Assistant Professor in Biology, Discipline-Based Educational Research

James Madison University
August 25, 2024
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Working Title Assistant Professor in Biology, Discipline-Based Educational Research

Position Number 1514 Posting Number F2243 Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time Position Status Full Time College/Division College of Science and Mathematics Department 100006 - Biology 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 Biology at James Madison University invites applications for a 10-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology with expertise in Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER). This is a full-time appointment beginning August, 2024.

The Biology Department at James Madison University currently serves over 1000 undergraduate majors and 19 master's students. We offer a wide variety of courses for biology majors, general education and pre-health profession majors, including a 4-semester lab-intensive core curriculum. The Department of Biology is housed in the modern 90,000 sq. ft. Bioscience building, with numerous facilities to support the scholarly and educational pursuits of faculty and students.

The department is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment that will allow us to recruit and retain a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will be expected to adopt these principles in their teaching, mentorship, scholarship, and service to the institution.

Please visit our web site at https:// www. for more information about the department.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate for this biology education research position is expected to develop a productive, externally-funded research program in post- secondary biology education or science education that engages students. The successful candidate will join a thriving community of more than 50 biologists with broad sub-disciplinary diversity and will be expected to contribute to teaching undergraduate introductory biology courses as well as upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses related to their area of specialization. We seek candidates who value undergraduate research and mentoring, with an interest in engaging in a collaborative teaching and research environment in support of the academic program of the unit. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the department's continuing efforts and process relating to building inclusive excellence in science education to promote the success and retention of all students.


Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in biology, biology education, or a relevant field is required at the time of appointment; demonstrated experience in biology education research; potential for or past success securing external funding; demonstrated scholarly activity in the areas of biology or science education; potential or past experience in mentoring students; experience with student-centered evidence-based teaching practices; an ability to teach introductory courses in biology; a demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate; and a commitment to access, inclusion, and diversity in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications: The ability to teach undergraduate-level or graduate-level organismal courses that complement current offerings and/or courses that support the department's commitment to K-16 science education; teaching experience at the university/college level; and research experience and/or interests relating to equity and inclusion in college science and assessment.

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 08/22/2023

Beginning Review Date 09/22/2023 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.

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If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or [email protected]. 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 https:// www. 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.

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Required documents to apply include:

1) Letter of Application (up to 2 pages) that addresses the outlined minimum and preferred position qualifications;

2) Curriculum Vitae;

3) A Teaching Statement (up to 2 pages, uploaded to JobLink under “Other Document #1 ”) that describes your planned and/or ongoing approach to: Effectively teach undergraduate students Promote an equitable climate for students from diverse backgrounds;

4) A Research Statement (up to 2 pages, uploaded to JobLink under “Other Document #2” ) that includes: A ~5-year plan that involves undergraduate students at JMU Plans to promote an equitable climate for student researchers from diverse backgrounds A description of ways your scholarly activity relates to diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or justice in biology, biology education, or science education; this should not focus on personal values and personal experiences, but rather on actions and experiences as they relate to inclusivity in the workplace and/or classroom;

5) The names and contact information for three professional references that can speak directly to your teaching and/or research experience and aptitudes. Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation at the time of application; references will be contacted for a letter of recommendation and/or reference check by phone as candidates move forward in the search process to the interview stages.

Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee. For more information about the position, please contact Joe Harsh ([email protected]).

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