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Assistant Professor - Forensic Science
University of North Dakota

Date Posted Dec. 16, 2020
Title Assistant Professor - Forensic Science
University University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND, United States
Department Forensic Science Program
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2021
  • Assistant Professor
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice

The Forensic Science program is seeking a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin August 16, 2021, contingent on availability of funding.

The Forensic Science program is within the Department of Criminal Justice housed in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Dakota. It offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Forensic Science, with approximately 115 majors.

Duties & Responsibilities
The successful candidate will direct the Forensic Science program and teach a 2/2 load during the initial year of appointment, including introduction to the forensic sciences, analysis of evidence, and a capstone course. Courses will be a mix of face-to-face and online offerings. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential to establish a productive research program and is expected to be active in writing proposals for external grant funding. Expectation also includes contributions to the University’s Grand Challenges in the area of Big Data and/or Rural Health & Communities (see ) and that such engagement includes working with interdisciplinary teams for the purpose of generating external research funding. All faculty are expected to contribute service within the department, college, university, and community. UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

Required Competencies

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including evidence of the ability to teach, inspire, and mentor students.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Forensic Science program.
  • Ability to adapt to current methods of teaching, including online delivery.

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Forensic Science or allied field by August 15, 2021.
  • Successful completion of a criminal history records check.
    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Track record in teaching, research, education, and/or experience in the forensic sciences.
  • Research agenda related to UND’s Big Data or Rural Health & Communities Grand Challenges (see ).
  • Ability to successfully teach face-to-face and online college-level courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience.
  • Potential for publishing original research.
  • Potential for securing external funding to support scholarly research.

Salary is competitive.

Work Schedule/Start Date: Position is full-time, benefitted, and exempt. Dates of initial contract are August 16, 2020 to May 15, 2021.

To Apply
For full consideration, applications must be received by January 4, 2020, and include the following materials:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of at least three references (including contact information)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Teaching philosophy
  • Research statement
  • If applicable, proof of eligibility for veteran’s preference
    Position is open until filled.

Questions can be directed to the Director of the Forensic Science Program, Rachel Jordan, at

Additional Information
Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the state’s only School of Law. The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.
UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.
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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials
Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

  • EEO Statement
    The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.
    Veteran’s Preference
    Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.
    Clery Statement
    In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Rachel Jordan
    Criminal Justice
    University of North Dakota
    Forensic Science Program
    501 N Columbia Rd, Stop 8050
    Grand Forks, ND 58202
  • 701-777-5361


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