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Lecturer of Forensic Investigation

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Work type: Academic Staff - 9 Month Terminal
Location: Platteville
Categories: Criminal Justice

Position Summary:

The Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville invites applications for Lecturer in Forensic Investigation. This is a full-time, 9-month, benefits eligible position with a salary range of $41,000 - $44,000 beginning in August 2024.

Candidates should be able to teach some combination of offered courses including Survey of Forensic Sciences and either Fingerprinting or Criminalistics.

The ideal candidate would be a criminalist with laboratory or field experience who could contribute to curriculum development as we apply for FEPAC accreditation.


  • The successful candidate will have a demonstrated competency teaching some combination of Forensic Investigation degree core courses (e.g., Survey of Forensic Sciences, Crime Scene Documentation, Forensic Criminology, or Forensic Investigation Research Methods), as well as either Fingerprint Analysis and Other Biometrics or Criminalistics courses. The typical teaching load for a full-time lecturer is 5 courses per semester.
    • Preference will be given to candidates with professional field and/or laboratory experience and to candidates with teaching experience.
  • Ability to engage modern pedagogy to teach undergraduate students through a classroom settings.
  • Ability to effectively interact and collaborate with colleagues to complete department tasks (attend meetings, reply to emails, participate in department events, etc.) and goals. 

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Master's degree or higher in Forensic Science, Physical Science, Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Computer Science, Statistics, or other discipline relevant to the candidate's experience as it relates to Forensic Investigation.
  • Strong commitment to undergraduate education in a liberal arts environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for professional engagement with students in and out of the classroom.
  • Ability to collaborate with both students and faculty in a collegial environment.

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

The Department of Criminal Justice & Forensic Investigation’s Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Education have 5 full-time tenure-track positions and regularly employs an additional 8 instructional academic staff. The undergraduate program offers a BA/BS in Criminal Justice and BS in Forensic Investigation. The graduate program offers a MS in Criminal Justice.

The Forensic Investigation program has the Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House (FICSH), the Decomposition/Taphonomy facility adjoining the FICSH, a criminalistics/fingerprinting lab, and a dry forensic anthropology lab. With around 320 majors, the Forensic Investigation program is the third largest on campus.

In February 2024, we applied for FEPAC accreditation for all three of the Forensic Investigation degree emphases (Crime Scene, Medicolegal Death Investigation, and Laboratory).

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:

To ensure full consideration applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal and received by July 15, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • Additional documents as needed

Incomplete applications will not be considered. For questions regarding this position, please contact: Dr. Will LeSuer, Department Chair, 608-342-1033 or 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student, or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.

The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will provided reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices. The University is committed to a program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation. Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to Human Resources.

Each individual associated with the University is called upon to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that fosters mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment opportunity through affirmative action.

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Annual Security & Annual Fire Safety Report is available for review. Call the UW-Platteville Campus Police Office at 608.342.1584 for a paper copy of the annual report.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

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