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Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: January 27, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems

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100330 - College of Business-Instruction

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About James Madison University


We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.

General Information

James Madison University's Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics (CIS & BSAN) is seeking an Assistant Professor for a tenure-track appointment beginning Fall 2023.

About the Department: The Department of CIS & BSAN is an academic unit within the College of Business and has 25 full-time faculty members, over 600 CIS majors, 100 CIS minors and more than 30 business analytics minors. The department offers rigorous curriculum spanning application development, information architecture, database management, cybersecurity, networking, business analytics, consulting, and systems analysis and design. Additionally, the Department supports the College by providing core business classes in information systems, business analytics, and operations management. The Department places a primary emphasis on its undergraduate programs with active learning, hands-on projects, laboratory exercises, case analyses, and engaging classroom experiences designed to prepare graduates to work independently and in team-oriented environments. The CIS program is one of 10 CIS programs in the country accredited by both AACSB and ABET.

In addition to high involvement in undergraduate education, departmental faculty members play a vital role in the delivery of the College's Executive Leadership MBA, Innovation MBA and Information Security MBA programs. Outside the academic community, faculty members maintain strong connections with the consulting industry in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Richmond and interact regularly with members of the department's Executive Advisory Board.

About the College: The AACSB-accredited College of Business includes nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs. Five years post-graduation, Virginia residents attending the College had the highest return-on-investment of the 82 business schools included in Poets & Quants 2017 undergraduate business program ranking. In 2018, the Information Security MBA was recognized as #1 in the nation for the Best Online Information Security MBA Programs, and #16 in the Princeton Review's list of the top 25 Online MBA Programs. The College includes the Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Professional Selling, Small Business Development Center, Capital Markets Lab, and other programs focused on outreach and engagement with the business community. Our very successful alumni hold C-suite positions at major corporations including SAP, Fidelity, Bank of America, IBM, McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, KPMG, and other Fortune 500 companies and readily engage with the College. The faculty are teacher-scholars who are collaborative and supportive colleagues. The College has approximately 4,100 students in its AACSB programs and is highly regarded across the JMU campus community.

Duties and Responsibilities

Candidates should be capable of teaching information systems courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and of performing scholarly work resulting in publications in quality peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will be expected to substantively engage in academic and community service for the department, college, university, and the profession. The department fosters a collegial and collaborative team environment that supports student success and faculty development and growth.

Normal course load is 3 courses per semester.


  • A PhD in information systems, computer science, information technology, cybersecurity or any closely related field is required by the end of the first semester of appointment.

  • Demonstrated evidence of the following is required: teaching effectiveness, constructive communication skills, and a commitment to quality scholarly research in IS and related disciplines.

  • Preference will be given to candidates whose teaching, scholarly work or industry experience spans technological, consulting and managerial areas.

  • The department seeks qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate interest or have successful experience teaching in two or more of these areas: cybersecurity, introduction to information systems, advanced database administration, application development, and programming (Python, C#, or Java).

    Conditions of Employment

    Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

    E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

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    EEO Statement

    James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

    We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

    Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

    Reasonable Accommodation Request

    If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or jobs@jmu.edu. You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.

    Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report

    Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
    The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

    The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

    The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically http://www.jmu.edu/publicsafety/clerycompliance/2018Annual-Security-and-Fire-Safety-Report.shtml

    You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.

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    Additional Posting Information

    Candidates interested in faculty positions at the University must complete the online employment application in the JMU JobLink system and upload the following documents through the site:

    • Cover letter which describes expression of interest in the position, teaching philosophy, and research interests

    • Curriculum vita

    • Names and contact information for three professional references

    • Statement of Inclusive Excellence that addresses professional actions, experiences and/or efforts related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or justice within their scholarly and/or teaching activities. The goal of this statement is to ensure applicants have a focus on inclusivity within their scholarly and/or teaching activities. Applicant statements must not focus on their personal values and personal experiences but must focus on their actions and experiences as they relate to diversity, equity, inclusion and/or justice.

      Incomplete applications or applications submitted through email or postal mail will not be considered. Additional materials may be requested later in the search process. The position is effective August of 2023.

      For search-related questions, candidates may contact Dr. Amy Connolly, Chair of the Search Committee, by email at conno3aj@jmu.edu.

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