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Forensic Institute for Research and Education, Director and Research-Track Faculty

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Work Type: Faculty - Research Track
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Categories: Psychology and Human/Social/Protective Services

Job Title

Forensic Institute for Research and Education, Director and Research-Track Faculty


Forensic Institute for Res and Educ

University Expectation

MTSU seeks candidates who are committed to innovative teaching, and meaningful service. We also seek to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with a diverse student body.

Job Summary/Basic Function

MTSU's College of Liberal Arts seeks a research professor and director for its Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) who is an internationally recognized forensic scientist with a strong record of scholarship in forensic anthropology. This is a 12 month appointment with a start date as early as July 1, 2021. Applicants must be eligible to meet the criteria for the rank of professor. Position contingent upon funding.

The director will provide leadership in the development and implementation of research, education and community service goals. The director will enthusiastically seek to bring positive regional, national and international attention to FIRE and MTSU through research, forensic activities and partnerships with external organizations, and through the implementation of nationally and internationally accepted standards related to accreditation and certification. The director of FIRE, while housed in the College of Liberal Arts, will strive to bring a forensic emphasis to the university as a whole by working to assist other colleges in forensic endeavors. The successful candidate will seek funding sources to enhance and expand FIRE’s goals and objectives. Responsibilities will include supervising staff, overseeing budgets, and providing support to and direct involvement with campus forensic organizations, such as the Forensic Anthropology Search and Recovery (FASR) Team, and the Middle Tennessee Forensic Science Society (MTFSS). The director will be required to teach one course per semester. The director’s community service will involve educating the public on the forensic sciences through activities, such as the William M. Bass Legends in Forensic Science Lectureship and CSI:MTSU, a summer forensic camp designed to allow high school students to explore the varied career possibilities in forensic science. The director will seek opportunities to provide training in the form of lectures and workshops to forensic science, law enforcement and medico-legal groups at the county, state, and national level. The director will pursue opportunities to provide direct service to law enforcement (such as assisting with skeletal scene processing) and to medical examiners (such as skeletal analysis) in order to provide experiential learning experiences for the FASR team and other university students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Required Education

Terminal degree in anthropology

Required Related Experience

• A minimum of 10 years of administrative experience in upper-level management within an applied forensic science setting
• A minimum of 5 years of experience working with national and international forensic science organizations

Required License/Registration/Certification

Board Certification by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology

Other Desirables

Applicants who have any of the following will receive special consideration:

• Active member within the American Academy of Forensic Sciences as demonstrated by (currently or previously) serving on committees or as an officer.
• Demonstrated ability for securing funding (grants, contracts, and/or philanthropic).
• Demonstrated ability in teaching forensic anthropology and/or forensic sciences at universities and/or forensic workshops.
• Experience in forensic laboratory settings.
• Demonstrated knowledge of diverse forensic science specialties.
• Demonstrated ability to build internal and external partnerships.
• Active membership within national/international forensic-related organizations.

Documents Needed to Apply

In order to successfully apply, applicants are required to include a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Research Statement, and a statement of Teaching Philosophy at the time of online application.

Special Instruction to Applicants 

If you need help in applying, please contact the Faculty Recruitment Specialist at (615) 898-5128.

If you have position specific questions, please contact Karla Barnes at

MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Application Review Date: 04/19/2021

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