Faculty Vacancies

Vacancy - Program Director Forensic Chemical Science

Recruitment Number 1560814

Washburn University invites applications for a Forensic Chemical Science Program Director tenure-track position at the associate professor level beginning August 1, 2015. A new Kansas Bureau of Investigation forensic laboratory, including instrument labs,  teaching and research facilities for undergraduates, is being built on the Washburn campus and scheduled for occupancy in the fall, 2015.


  • Teaching opportunities include teaching forensic science survey courses, coordinating forensic science seminars, and teaching/coordinating forensic science laboratories.
  • Administrative responsibilities include advising and recruiting students, overseeing internships, accreditation, interdisciplinary outreach, attending conferences, and establishing strong working relations with the professional forensic science community.
  • Research opportunities involve working with undergraduates, collaborating with forensic science labs, and developing a program of research.  

Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must meet minimum FEPAC requirements for an undergraduate Program Director: Minimum of a Master's degree or professional degree appropriate for a forensic chemical science program, and at least three years relevant experience as a forensic-science practitioner in an operational forensic science laboratory setting (the three years not including any training period); OR earned doctorate in chemistry or related science field and three years' experience as an academic forensic scientist that includes appropriate educational, research and service contributions to forensic chemical science or an equivalent experience in a forensic laboratory.  Board certification, where relevant, and teaching/administrative experience are desirable.

How to Apply:  Send a letter of application, vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of personal teaching philosophy, an outline of research plans –  especially those that would involve undergraduates, and the names and contact information of three professional references to Joyce Hutchins, Washburn University, 1700 College Ave., Topeka KS 66621. Applications are due October 27, 2014. Applications received after this date may be considered. The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check prior to hire.  Washburn University is an EOE. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  http://www.washburn.edu/