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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Neotectonics/Structural Geology and Climate

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Nov 14, 2023

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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Neotectonics/Structural Geology and Climate

James Madison University

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at James Madison University invites applications for a 10-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geology with expertise in Neotectonics/Structural Geology and their interconnectedness to climate. This is a full-time appointment beginning August, 2024.

The Geology and Environmental Science Department at James Madison University currently has over 120 undergraduate majors. We offer a wide variety of courses for our majors including a 4-semester lab-intensive core curriculum, and general education. The Department has numerous teaching and laboratory facilities to support the scholarly and educational pursuits of faculty and students. Our campus is embedded within a region of exceptional geological opportunities for both teaching and research. Within a 1 – 3 hour drive we have access to examples of exotic terranes, basement complexes, ancient and modern divergent continental margins, two rifting and four orogenic events, including a classic thrust and fold belt system.

The department is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment. The successful candidate will be expected to apply these principles to their teaching, mentorship, scholarship, and service to the institution.

Please visit our web site at for more information about the department.

Duties and responsibilities:

The successful candidate for this position is expected to contribute to the existing core curriculum in the areas of structural geology, geology field course, introductory geology, and/or other courses in the applicant’s area of expertise. The successful candidate will contribute to the growth of our Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees and related minors such as Climate Science, Environmental Science, Data Science, and Geophysics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to our current field course or create new, field-based learning opportunities for undergraduate students. The successful candidate is expected to develop a productive, externally-funded research program in their area of expertise that engages undergraduate students. We seek candidates who value undergraduate research and mentoring and can contribute to the department’s continuing efforts in building inclusive excellence within geosciences and Earth science to promote the success and retention of all students.

Minimum qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Earth science, geology, or a relevant field is required at the time of appointment; demonstrated experience conducting research in areas of neotectonics or structural geology and their interconnection with climate; demonstrated scholarly activity in these areas; potential to create an externally funded research program; potential of or past experience in mentoring and advising undergraduate students; demonstrated ability to teach introductory courses in the geosciences; ability to contribute to the existing core curriculum (structural geology, our geology field course, introductory geology, and/or other courses in the applicant’s area of expertise) in the BS and BA degrees; a demonstrated ability to disseminate scholarly work; and potential for or past experience in inclusive field instruction.

Preferred qualifications:

Ability to contribute to related minors such as Climate Science, Environmental Science, Data Science, and Geophysics; potential to combining field methods with data analysis in structural geology and neotectonics; and experience and/or interests relating to equity and inclusion in the areas of research and instruction.

To learn more and to apply, go to and reference posting F2269 or go to Review of applications begins 11/27/2023. Salary is commensurate with experience.

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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