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Assistant/Associate Professor - Integrated Science & Technology (Computing)

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: January 22, 2023

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Assistant/Associate Professor - Integrated Science & Technology (Computing)

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Instructional Faculty - Full Time

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100060 - Integrated Science and Technology

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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 School of Integrated Sciences (SIS) at James Madison University (JMU) seeks a new full-time tenure-track colleague at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. This person will join the Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) faculty in August 2023 and support the Applied Computing concentration within the major.

The ISAT Program is a unique ABET-accredited, multidisciplinary, applied science program with roughly 300 undergraduate majors. ISAT prepares graduates with modern problem-solving skills through the strategic integration of technology, natural and social sciences, humanities, and systems thinking. ISAT emphasizes holistic problem-solving approaches to define and address complex problems using science, technology, and social systems.

Students in the ISAT Program declare a concentration in one of six areas: Applied Computing, Applied Biotechnology, Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems, and Public Interest Technology & Science. This novel curricular framework makes for an exciting, supportive, and interdisciplinary academic culture, enabling faculty and students to grow into new areas of expertise and flourish within our inclusive community. Faculty come together around a shared passion for impactful and socially-engaged STEM education and scholarship.

In addition to the ISAT Program, the School of Integrated Sciences is home to undergraduate degrees in Intelligence Analysis and Geography, offering rich opportunities to collaborate across these globally-minded programs. And, with a Master's Degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability in partnership, our new colleague will be invited to teach at the graduate level.

Duties and Responsibilities

Our new colleague will teach a variety of required and elective courses in the ISAT-Applied Computing area of the curriculum. These courses emphasize deconstructing and solving problems using computational thinking applied to data analysis, modeling and simulation, databases, knowledge-based systems, and/or building and implementing web apps and mobile apps. Evolving topics may include Database Design, SQL, Data Science, Agile Software Development, Python, and Data Visualization. Course and program-level curricular design and development is supported and encouraged. A typical teaching load is three courses per semester.

In addition to excellence in undergraduate teaching, the position requires an active scholarly program (research and/or application) that enriches and engages faculty and students in one or more of ISAT's concentration areas (See "General Information"). For example, ISAT faculty work with students on multi-year undergraduate capstone projects. These projects provide opportunities for teams of students and faculty to explore, develop, and expand scholarly interests. Excellence in scholarship involves active participation and contribution to one or more external scholarly communities.

All faculty participate in service activities to support the school, college, and university. Community engagement is highly encouraged.


A terminal degree in a relevant academic discipline and demonstrated expertise is required for a tenure-track appointment; ABD candidates are encouraged to apply. Candidates with a graduate degree and substantial experience in the field are welcomed and would be eligible for a renewable term appointment.

We are particularly interested in new colleagues specializing in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Big Data Engineering, Databases, Data Mining, Data Visualization, Data Analytics, Computational Sciences, Data Science, Software Engineering, or Application Development. A strong understanding of issues related to data ethics would be a plus.

Our new colleague will embrace the interdisciplinary nature of the school by actively seeking opportunities to collaborate across program and/or concentration boundaries, and by leading the school into innovative applications of computing, data science, and pedagogy. Candidates must demonstrate a strong potential for teaching undergraduates, an ability to contribute to the ISAT-Applied Computing curriculum, and a demonstrated commitment to scholarship involving students. Strong candidates will demonstrate an ability to work across disciplines and a commitment to collegiality, equity, and inclusivity. These qualities support ISAT and University goals of integrating diverse perspectives and removing barriers to participation.

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.

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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.

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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 should complete the online application and provide:
1. A detailed cover letter that explains how the candidate's qualifications fit the position requirements and stated ISAT values.2. CV3. Statement of Inclusive Excellence. This statement should address the applicant's efforts towards diversity, equity, inclusion and/or justice, to demonstrate a focus on inclusivity within the applicant's scholarly and/or teaching activities. The statement should not focus on personal values and personal experiences, but rather on actions and experiences as they relate to inclusivity in scholarly and/or teaching activities (and/or workplace activities, as relevant) (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Philosophy Statement).4. Description of student-centered teaching and mentoring philosophy and methods (Other Document #1).5. Summary of current research/scholarly activities and interests (Other Document #2).

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