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Department Head - Integrated Science and Technology

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Position Information

Working Title Department Head - Integrated Science and Technology
Position Number 2611
Posting Number F1052
Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Integrated Science and Engineering
Department 100060 - Integrated Science and Technology
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

James Madison University seeks a leader for a growing, multifaceted academic unit with degrees emphasizing innovation and problem solving that are not constrained by disciplinary boundaries. The Integrated Science and Technology department contains several unique degree-granting programs: BS and MS in Integrated Science and Technology, BS and BA in Geographic Science, and BS in Intelligence Analysis. We produce graduates who are flexible critical thinkers that can solve real-world problems. Our 50 faculty members have a broad range of expertise as demonstrated by the diverse scholarship and terminal degrees in 39 different fields. The department is transitioning to become a school and the
Department Head will become the Director of the School of Integrated Sciences.

The Department Head reports to the Dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering. The position is a 12-month administrative faculty appointment (with the possibility of tenure upon initial appointment given appropriate credentials). Please visit to learn more information
including our values statement.

Duties and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will be able to understand, embrace, and promote the culture that brings these programs together. In addition to representing the Department within the university, to parents and students, and to business and government entities, the successful candidate will help faculty define, articulate, and implement a vision that garners national attention.


Candidates should demonstrate leadership skills and experience, especially in situations requiring a collaborative leadership style. Experience, both inside and outside of academia, and working with varied business, industry, and government partners is strongly desired. The successful candidate will demonstrate prior administrative and/or management experience, and the ability to cultivate relationships within the university and with external partners. Because of the unique nature of the Department, the position requires a history of rigorous and creative teaching and scholarship. A doctoral degree is required.

Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice

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

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 09/22/2017
Beginning Review Date 10/23/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 07/01/2018
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 F1052 and complete the faculty profile and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a scholarship/research statement (as other document #1).

Questions should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Sharon Simmons ( Review of candidates will begin on October 23, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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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