2023-2886: Faculty, Geological Sciences (Forensic Geology), Full-Time, Temporary AY 2024-2025

The Geological Sciences and Criminal Justice departments at Salem State University invite applicants for a full-time temporary joint position beginning September 2024. We seek a forensic geoscientist with expertise in earth materials, modern analytical technologies, and/or criminal investigations who will complement the research and undergraduate teaching expertise of our present departments. This position is part of a Salem State initiative to help advance our forward-thinking geoscience curriculum, including a growing Forensic Geoscience major and Forensic Science minor. The position may be reappointed for up to two additional years subject to available funding, and with continued growth of the program it is expected there may be additional tenure track lines in the departments.

Our departments have a strong commitment to the inclusion and engagement of our growing population of diverse students. We seek candidates who will successfully serve as mentors and role models for students belonging to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the geological sciences. Teaching assignments will vary based upon the expertise of the candidate and programmatic needs but may include: Forensic Geology; introductory general education courses in the geosciences; Upper-level applied geoscience and major elective courses in the candidate's area of expertise and in support of the Forensic Geoscience major; senior research advisor.

Salem State University is committed to excellence in teaching. We pride ourselves in providing first-rate classroom experiences and supervising intensive learning opportunities such as research and internships. Many of our students are first-generation, racial/ethnic minorities, veterans, and adult learners. Salem State University is located in the Greater Boston area in the historic city of Salem, Massachusetts. The Greater Boston region is famous for its world-class education, healthcare, and business enterprises and the area offers numerous opportunities for professional and personal enrichment.

Candidates are required to perform duties in accordance with the MSCA contract. Duties include teaching, advising, and contributions to continuously improve the department and university. The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. The position is subject to available funding.

Required Qualifications:

  1. PhD or ABD in the geological sciences; and if ABD, doctorate must be conferred by August 2024
  2. Expertise in geology and Earth materials
  3. Expertise in advanced analytical techniques and/or criminalistics
  4. Teaching experience and familiarity with modern pedagogical techniques in the geosciences and/or criminalistics/criminal justice

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Expertise in forensic geology and criminal investigations including but not limited to microscopy, geochemistry, remote sensing, and geophysical investigations
  2. Industry experience in the applied fields of geological sciences as it applies to the fields of geological sciences and criminal justice
  3. Desire and ability to develop an externally funded, undergraduate-friendly research program
  4. Experience with and passion for teaching undergraduate students
  5. Experience with undergraduate research
  6. Record of scholarly research in the geological sciences and preferably also in forensics
  7. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Salem State University seeks to enrich the faculty/librarian ranks by actively encouraging candidates whose lived and scholarly experiences directly address issues regarding the health, welfare, and representation of Latinx populations in the United States. Candidates who meet this strongly desired qualification should present documented activities in Latinx-related teaching, scholarship/research, and service, including community-based endeavors in each of these three areas.

Working Conditions:
Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. For accommodation information or requests please email eo-hr@salemstate.edu.

This is an on-site, in-person position.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please apply online and attach curriculum vitae, cover letter, and (unofficial) transcripts. Completed application materials submitted by January 15, 2024 will receive full consideration, and evaluation will continue until the position is filled.

For those attending, we plan to meet with interested candidates at the 2023 GSA Annual Meeting in Pittsburg, PA. If you have questions about the position, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Sara Mana (smana@salemstate.edu), Search Committee Chair.

Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university.

This position is not eligible for H1B visa sponsorship.

EEO Statement:
Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may be removed at any time and additional applications will not be accepted.

posted: 28 September 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.