The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at James Madison University invites applications for a Department Head at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to lead a vibrant department that is dedicated to undergraduate teaching and research and is in the midst of an exciting period of growth and change. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field, a strong scholarly record and a commitment to excellence in teaching. The successful applicant will maintain an active research program, teach lower and upper division undergraduate chemistry courses, and work with faculty, staff and administration to achieve departmental goals. A competitive start-up package will be provided in support of this individual’s continued research productivity.
In addition to the qualities and activities described above, the successful applicant will:
James Madison University is a primarily undergraduate institution. The Chemistry Department at James Madison University currently serves over 200 undergraduate majors. Faculty and staff include 20 full-time faculty, several part-time instructors, 3 instrument scientists, and 4 staff members. It offers a wide variety of courses for chemistry majors, science majors, general education and pre-health professional majors. The department offers an ACS certified degree with tracks in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical education and materials chemistry and a BS in biophysical chemistry. A general BS degree and a chemistry / business degree are also offered. The research activities of the tenure-track faculty members in the department span all traditional disciplines. There is a strong interest in strengthening existing connections with programs in biology, materials science and environmental science. Faculty and students are engaged in a variety of externally funded research programs, with about 60 undergraduate student researchers mentored during the academic year and summer.
James Madison University is a comprehensive co-educational institution of higher learning in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with approximately 20,000 students on a campus of 712 acres. The University offers 69 undergraduate degree programs, 31 Masters, 2 Educational Specialist and 7 Doctoral programs. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry awards degrees at the bachelors level only.
JMU is located in the city of Harrisonburg in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is a 1-hour drive from Charlottesville and a 2-hour drive from Richmond and Washington, DC. The area affords many opportunities for outdoor recreation, with the George Washington National Forest and the Shenandoah National Park located nearby in the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains.
JMU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access employer and especially encourages applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.