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Assistant Professor – Department of Engineering

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Position Information

Working Title Assistant Professor – Department of Engineering
Position Number 6403, 7377, 7125
Posting Number F1032
Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Integrated Science and Engineering
Department 100590 - Department of Engineering
Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience
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Is this a JMU only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? No

Position Summary Information

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: engages with ideas and the world.

Who We Are
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. 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. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.

General Information

The Department of Engineering at James Madison University invites applicants who strive to be world-class, undergraduate engineering faculty for three open tenure-track Assistant Professor positions to start in August 2018. All fields of engineering will be considered.

The innovative Madison Engineering program is a community of scholars from across the engineering disciplines, committed to learning, excellence, respect, collaboration and generosity. Launched in 2008, the program offers a single ABET-accredited bachelor’s degree in engineering crafted to engage students and stakeholders in the creation of solutions that benefit society. The curriculum integrates coursework in engineering design, engineering science, sustainability, engineering management and the liberal arts, features curriculum-spanning design projects, and culminates in a two-year-long engineering capstone project. Successful applicants will be able to teach throughout our undergraduate curriculum.

Currently the department has 15 full-time faculty members, approximately 420 students, and 7 staff members. Our strengths include a dedicated, energetic, collegial and diverse faculty, an engaged and invested student body, and strong administrative support. A typical teaching responsibility is five course sections per academic year, and mentoring one junior and one senior capstone project team. More information about the program, curriculum, faculty, and students can be found at Our annual symposium, the Madison Engineering xChange, showcases the breadth of student project opportunities (see

Duties and Responsibilities

Compelling candidates will capitalize on university-wide initiatives (ethical reasoning; creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship; community and civic engagement; and sustainability) and departmental strategic initiatives (product design and innovation; process innovation; sustainable infrastructure; computation and data science; and engineering innovation). JMU values collaboration among academic units and provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary, team-based teaching and scholarship. We value effective undergraduate teaching, as well as engaging students through project, research, and other professional development experiences.


A Ph.D. in any engineering discipline or a related field is required of all applicants. Experience outside academia is strongly desired.

Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice

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

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 09/08/2017
Beginning Review Date 10/09/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 08/25/2018
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.

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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 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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Additional Posting Information

To apply, complete the faculty profile and attach the following:
(1) Cover letter (describe how you see yourself contributing to our engineering program),
(2) Curriculum Vitae (CV),
(3) Statement of teaching goals, experience, potential collaboration opportunities, the core courses you would like to teach and additional co-curricular activities or courses you think would enhance our undergraduate program (Other Document #1), and
(4) Statement of scholarly goals, experience and potential collaboration opportunities (Other Document #2).

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Other Document #1
  4. Other Document #2
Optional Documents

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