Job opening: Assistant Professor – Integrated Science and Technology – Environment

Where: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, US

Deadline: as soon as possible

To apply: visit http://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/6740 or go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1414.

The Integrated Science and Technology Program (ISAT) in the School of Integrated Sciences at James Madison University (JMU) seeks applicants for an assistant professor position with an environmental focus on climate change, sustainability, or both. The position is a full-time tenure track starting in August 2020. James Madison University is in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley city of Harrisonburg–two hours from Washington D.C. The city has one of the most diverse public school systems in the state of Virginia.

Full-time responsibilities include a commitment to inclusive student-centered teaching (typically three courses per semester), broadly defined scholarship, and service. The successful candidate will teach courses in the ISAT Environment Sector related to global environmental issues, basic chemistry, ecology, pollution of air, water, and land, and advanced environmental topics specific to successful candidate’s particular expertise. Courses also support five environmental minors at JMU and the general education program. In addition to teaching in the ISAT Environment Sector, the successful candidate will have the ability and desire to collaborate across the ISAT program in teaching, broadly defined scholarship, and service.

The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of the environmental field and specific expertise in climate change and environmental sustainability or both. ISAT seeks applicants who are willing to understand and foster holistic, interdisciplinary approaches to complex problem-solving. The position requires an earned Ph.D. by the hire date in an environmentally relevant academic field. Professional environmental experience beyond academia (in industry, consulting, government, or non-profit) is also desirable but not necessary. From its founding, ISAT was designed to help women and minorities succeed in science and technology fields. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion and be able to work collegially as part of a cross-disciplinary community. Candidates will also embrace excellence in undergraduate teaching and research within the context of ISAT’s interdisciplinary culture.

To apply visit http://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/6740 or go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1414. Candidates will complete the faculty application and submit the following: 1) a cover letter containing the following: highlights of the candidate’s fit to the position requirements and a section detailing the candidate’s commitment to diversity, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and 4) a statement of research interests (Other Document #1). Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2020, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.

ISAT is a unique ABET-accredited, interdisciplinary, applied science program. With over 300 students in the major, the ISAT program prepares graduates who have strong problem-solving skills through a curriculum that integrates technology, natural science, social science, and humanities. ISAT’s curriculum, created by the faculty, emphasizes the ability to understand and address complex problems from social and technical perspectives, using a systems-based approach. Interdisciplinary areas of focus, or “sectors” within the ISAT program, include Applied Biotechnology; Energy; Environment; Applied Computing; the Social Context of Science and Technology; Production Systems; and Telecommunications, Networking, and Security.

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 or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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