Often times, students choose a college or major without understanding much about who might be instructing them and guiding their educational experience. We’d like to change that. While we can’t feasibly profile every forensics professor out there, we certainly aim to surface the best ones. To that end, we’ve carved out this section of our blog to host a growing collection of “top professors” lists, each researched and curated by the ForensicsColleges.com staff. Since every top forensic professor relies on the support of a college or university, we take care to identify each professor’s institution and department as part of their profile. We also describe why they made the list – was it a novel approach, student achievement, exceptional social connectedness, cutting edge forensics research, or a clever application of new instructional technologies that made them stand out?
At any crime scene, tiny bits of information can be the difference between freedom and a life behind bars. From blood spatter patterns to DNA sequencing, forensic biology is the incredible field where crimes are analyzed at a molecular level.
When there is only half a sandwich as crime scene evidence, forensic chemists are the best source for getting real criminal data. Whether it's new ways to collect hair and blood samples, or developing the most cutting edge technologies for lifting and analyzing fingerprints, forensic chemists are the people who are on the front lines of how we capture criminals.
With criminal justice being an issue that pervades all levels of society and indeed all reaches of the world, those that teach and study it have the opportunity to contribute in many different ways.
The job of an arson investigator is essential when it comes to determining the cause of any suspicious fire. Arson investigators may work for fire departments, law enforcement agencies, or even insurance companies. While most training was once done "on the job" the tides have since shifted towards more formal, academic training in investigative procedures and fire science.
Crime scene investigators have an impact out in the field, but also in the lab and even in the courtroom, providing testimony or expert opinion. The crime scene investigator (CSI) professors on our list of top 15 come from a variety of backgrounds with many, but not all, having extensive service in law enforcement or for a police agency.
Cybersecurity may seem like a sophisticated concept, and indeed takes on many forms. This can include strategies for protecting identities and private information on the web as well as making the transference of information more secure on e-commerce sites. Our list of Top 15 Cybersecurity Professors includes those teaching and researching in the field or doing both.
DNA analysts look at the bodily fluids, blood and hair follicles found at a crime scene with the purpose of trying to connect these pieces of evidence back to a suspect. Generally, they work in crime labs and have an education founded in genetics, forensic science, molecular biology or a similar field.
Forensic pathologists bring their considerable expertise to bear on cases that rely on their medical and investigative training to determine cause of injury, death, or disease, and whether a case is worthy of criminal investigation. While the academic path to become a forensic pathologist can be long and arduous, the career can be a rewarding one, as pathology is so essential to the realization of justice.