Job Announcement

Head, Department of Integrated Science & Learning - James Madison University

Posted on 9/3/09

James Madison University's Department of Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT), a unique and multifaceted academic unit, seeks applicants for the position of Department Head. The Department Head reports directly to the Dean, College of Integrated Science and Technology, and will be responsible for the administration and leadership of the Department. This includes curriculum development, personnel, and budgeting. The position is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty appointment (with the possibility of tenure upon initial appointment given appropriate credentials). ISAT's innovative nature applies a systems approach to scientific and technical problem-solving that is not constrained by disciplinary boundaries. We produce graduates who are flexible critical thinkers that can solve real-world problems. Our faculty members have terminal degrees in many different fields, giving the Department a broad range of expertise. The Department contains several degree-granting programs: BS and MS in Integrated Science and Technology, BS and BA in Geographic Science, and BS in Information Analysis.

The ideal candidate will be able to understand, embrace, and advocate the ISAT culture. In addition to representing the department within the university, to parents and students, and to business and government entities, the Department Head will help faculty define, articulate, and implement a vision for garnering national attention. Candidates should demonstrate leadership skills and experience, especially in situations requiring a collaborative leadership style. Experience both inside and outside of academia, and working with varied business, industry, or government partners, is strongly desired. The successful candidate will demonstrate prior administrative and/or management experience, and the ability to cultivate relationships within the university and with external partners. Because of the unique nature of the Department, the position requires a history of rigorous and creative scholarship and teaching. A Ph.D. in a field related to a departmental program is required.

JMU is a comprehensive university, with an enrollment of 16,619 undergraduate and 1,136 graduate students, located approximately 2 hours from Washington, D.C., Richmond, and Roanoke. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times, and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. For 15 consecutive years JMU has been ranked as the top public, master's level university in the South by the annual poll on academic quality conducted by U.S. News and World Report for its guidebook, America's Best Colleges. In 2009 JMU had the highest graduation rate among both public and private colleges in the South (80%) and we are one of our nation's top 35 colleges in undergraduate research.

A more detailed position announcement and description of this unique academic department are available at

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting JMU in the search. Review of applications will begin immediately and the search will remain open until the position is filled. All communications, including inquiries, nominations, and applications, will be held in strict confidence. For best consideration, materials should be received by October 2, 2009. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate's experiences match the position requirements, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least five references. Submission of materials as an MS Word attachment is strongly encouraged.