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Assistant Professor - Life-Span Human Development

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Position Information

Working Title Assistant Professor - Life-Span Human Development
Position Number 1646
Posting Number F1055
Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Health and Behavioral Studies
Department 100053 - Psychology
Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience
Specify Range or Amount
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 Psychology at James Madison University is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin August 2018 who can skillfully teach 300-student sections of Life-Span Human Development.

The Department of Psychology is committed to educating our students in and contributing to the science of Psychology. To that end, we welcome applicants who can contribute to students’ understanding of the diversity of development, and who can create an inclusive learning environment through their teaching, research, and service. Psychology faculty are expected to be productive in scholarship, serve as academic advisors to psychology majors, and contribute to service activities of the department and university. We also value other strengths that candidates might bring. Our faculty work to provide engaging learning experiences for students, including research opportunities, study abroad experiences, service learning, and other opportunities. Many of our faculty contribute to the discipline of psychology through service and leadership in professional organizations. We welcome colleagues who will contribute to our mission to engage students in learning and to contribute to the science of psychology in these and other ways.

Psychology significantly contributes to the campus-wide General Education program, serving over 5,000 students each year. Psychology is among the most popular majors on campus, serving approximately 1,000 students. JMU emphasizes instructional innovation at both the classroom and program levels, data-driven approaches to instructional improvement, and engaged learning experiences for undergraduates. The Department of Psychology faculty are strong contributors to these efforts. Additional information about psychology at JMU is available at

The Department of Psychology has a commitment to diversity. Individuals who are prepared to help our students learn about the role of culture in the development and expression of individual and social behavior are strongly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

Ideal candidates will have broad expertise and the skills necessary to produce engaging large-enrollment courses. The Lifespan Development course fulfills the sociocultural domain of our General Education Program, Cluster 5 ( As such, it promotes reflection on personal responsibilities to diverse communities within which people function throughout life. The faculty member in this position will be expected to develop an active program of scholarship. Occasional course instruction and supervision of graduate students enrolled in JMU’s M.A. in Psychological Sciences Program may also be possible.


The minimum qualifications for this position include: Doctoral degree in psychology; prior college teaching experience; strong interest in undergraduate instruction and knowledge of best practices in psychology pedagogy; and documented history of scholarship. Experience with addressing diversity issues in teaching and advising, research, and/or service is preferred.

Criminal Background Check

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

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 10/02/2017
Beginning Review Date 11/10/2017
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 go to and reference posting number F1055 and complete a faculty profile and attach the following: (1) Letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, and (4) description of research program and plans (Other Document #1). In the statement of teaching philosophy, applicants should describe the strategies they will use in teaching 300-student sections. They should also include information about how they will promote an understanding of the diverse contexts of human development in their teaching and/or research statements. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience, should describe how they expect to further the Department’s commitment to diversity. Review of applications will begin November 10, 2017 and will continue until suitable candidates are found.

The names and contact information for three references will be requested as part of the application. Each reference listed will receive an email requesting that they submit a reference through the JobLink system.

Questions about the position should be directed to the Search Chair, Dr. Claire Lyons (; 540/568-7660). Questions regarding application procedures should be directed to Cathy Fisher (; 540/568-2555).

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Other Document #1
Optional Documents

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