Designing and Building the Forensic Scientist Pipeline: From Academic Instruction and Outreach to Hiring, Onboarding, Training, and Mentorship

Description:

Recruiting and hiring the best quality forensic scientist starts with developing a forensic mindset in students, providing current information for requirements for employment, and setting appropriate expectations. Post COVID low unemployment rates have decreased the availability of qualified candidates as many businesses and laboratories are now hiring. Recruiting the best candidates requires a pro-active approach, including designing and building a pipeline from academic institutions to the forensic laboratory. Once hired, young scientists must be effectively onboarded and trained, hand in hand with the new supervisors that must train and manage them.

Our experienced faculty will create and deliver an interactive workshop, combining their content, examples and exercises with discussions and networking, to share ways to design and build an effective forensic scientist pipeline. This workshop will also include a sharing and brainstorming session to bring real and specific shared challenges from workshop participants to the peer group for illustration, advice and solution generation.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn strategies for creating a forensic pipeline from academic institutions to your forensic laboratory to develop and recruit the best workforce.
  2. Learn about outreach programs and their key aspects for developing and identifying good forensic scientist candidates.
  3. Learn strategies for effective onboarding of new forensic scientist hires.
  4. Learn strategies for effective training and mentorship for new forensic scientists and supervisors.
  5. Interact with experienced laboratory administrators and forensic experts.
  6. Learn common challenges faced by other workshop participants.

 

Intended Audience:

This workshop is intended for technical leaders, trainers, managers, supervisors and those interested in recruiting, hiring, onboarding and training the best and brightest forensic workforce for their DNA laboratory. Some knowledge required.

Description:

Recruiting and hiring the best quality forensic scientist starts with developing a forensic mindset in students, providing current information for requirements for employment, and setting appropriate expectations. Post COVID low unemployment rates have decreased the availability of qualified candidates as many businesses and laboratories are now hiring. Recruiting the best candidates requires a pro-active approach, including designing and building a pipeline from academic institutions to the forensic laboratory. Once hired, young scientists must be effectively onboarded and trained, hand in hand with the new supervisors that must train and manage them.

Our experienced faculty will create and deliver an interactive workshop, combining their content, examples and exercises with discussions and networking, to share ways to design and build an effective forensic scientist pipeline. This workshop will also include a sharing and brainstorming session to bring real and specific shared challenges from workshop participants to the peer group for illustration, advice and solution generation.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn strategies for creating a forensic pipeline from academic institutions to your forensic laboratory to develop and recruit the best workforce.
  2. Learn about outreach programs and their key aspects for developing and identifying good forensic scientist candidates.
  3. Learn strategies for effective onboarding of new forensic scientist hires.
  4. Learn strategies for effective training and mentorship for new forensic scientists and supervisors.
  5. Interact with experienced laboratory administrators and forensic experts.
  6. Learn common challenges faced by other workshop participants.

 

Intended Audience:

This workshop is intended for technical leaders, trainers, managers, supervisors and those interested in recruiting, hiring, onboarding and training the best and brightest forensic workforce for their DNA laboratory. Some knowledge required.

Pricing:


  • Standard Registration$345

Fee includes breakfast, lunch, breaks and handouts.

Workshop currently at capacity. A waitlist is available to join on our registration page.

Brought to you by

Worldwide Association of Women Forensic Experts

Chair

Ray Wickenheiser

Director for the New York State Police Crime Lab System

Dr. Ray Wickenheiser is currently the Director for the New York State Police Crime Lab System, headquartered in Albany, New York. He is also a Past President of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) and the 2022 Briggs J. White Ward recipient . Ray has over 38 years of forensic science experience, with 21 of those as a Crime Lab Director in local and State Crime Laboratories. His areas of expertise include crime lab administration, quality management, forensic DNA, serology, hair and fiber trace evidence, physical matching and comparison, glass fracture analysis, forensic grain comparison and genetic genealogy. Ray is currently the Chair of the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science.

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John Collins

High-Stakes Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach at Critical Victories

John Collins is a High-Stakes Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach at Critical Victories, a company he founded to help people, teams, and organizations thrive in high-pressure environments where perfection is an expectation and failure is a ticket out the door.  He is also among the most respected forensic experts in the United States, recently publishing his first book on leadership and management in forensic science, which was released by Academic Press just last month. 

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Pamela Marshall

Director, Duquesne University

Dr. Marshall has extensive graduate and undergraduate teaching experience in the forensic disciplines of serology, DNA, and microscopy. Her research interests include low copy number DNA, human and wildlife DNA identification challenges, nanoparticle technology, pressure cycling technology, and PCR enhancement.

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Julie Conover Sikorsky

Forensic Scientist Supervisor, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Julie Conover Sikorsky is a Forensic Scientist Supervisor, a.k.a. Forensic Biology Unit Manager, at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has been employed by the PBSO for over twenty years, first as a Senior Forensic Scientist, then as the manager of the FBU. Julie is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and ABC certified in molecular biology.

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