Associate Professor, Forensic Science

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Aug 26, 2022
Dec 13, 2022
Full Time
Associate Professor, Forensic ScienceThe George Mason University, Forensic Science Program located in the College of Science (COS), invites applications for our Associate Professor position in Forensic Anthropology. This is a full-time, 9-month term faculty position scheduled to begin January 10, 2023. The typical teaching load is 4 courses per semester. A course buy-out will be allowed for approved grant-funded research and/or other approved service duties and responsibilities.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.Responsibilities:The selected candidate will oversee the day to day and long-term operation of the outdoors Forensic Science Research and Training Laboratory (FSRTL) (commonly referred to as the Body Farm) including administrative responsibilities, research projects, instrumentation procurement and service, and will serve as a liaison with other GMU entities as well as federal and state agencies and other entities with an interest in Forensic Anthropology and the FSRTL.Other duties include but are not limited to:Teach undergraduate, graduate, and lab courses in Forensic Anthropology and other related courses which can include Data Analysis and Statistics, Instrumentation and Crime Scene Investigation, as well as others;Collaborate with Forensic Science faculty to develop new forensic science courses and labs, graduate certificates, and professional development courses in specialized areas of Forensic Science and Forensic Anthropology;Collaborate with Forensic Science faculty and other COS entities regarding research development and design in areas of Forensic Anthropology as well as other areas of Forensic Science in order to generate grant proposals that will support relevant, interdisciplinary scientific funded research;Develop and maintain a nationally recognized and externally funded research program in an applied area of Forensic Anthropology with a specific focus on establishing trans-disciplinary collaboration in research and application to the field of anthropology and forensic science;Collaborate with Forensic Science faculty, other COS entities and members of other GMU entities regarding research development, professional consulting and teaching and the real-life application of Forensic Anthropology concepts;Supervise and advise on graduate and undergraduate student research;Help to develop meaningful internship opportunities for students and serve as a mentor for them;Participate in the ongoing development of Forensic Science graduate certificates, courses, and labs for the professional development of practitioners; andParticipate in all accreditation efforts by the program, COS and the University.Required Qualifications:Applicants must be a PhD, Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist by start of employment (on or before January 10, 2023);A minimum of 3 years-experience working in the field of Forensic Anthropology. This cumulative work experience must include at least one of the following: work in a criminal laboratory; operational experience with local, state or federal law enforcement agencies or Medical Examiner's Offices in support of their criminal investigations; work in a forensic anthropology research laboratory;Applicants must have publications in relevant forensic science peer reviewed journals/books;Relevant research experience in support of furthering the field of Forensic Anthropology and its application to the field of Forensic Science;In-depth knowledge of analytical techniques and data interpretation associated with forensic anthropology research and forensic science research in general;Experience in the use and operation of a wide array of instrumentation commonly used by Forensic Anthropologists practitioners as well as instrument maintenance and set-up, preparation and validation of reagents, controls and calibrators, reporting of test results, etc. in their field of expertise;Teaching experience either at the University level or in a professional capacity, like in services, conferences etc.;Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and a high level of integrity;Exceptional writing and speaking skills;Exceptional ability to liaison with external partners including state and federal agencies, COS partners, law enforcement agencies and private organizations to develop internships, specialized training, and career opportunities for students and secure external funding for research;Applicants must possess and demonstrate exceptional professional ethics and values in terms of behavior, the treatment of others, research and teaching;Exceptional interpersonal skills and conflict resolution skills, along with the ability to work well with others and be a team player; andEngagement in diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of professional work (teaching, mentoring, leadership, research, community engagement).Preferred Qualifications:Knowledge and experience in:Working at a Forensic Science Research and Training Laboratory, commonly referred to as a Body Farm;Applicants should have expert witness testimony experience in local, state and/or federal criminal courts;Analytical techniques and instrumentation in Scientific Data interpretation;Research methodology; statistical analysis and interpretation;Lab and case write-up skills;Experience in evidence collection, preservation and processing;Knowledge of principles and concepts of Forensic Science applications in addition to Forensic Anthropology;Case management and/or analysis experience;Proper methods to discard chemicals and biological materials;Experience with laboratory accreditation, safety program administration and knowledge of laboratory;Active memberships in relevant forensic science organizations like the American Academy of Forensic Science;Quality Assurance/Quality Control principles; andCurrent Valid Security clearance OR eligible for security clearances.About Us:The Forensic Science Program at George Mason University offers a master's degree, a graduate certificate, a bachelor's degree, and a minor in Forensic Science. Our programs prepare students for a rewarding career in federal, state, and local governments, laboratories, and provide advanced education for professionals currently in the field. Our full time and adjunct faculty members have operational Forensic Science field experience, and the program consists of nearly 350 undergraduate students, 100 graduate students, and 5 graduate assistants.Statement of Diversity:George Mason University College of Science (Mason Science) is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation, and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, philosophy of teaching statement, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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