seventh in the nation in annual ROI for students paying in-state tuition. The campus is in close proximity to several state and national parks and numerous recreational opportunities.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019

Salary and Rank

Commensurate with background and experience.

Date of Appointment

August 14, 2020

More information about the department and college may be found at

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The successful candidate must possess a master's degree in forensic science or a terminal degree in a natural science with forensic experience or terminal degree in a related discipline with forensic experience. Evidence of scholarly promise is essential and demonstrated ability to mentor students is also required.  College-level teaching experience is desirable. 

Application materials must include:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) professional references with their full contact information (Can be sent confidentially to
  • One-page teaching philosophy statement
  • University transcripts
  • Additional materials may be requested at a later date

West Virginia University 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.