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Hours Full-time, Part-time
Location Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Working Title Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Neotectonics/Structural Geology and Climate Position Number 1698 Posting Number F2269 Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time Position Status Full Time College/Division College of Science and Mathematics Department 100024 - Geology and Environmental Science Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience Specify Range or Amount Is this a JMU only position? No Is this a grant-funded position? No Is this a Conflict of Interest designated 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: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

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. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.
General Information
The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at James Madison University invites applications for a 10-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geology with expertise in Neotectonics/Structural Geology and their interconnectedness to climate. This is a full-time appointment beginning August, 2024.

The Geology and Environmental Science Department at James Madison University currently has over 120 undergraduate majors. We offer a wide variety of courses for our majors including a 4-semester lab-intensive core curriculum, and general education. The Department has numerous teaching and laboratory facilities to support the scholarly and educational pursuits of faculty and students. Our campus is embedded within a region of exceptional geological opportunities for both teaching and research. Within a 1 - 3 hour drive we have access to examples of exotic terranes, basement complexes, ancient and modern divergent continental margins, two rifting and four orogenic events, including a classic thrust and fold belt system.

The department is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment. The successful candidate will be expected to apply these principles to their teaching, mentorship, scholarship, and service to the institution.

Please visit our web site at for more information about the department.
Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate for this position is expected to contribute to the existing core curriculum in the areas of structural geology, geology field course, introductory geology, and/or other courses in the applicant's area of expertise. The successful candidate will contribute to the growth of our Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees and related minors such as Climate Science, Environmental Science, Data Science, and Geophysics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to our current field course or create new, field-based learning opportunities for undergraduate students. The successful candidate is expected to develop a productive, externally-funded research program in their area of expertise that engages undergraduate students. We seek candidates who value undergraduate research and mentoring and can contribute to the department's continuing efforts in building inclusive excellence within geosciences and Earth science to promote the success and retention of all students.
Minimum qualifications: A Ph.D. in Earth science, geology, or a relevant field is required at the time of appointment; demonstrated experience conducting research in areas of neotectonics or structural geology and their interconnection with climate; demonstrated scholarly activity in these areas; potential to create an externally funded research program; potential of or past experience in mentoring and advising undergraduate students; demonstrated ability to teach introductory courses in the geosciences; ability to contribute to the existing core curriculum (structural geology, our geology field course, introductory geology, and/or other courses in the applicant's area of expertise) in the BS and BA degrees; a demonstrated ability to disseminate scholarly work; and potential for or past experience in inclusive field instruction.

Preferred qualifications: Ability to contribute to related minors such as Climate Science, Environmental Science, Data Science, and Geophysics; potential to combining field methods with data analysis in structural geology and neotectonics; and experience and/or interests relating to equity and inclusion in the areas of research and instruction.
Conditions of Employment
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 09/14/2023 Beginning Review Date 11/27/2023 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Proposed Starting Date 08/25/2024 EEO Statement
James Madison University is 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 or expression, 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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Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically

You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.
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To apply for this position, candidates must apply online via JobLink and provide the following:
  • Cover letter
  • Current CV
  • A statement on teaching philosophy
  • A statement on research interests (uploaded as Other Document #1 in JobLink)
  • Contact information for three professional references