Heather McKiernan, CFSRE
Co-chair of Bid Committee
Heather E. McKiernan is an experienced forensic researcher and practioner. She has served as the Interim/Assistant Director for the Master’s Program at Arcadia University for four years where she taught the forensic biology content for the MSFS program and was responsible for academic degree development.
Ms. McKiernan maintains an adjunct appointment at Arcadia University and now serves as the Director of the Center for Forensic Science Research & Education. In this role, she has developed partnerships between the Center and other local universities to provide professional science master’s degree options in forensic science and develops continuing education courses for forensic science professionals and the legal community. Having developed a suite of engaging workshops, online training courses, internships, and certiﬁcate programs, she has worked on all aspects of course planning from development of marketing materials, promotion, identifying sponsorship opportunities, negotiating with venues, and budgeting to development of the scientiﬁc program. In addition to these appointments, Ms. McKiernan serves as a private forensic biology consultant and is currently an NIJ funded research scientist working in the area of forensic proteomics and genetic proﬁling of challenging sample types. Ms. McKiernan is a member of many professional organizations in forensic science including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the International Society of Forensic Genetics (ISFG) and the Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE). In recognition of her contributions to the ﬁeld, she was elected President of COFSE in 2012.