Assistant Professor- Climate/Paleoclimate Scientist

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Oct 05, 2018
Nov 04, 2018
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The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at James Madison University seeks applications for a climate or paleoclimate scientist at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level to begin August 2019.

We seek a colleague who is committed to excellence in teaching and in research involving undergraduate students, and who will develop and maintain an active and broadly interdisciplinary Neogene climate or paleoclimate research program that bridges the ancient to human timescale. A Ph.D. in a related field is required at the time of employment.

Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses in climate science, and meteorology, as well as other geoscience and general education science courses; in addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop a new upper division interdisciplinary course related to climate science. Collaborations are encouraged with faculty in the Department and in other STEM fields.

The successful candidate will provide evidence of their ability to work within a collaborative scholarly environment, and will be expected to work with faculty in the Geology and Environmental Science Department to strengthen and expand our course and research offerings. Our department is especially interested in qualified candidates who demonstrate commitment toward building an equitable and inclusive academic community.

The Department has 17 full-time faculty, 3 part-time lecturers, and 2 staff members. The degree options we currently offer are a BS in Geology, a BA in Earth Science, and minors in Geology and in Geophysics. Our curriculum has a strong foundation in core geoscience courses, a wide range of upper division electives, opportunities for international study, and emphases on field study and on undergraduate research. We recently (August 2018) moved into new teaching and laboratory space in the College of Science and Mathematics. More information about the department can be found at Information on existing equipment housed in the Department can be found at

To apply, visit or go to and reference posting number F1200, complete the faculty profile and submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy that includes documentation or examples of teaching, and a statement of research interests (as Other Document #1). The names and contact information for three references will be requested as part of the application. If selected for an interview, each reference listed will receive an email requesting that they submit a reference through the JobLink system.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Kristen St. John, (, Search Committee Chair.

Screening of applicants will begin on December 1, 2018; applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience, limited to final rank specifications.

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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