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Department Head - Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education

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Position Information

Working Title Department Head - Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education
Position Number 1766
Posting Number F1087
Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Education
Department 100048 - Education Programs
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 College of Education at James Madison University invites applications for the position of Department Head for Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education (MSME). The MSME Department seeks an innovative, teacher-leader and scholar who is committed to academic excellence, has a rich appreciation for diversity and inclusion and has demonstrated an ability to collaborate, to communicate, and to be a strong advocate for faculty, staff, students, and departmental goals. The department is comprised of fifteen (15) full-time, tenure track faculty and two (2) support staff.

The MSME Department offers programs in middle, secondary, and mathematics education. The Middle and Secondary Education programs include undergraduate (pre-professional) and graduate (professional) studies that lead to initial licensure in grades 6-8 (middle) or grades 6-12 (secondary) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

The MSME department also offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree for secondary education teachers in collaboration with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Science and Mathematics at James Madison University. For a more detailed catalog description of the department see:

James Madison University’s College of Education (CoE) is deeply committed to the value of diversity in a pluralistic and democratic society. The CoE encourages applications from individuals who have broad experiences living, learning, and teaching in diverse contexts. The CoE is actively seeking applications and nominations from individuals who bring experiences in promoting equity, access, and inclusion in education and community settings.

James Madison University is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Mountains, farmland and the wide sky full of stars make JMU’s home unique and beautiful. Just two hours from Washington, D.C., JMU’s 785-acre campus is situated in the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, a safe, friendly community with a diverse population of approximately 52,000 with over 60 languages spoken. Backpacker magazine ranked Harrisonburg a top spot to “beat nature deficit disorder” and for good reason. Outdoor fun is serious business in Harrisonburg, and the neighboring counties. Breathtaking views from Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive, or the panoramic view visible from Reddish Knob, are well-known treasures in the JMU community. Beyond these, however, a world of recreation, entertainment and history are available. Choose between country roads or downtown nightlife, farmers’ markets or vintage thrift shops, live Shakespeare or live jazz.

As 94% of our 22,000 students are undergraduates, JMU combines the best of research-based universities and small liberal arts institutions. Our professors care about students’ wellbeing beyond the classroom and include undergraduates in research opportunities. After graduation, students are welcomed to a prestigious network of 120,000 Dukes who are passionate about JMU and help each other succeed. We fully embody our mission, “Be the Change, living lives that impact society.” JMU ranks No. 2 in top public schools in the South – U.S. News & World Report, 2014; Top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges” – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2014; and No. 2 master’s institution for study abroad participation – Institute of International Education, 2012/13.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide academic leadership in program conceptualization, curriculum development, program evaluation, accountability, and improvement.
• Facilitate enhancement of the department’s reputation and impact, including status at the college, university, and regional/national levels.
• Supervise and manage support staff to facilitate department operations.
• Evaluate faculty and staff accomplishments and performance.
• Develop and implement faculty mentorship initiatives.
• Foster collegial, diverse, and inclusive environments where democracy, equity, and social justice are valued.
• Mentor talented and diverse faculty.
• Support excellence in teaching, research, and service.
• Provide leadership for undergraduate and graduate success and growth.
• Enhance and promote bachelors, masters, and certificate programs.
• Encourage and participate in grant writing efforts.
• Support faculty and student efforts in global engagement and/or research collaboration within and outside the U.S.
• Represent and advocate for the department at the Dean’s Administrative Council.
• Articulate the need and advocate for departmental resources (funds, positions, space, equipment, etc.).
• Typically teach one course per semester within one’s area of expertise.
• Complete other duties assigned by the Dean of the College of Education.


The successful candidate will have:
• Earned a doctorate in an area of education from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
• Experience working collaboratively with school divisions, agencies, other educational settings, and/or community partners.
• Professional experiences that reflect a sensitivity to, and advocacy for, the needs of diverse learners.
• Evidence of teaching effectiveness, scholarship, and the ability to work collaboratively.
• Communication and human relations skills conducive to a productive and collegial environment, while equitably promoting and facilitating faculty and staff support and development.
• Demonstrated evidence of, or potential for, leadership in higher education.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and educational opportunity.
• Demonstrated sensitivity and concern for confidentiality.
• Demonstrated effective interpersonal and technology skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
• At least three years of Middle and/or Secondary teaching or comparable experience in educational settings.
• Evidence of a collaborative leadership style that embraces shared governance and builds a culture of trust among faculty, staff, students, and administrators across the university.
• Demonstrated ability to support faculty in securing external funding that supports teaching, research, and service.
• Successful experience in strategic planning and program development.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and to involve partners in the creation of scholarship and educational opportunities for students.
• Attained or potential for attaining at least the rank of Associate Professor with tenure at an accredited institution.
• Defined area of scholarship that complements the mission of the college and department.
• Experience obtaining and supporting grant funding.
• Understanding and knowledge of online learning.
• Basic understanding of the disciplines housed within the department.
• Well-defined scholarly agenda.
• Demonstrated ability to promote scholarship among peers.
• Demonstrated ability/success in promoting undergraduate research.

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 12/13/2017
Beginning Review Date 01/26/2018
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

Review of applications will begin January 26, 2018. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. To apply, visit or go to and reference posting number F1087. Applicants will submit the faculty profile and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and unofficial graduate transcripts. For questions about the position, contact Dr. Wilcox at

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcript(s)
Optional Documents

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