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Academic Unit Head, Department of Health Professions

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Position Information

Working Title Academic Unit Head, Department of Health Professions
Position Number 7953
Posting Number F1073
Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Health and Behavioral Studies
Department 100720 - Department of Health Professions
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 Health Professions at James Madison University is seeking a visionary individual with academic leadership experience and professional stature in a discipline relevant to the unit. Housed within the College of Health and Behavioral Studies, the Department of Health Professions boasts nationally-recognized and accredited programs in athletic training (AT); dietetics; health services administration; occupational therapy (OT); and physician assistant (PA) studies.

This position is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment at the Associate/Full Professor rank with consideration of tenure upon appointment. The Academic Unit Head reports to the Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS) and serves on the CHBS Leadership Council. Health Professions is one of eight academic units in the College. The desired starting date is July 1, 2018.

Growth at James Madison University has enabled The College of Health and Behavioral Studies to open two new dynamic leadership opportunities for a Department of Health Sciences and a Department of Health Professions. Previously administered within a single unit, academic and administrative functions supporting nine undergraduate and graduate degrees have been reorganized into two distinctive, autonomous departments. The successful candidate will join a strong and engaged faculty at one of the nation’s outstanding public universities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Academic Unit Head recruits, mentors and evaluates a diverse and talented faculty, and collaborates with program directors on both strategic and operational matters. The Academic Unit Head articulates an appreciation for and vision of teaching and scholarly activities specific to the health professions and congruent with the Institution’s vision of being “the model of the engaged university.”

The successful candidate will lead a complex academic unit that includes both graduate and undergraduate professional programs requiring didactic and clinical education while meeting accreditation standards. The candidate will support faculty within the framework of the unit, college and university, while promoting a culture of interprofessional teaching and scholarship. Expectations include being supportive of the College’s strategic priorities, and in particular, of collaborative opportunities among faculty and programs.


Minimum qualifications:
- Advanced degree in one of the areas represented in the department or a related health profession.
- Demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service commensurate with expectations of a tenured associate / full professor.
- Evidence of collaborative academic administrative and leadership experience.
- Successful track record of establishing or maintaining relationships with external sites for clinical rotations, internships and field work.
- Experience with national accreditation standards in at least one professional program.

Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice

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.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 11/13/2017
Beginning Review Date 01/08/2018
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.

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.

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Additional Posting Information

Review of applications will begin January 8, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply go to, reference posting number F1073, submit the faculty profile and attach a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and a statement of administrative leadership philosophy for unit with multiple health profession disciplines as Other Document #1.

For questions about the position, please contact the search chair Dr. Cynthia O’Donoghue, PhD, Academic Unit Head of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 540-568-6440 or

Documents Needed to Apply

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

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