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Environmental Data Science Faculty Cohort (Four Positions)

Company: James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg
Posted on: November 18, 2022

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Working Title
Environmental Data Science Faculty Cohort (Four Positions)

Position Number
1697, 8038, 8180, 8262

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Instructional Faculty - Full Time

Position Status
Full Time

College of Science and Mathematics

100129 - Dean - College of Science and Math

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Commensurate with Experience

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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 (JMU) invites applications for an exciting collaborative environmental data science cohort hire. The cohort hires will consist of four tenure-track faculty at rank of assistant or associate professor who will work collaboratively across disciplines to develop undergraduate curricula and research programs at the intersection of data science, climate science, and environmental analytics. One or more of the four positions could be teacher-scholar post-doctoral appointments. Successful candidates will possess the expertise, creative ability, interdisciplinary problem-solving skills, and team-oriented work ethic to establish James Madison University as a home for environmental data science curricula and research. Given that many of the challenges facing the environment differentially affect particular populations of humans, a critical component of this cohort would be the integration of social justice into curricula and research initiatives.

Successful candidates will have primary appointments in an academic unit most aligned with their disciplinary focus. These include Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology and Environmental Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM), as well as Computer Science, Engineering, Geography, and Integrated Science and Technology in the College of Integrated Science and Engineering (CISE). At least two of the appointments will be in the academic unit of Mathematics and Statistics and would be involved in the development of a data science program at JMU.

The Colleges of (CSM) and (CISE) provide a solid foundation for this cohort initiative. CSM is a vibrant college with 168 full-time faculty and about 1500 full-time majors, and has established collaborations with faculty and departments in other JMU colleges. CISE, JMU's newest college, includes 89 full-time faculty and nearly 1900 majors across its three applied science and technology units. Faculty across the colleges are passionate about using high impact pedagogies and providing research experiences for undergraduates, as well as high quality experiences for graduate students in some programs. Cross-disciplinary collaborations in teaching and research include a major and Materials Science minor (both offered by CSM and CISE), a , (offered by CSM, CISE and College of Arts and Letters), and courses. CSM, CISE, and other colleges host a variety of research and outreach-focused centers that work with faculty and students as well as with the community. JMU excels in global education and community engagement, and is deeply committed to student and faculty diversity, with a focus on enhancing inclusivity and belonging.

Duties and Responsibilities
Teaching responsibilities could include introductory and upper division undergraduate courses, laboratory courses, and graduate courses. Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate an ability to develop and teach one or more courses on databases and data structures. Successful candidates are expected to initiate and maintain an active research program involving students. Collaboration with other cohort hires and faculty in other fields is expected.

Applicants will have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline or field, and the potential for vibrant, collaborative teaching and scholarship at our primarily undergraduate institution. Consideration will be given to ABDs at the advanced dissertation stage that exhibit particularly compelling records.

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 . 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
Applications will be submitted electronically, and must include, at a minimum:

  • a CV
  • the names and contact information of at least three references
  • a Statement of Inclusive Excellence that documents the applicant's commitment to, and experience in, building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and scholarly environment that involves undergraduate students. (uploaded as "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Philosophy Statement")
  • a cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses three areas: 1. The applicant's teaching interests, 2. the applicant's scholarship interests, and 3. how the applicant could contribute to collaboratively building curricula and research in data science, climate science, and environmental analytics.

    Additional materials, such as teaching and research statements, may be requested at a later date.

    For more information, contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Steven Whitmeyer (email: ).

Keywords: James Madison University, Harrisonburg , Environmental Data Science Faculty Cohort (Four Positions), Other , Harrisonburg, Virginia

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