Assistant Professor (Specialist) of Forensic Science-Chemistry or Forensic Science-Biology

San Antonio, Texas
Commensurate with Experience
Apr 17, 2019
May 17, 2019
Field of specialization
Job Type
Full time

The School of Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) at St. Mary’s University, a private, four-year Catholic Marianist university located in San Antonio, Texas, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Forensic Science, with the ability to teach a broad range of courses across an undergraduate Forensic Science curriculum.  The position is available to be filled immediately.  This position requires a Ph.D. at the time of appointment in Forensic Science, or Biology or Chemistry with a background in Forensic Science, and a commitment to excellence in teaching, research, program development and evaluation, teamwork, and service.  The successful candidate will have at least five years’ experience in higher education instruction and program development/evaluation, with strong teamwork skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.

The Forensic Science undergraduate program at St. Mary’s University was launched in 2010.  With support from a five-year U.S. Department of Education HSI-STEM grant awarded in September 2016, we are seeking to strengthen the Forensic Science-Chemistry and Forensic Science-Biology options, with a goal of seeking accreditation from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).  As part of this five-year grant, the successful candidate for this position will serve as the Forensic Science Specialist and work with grant staff, other faculty members, and department chairs to develop a revised undergraduate Forensic Science curriculum, revise existing courses, as well as develop and pilot (teach) new courses.  The Forensic Science Specialist will also work with grant staff to develop articulation agreements with local two-year colleges.  The Forensic Science Specialist will take the lead in preparing for FEPAC certification.  As a tenure-track Assistant Professor, the Forensic Science Specialist will be expected to fulfill the duties and expectations in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service in accordance with the university Faculty Handbook.  The Forensic Science Specialist position will be institutionalized over years 1-4 of the project, remaining at St. Mary’s as tenure-track program faculty after the grant is completed.   Opportunities for multi-disciplinary research exist within SET; for more information about the school, refer to the webpage at  The area of specialization and the assigned department for the Forensic Science Specialist will vary depending on the successful candidate’s background.  The successful candidate will demonstrate the following personal attributes: strong oral and written communication skills; highly organized; proactive; capable of working independently, yet able to work in a team; the ability to establish rapport with a range of constituents across the campus; and the ability to work with a diverse student body in a multicultural environment.

St. Mary’s is the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest, and continues to advocate the Marianist mission of academic excellence, service, leadership (  Founded in 1852 by the Society of Mary, St. Mary’s is a comprehensive Catholic and Marianist university with a strong tradition of integrating liberal arts with professional studies.  St. Mary’s enrolls 3,600 students in a diverse university setting with four schools, more than 40 academic programs including Ph.D. and J.D. programs, and numerous preprofessional programs.  Regardless of background, the successful candidate must be ready and willing to contribute to the advancement of the St. Mary’s educational mission (  St. Mary’s University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

The position is available to be filled immediately. For full consideration, applications should be received by May 31, 2019; however, applications will be considered until the position is filled.  Applications can be found at  Applicants should electronically submit the employment application, a cover letter, vita, teaching and research interest statement, evidence of experience with laboratory equipment in the areas of emphasis, and names and contact information of three references.  Please address all documentation to Dr. David R. Turner, Search Committee Chair.  Incomplete applications may not be considered.  Review of applications will begin on May 31, 2019 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and is accompanied by a strong benefits package.  St. Mary’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants are welcome, and we actively encourage minorities and women to apply.  Any offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a clear background check.