Academic Unit Head - Department of Engineering

James Madison University

United States

October 15, 2021

Description

Position Details Working Title Academic Unit Head - Department of Engineering

Position Number 7252 Posting Number F1688 Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time Position Status Full Time College/Division College of Integrated Science and Engineering Department 100590 - Department of Engineering Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience Specify Range or Amount Is this a JMU only position? No Is this a grant-funded position? No

About James Madison University

Mission

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.

Vision

To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. 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. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work. JMU offers strong liberal arts and professional programs in a variety of disciplines. The university is committed to innovation, diversity and equity, and superlative teaching and scholarship.

General Information

James Madison University (JMU) seeks applicants for the position of Head of the Department of Engineering. The JMU Department of Engineering is a community of educators, striving to enable its diverse faculty, staff, and students to achieve broad successes in teaching and learning, scholarship and entrepreneurship, and service to others. The department offers an ABET- accredited BS degree in engineering. Anchored in the liberal arts through the university's general education program, JMU's engineering major is characterized by experiential learning of engineering as an intradisciplinary practice, and the major culminates in a two-year-long engineering project experience. The vision of the department is to nurture project-ready engineers who know how to make things happen, an approach recognized in national rankings and national networks for engineering education. The department currently has 16 full-time faculty members representing many different engineering disciplines, approximately 450 students, and six support staff. Its strengths include dedicated faculty and staff; an engaged and invested student body and alumni; strong administrative and lab support; and well- equipped laboratories and design studios. JMU prizes collaboration among academic units and provides unique opportunities for intradisciplinary, team- based teaching and scholarship, with a strong focus on undergraduate research opportunities. JMU offers strong liberal arts and professional programs in a variety of disciplines. The university is committed to innovation, diversity and equity, and superlative teaching and scholarship. More information about the department may be found at https: // www. jmu.edu/cise/engineering/.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Head of the Department is responsible for the academic unit's program administration and strategic leadership, and reports to the Dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.

Qualifications

Successful candidates will be accomplished educators and scholars with potential for success in:

  • Fostering inclusive workplace and learning cultures;
  • People management;
  • Academic administration;
  • Implementing the department's strategic vision in the evolving landscape of higher education; and
  • Representing the department, both internally at JMU and externally to industry, prospective students, academic peers, etc.
  • A PhD in an engineering discipline or related field is required as is experience commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor or higher.

    Conditions of Employment

    Per the Governor's Executive Directive #18, new JMU employees upon hire must disclose to the University Health Center their COVID-19 vaccination status. Unvaccinated employees are required to be tested weekly.

    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 Date 09/14/2021

    Beginning Review Date 10/15/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Proposed Starting Date 07/01/2022 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 jobs@jmu.edu. 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.

    Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report

    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 https:// www. jmu.edu/publicsafety/clerycompliance/2018Annual-Security-and-Fire- Safety-Report.shtml

    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 https: // joblink.jmu.edu/postings/10062 Additional Posting Information

    Review of applications will begin October 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022. The position is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment with a negotiated teaching component and the possibility of tenure upon appointment, given appropriate credentials. Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate's experience.

    Note that only complete submissions that are uploaded electronically to the JMU JobLink website will be considered. A complete submission includes:

  • a cover letter overviewing your personal and professional career trajectory that prepares you for this position;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a list of three references who can comment on your leadership and/or administrative aptitude/abilities;
  • a statement detailing your approach to leadership, including how it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its multiple forms; (Listed as Other Document #1)
  • a statement describing your experiences and accomplishments in teaching and scholarship (Listed as Other Document #2).
  • 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. Jeffrey Tang, tangjd@jmu.edu.

    JMU's Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit https: // bit.ly/2OTF1NG.

    Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Other Document #1
  • Other Document #2
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • How did you learn about this position?
  • Charlottesville Daily Progress
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
  • Diversity.com (Including BlackCareers.org, VeteranJobs.net, AfricanAmericanHires.com, AsianHires.com, WeHireWomen.com, AllHispanicJobs.com, LatinoJobs.org, DisabilityJobs.net, AllLGBTjobs.com, NativeJobs.org, and OverFiftyJobs.com)
  • Employee Referral
  • Harrisonburg Daily News Record
  • HigherEdJobs.com
  • Hispanic Outlook
  • Indeed.com
  • INSIGHT Into Diversity
  • JMU Dual Career and Community Resources Program
  • JMU JobLink
  • Job Fair
  • NCAA
  • Northern Virginia Daily
  • Nuevas Raices
  • Radio
  • Richmond Times Dispatch
  • Roanoke Times
  • Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)
  • VA Jobs Website
  • VEC (Virginia Employment Commission)
  • Winchester Star
  • Other
  • If you selected a source above please type "N/A" in the following box. If you selected "Other" please indicate where you heard about the position.
  • (Open Ended Question)

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