Department Head, ISAT

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 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.

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 www.jmu.edu/isat to learn more information including our values statement.

JMU is a comprehensive university, with an enrollment of approximately 21,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students, located approximately 2 hours from Washington, D.C., Richmond, and Roanoke. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has a student-centered culture and a reputation for producing excellent graduates in a wide array of fields. JMU has been cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times, and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. For further information, see www.jmu.edu.

Candidates must complete the electronic application at https://JobLink.jmu.edu; position number F1052. Questions should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Sharon Simmons (simmonsj@jmu.edu) Review of candidates will begin on October 23, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

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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