James Madison University is seeking a Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship to support and augment the research, scholarship and other creative activities of our faculty and students, as well as facilitate economic development and entrepreneurial activities across campus and with external partners. James Madison University embraces and prizes a broad spectrum of research, scholarly and creative activities. Core to the excellence of the University is the mutual influence and integration of research and teaching to provide educational experiences that “prepare students to be educated and enlightened citizens”. The University strongly encourages and promotes cross and interdisciplinary research and learning activities. James Madison University has received national recognition for our undergraduate emphasis in research and creative activities and as a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University. This position offers the successful applicant the opportunity to foster excellence in these endeavors across all units of the Academic Affairs Division.
The Vice Provost, working collaboratively with college and academic unit level leaders and with faculty, will be the principal champion for fostering research activities. A primary responsibility will be supporting the high quality research and creative activity of our students and faculty, and promoting these institutional activities and products. The Vice Provost is also responsible for supporting growth of the research and creative activity profile of the institution at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Vice Provost will oversee sponsored program development, administration and overall research compliance.
The successful candidate should hold a terminal degree in her/his discipline and have a strong record of research, teaching, mentoring faculty and students, and university/professional service. Successful candidates will have demonstrated
In addition, a record of success in securing funding from external governmental and/or private funding agencies is desirable.
JMU is a state-supported, comprehensive university enrolling 17,900 undergraduate and 1,822 graduate students. It is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, about 130 miles southwest of Washington, DC. The university is a nationally ranked, primarily undergraduate institution with a student-centered culture, and a reputation for excellence in a wide range of fields. For 17 consecutive years, JMU has been ranked as the top public, masters-level university in the South by U.S. News and World Report. More information about the university may be found at http://www.jmu.edu.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with review of applications to begin November 8, 2013. The desired start date is July 1, 2014. The position is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment with a negotiated teaching component and the possibility of tenure upon initial appointment, given appropriate credentials. Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate's experience.
To apply for this position, please go to https://JobLink.jmu.edu reference posting number 0405578 and follow the procedures to submit an online application for this position. Note that only complete submissions (including a cover letter; a one-two page statement answering the following questions: 1) What are potential strategies to grow scholarship at a primarily undergraduate, teaching-focused institution, and 2) What will you do to foster research and scholarship outside your primary area of expertise; contact information for at least three personal references; and a CV) that are uploaded electronically to the JMU JobLink website will be considered by the search committee. Paper applications or applications emailed directly to the search committee will not be considered. Personal references will not be contacted until a candidate is being considered for a campus visit. Please do not request letters of reference until instructed to do so by the search committee chair. For additional information, applicants are encouraged to contact the chair of the search committee: Dr. Bob Kolvoord, firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Madison University is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action/equal access employer and especially encourages applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities. Inquiries or requests for reasonable accommodation may be directed to the appropriate university office or the Office of Affirmative Action, JMU, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, (540) 568-6991.