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

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Working Title Tenure Track Cohort Hire - Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Position Number 1291, 2295, 5767 Posting Number F2289 Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time Position Status Full Time College/Division College of Science and Mathematics Department 100014 - Chemistry Department 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
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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 Chemistry and Biochemistry at James Madison University invites applications for three tenure-track positions to begin in Fall 2024. At least one position is in nuclear chemistry or nuclear-adjacent areas; the other positions are open. Priority will be given to candidates who fill department needs in environmental, inorganic, and nuclear chemistry. This cohort hire will build on our history of undergraduate research training and leverage $10 million of existing instrumentation, including nuclear facilities. Successful candidates will work with existing faculty to expand our nuclear chemistry curriculum.

Our department is an undergraduate-only program at an R2 institution. The department currently serves approximately 200 majors and about 3000 undergraduate students each year. We offer a wide variety of courses for chemistry majors, other STEM majors, general education, and pre-health professionals. Majors are actively involved in SAACS, AXE, NOBCChE, and undergraduate research.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is actively committed to increasing the success of all of our students, attracting faculty and students with a range of backgrounds and experiences, and creating and sustaining a more inclusive work and learning environment. We are committed to excellence in undergraduate education, research, and mentoring undergraduates to help them reach their personal and professional goals. With 25 full-time faculty members, the department offers ACS certified degrees at the bachelors level, and teaches courses in all major areas of chemistry. The department houses facilities for nuclear chemistry, materials science, high performance computing, NMR, and mass spectrometry. Collectively, our facilities include over $10 million in state-of-the-art instrumentation
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Duties and Responsibilities
Teaching responsibilities include introductory and upper division courses and laboratories. Establishing an externally funded undergraduate research program is expected. Successful candidates will mentor undergraduates in research during the academic year and summer.
A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field is required. Candidates will be evaluated based on their potential to teach and conduct research in an equitable and inclusive environment at a primarily undergraduate institution.
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 09/22/2023 Beginning Review Date 10/23/2023 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Proposed Starting Date 08/21/2024 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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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.
Minimum Reference(s) Required 3 Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting Additional Posting Information
Our search follows an anonymized, multi-stage review process.

For the initial review, all candidates will complete an application and attach a cover letter. The cover letter should be 3 pages or less and must briefly address the candidate's
  • interest in the position;
  • commitment to an equitable and inclusive environment, including examples;
  • courses they prefer to teach;
  • vision for their role in contributing to the department's mission;
  • outline of proposed research and the role that undergraduates will play.
As much as possible, personal information should be removed. Cover letters will be anonymized by the candidate liaison.

The JMU Chemistry and Biochemistry search uses a multi-stage review process. In addition to the requested cover letter, candidates will also submit a curriculum vitae and the names of three references with the application. CV and references will be consulted later in the review process. Selected candidates will be asked to submit a research plan and a statement on teaching and inclusive excellence.

Any questions about the search can be addressed to the candidate liaison at