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Associate Dean, College of Integrated Science and Engineering

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: January 20, 2023

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Associate Dean, College of Integrated Science and Engineering

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Instructional Faculty - Full Time

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Full Time


College of Integrated Science and Engineering


100653 - Dean - CISE

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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

The College of Integrated Science and Engineering (CISE) at James Madison University seeks a dynamic and service-minded colleague and leader for a newly created Associate Dean position. CISE is a vibrant and connected community of faculty, staff and students in applied STEM programs developing creative solutions to critical global challenges like sustainability. With hands-on learning, student-led research and coursework that integrates science and society, CISE works across disciplinary boundaries in forward-looking educational programs. We seek an energetic leader who complements our values of actively promoting inclusion of all CISE community members and nurturing academic excellence in a wide range of academic fields.

Our new Associate Dean will join a collaborative, effective college leadership team of the CISE Dean and existing Associate Dean to advance the mission of the college and its three academic units (Computer Science, Engineering, and the School of Integrated Sciences). The new Associate Dean will hold a range of responsibilities described below; the specific portfolio will be determined according to the successful candidate's strengths and areas of interest. The position is a tenure-eligible, 12-month instructional faculty position at JMU with the administrative appointment of Associate Dean (https://www.jmu.edu/academic-affairs/_documents/policies/aapolicy-13.pdf).

Duties and Responsibilities

Flexibility, reliability and aptitude for learning quickly are key characteristics for our new Associate Dean; we do not expect that candidates will have had previous experience in all duties listed below. The CISE Associate Deans report to the Dean, serve as members of the College leadership team, act in an advisory capacity to the Dean, represent the College on University committees and may teach as needed. The duties below will be shared between the existing and new Associate Dean according to the strengths of the new hire.

The successful candidate will work with the College leadership to champion diversity and inclusion initiatives; support curriculum initiatives at undergraduate and graduate levels; implement enrollment, recruitment and marketing strategies; facilitate faculty development and student success programs (e.g., scholarships, academic suspension and probation); facilitate the class scheduling process; oversee College events; manage the building infrastructure; ensure compliance needs are met; and supervise office staff. The Associate Deans provide other services as requested by the Dean.


Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree and the experience and qualifications appropriate for the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The candidate's Ph.D. or other terminal degree should be in a field of expertise directly related to at least one of the disciplines represented within the College of Integrated Sciences and Engineering. Candidates with program assessment experience in academic environments and knowledge of current trends in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates will demonstrate their potential for:

  • Providing leadership and supporting the development of effective teams

  • Exhibiting excellent interpersonal communication skills (writing, speaking, listening for understanding, empathy efforts, openness to new ideas)

  • Developing creative solutions with strong attention to detail and organization

    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 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 or expression, 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

    To apply, please complete to JobLink application and submit:

  • 3-4 page cover letter that includes comments on the applicant's undergraduate teaching and research experiences as well as their qualifications for this leadership position;

  • curriculum vitae;

  • names and contact information for three professional references;

  • statement of leadership philosophy (uploaded as "Other Document #1"); and

  • statement that addresses their experience and vision for diversity, equity and inclusion ("uploaded as "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Philosophy Statement").

    Review of applications will begin January 10, 2023. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Amanda Sanson (sansonag@jmu.edu), Search Committee Chair.

Keywords: James Madison University, Harrisonburg , Associate Dean, College of Integrated Science and Engineering, Engineering , Harrisonburg, Virginia

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