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Assistant Professor - Mineralogist

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Position Information

Working Title Assistant Professor - Mineralogist
Position Number 1173
Posting Number F1045
Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Science and Mathematics
Department 100024 - Geology and Environmental Science
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

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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 Geology and Environmental Science at James Madison University seeks applications for an environmental mineralogist at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level to begin August 2018.

The department has 16 full-time faculty, 3 part-time lecturers, 1 staff member, and approximately 120 undergraduate majors. Degree options include a BS in Geology, a BA in Earth Science, and minors in Geology and in Geophysics. Our curriculum is recognized for its strong foundation in core geoscience disciplines, field study, and undergraduate research. More about the department can be found at

More information on equipment housed in the department (including IRMS, XRD, SEM/EDS, FTIR, Raman, and handheld XRF) can be found at

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will teach mineralogy and is encouraged to contribute to the design of earth materials and environmental curricula. Teaching responsibilities will also include introductory general education science and upper-division geoscience courses. Preferred areas of research include, but are not limited to, mineral-focused studies in the critical zone, biomineralization, and low-temperature geochemistry.


A Ph.D. in geosciences or related field is required at the time of employment. We seek a colleague who is committed to excellence in teaching and research involving undergraduates, and who will maintain an active research program.

Successful candidates will provide evidence of their ability to work within a collegial scholarly environment. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who have a demonstrated commitment towards building an equitable and diverse academic community.

The ability to utilize existing analytical equipment and collections including the Mineral Museum ( in teaching and research is desirable.

Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice

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

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 09/19/2017
Beginning Review Date 12/01/2017
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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Additional Posting Information

To apply, go to and reference posting number F1045, complete the faculty profile and submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy that includes documentation or examples of teaching, and a statement of research interests (as Other Document #1). If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, (, Search Committee Chair.

Screening of applicants will begin on Dec 1, 2017; applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience, limited to final rank specifications.

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

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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