Data Science Faculty Cohort

James Madison University

Position Details

Working TitleEnvironmental Data Science Faculty Cohort (Seven Positions)
Position Number1697, 8038, 8180, 8181, 8182, 8261, 8262
Posting NumberF1761
Position TypeInstructional Faculty – Full Time
Position StatusFull Time
College/DivisionCollege of Science and Mathematics
Department100129 – Dean – College of Science and Math
Pay RateCommensurate with Experience
Specify Range or Amount
Is this a JMU only position?No
Is this a grant-funded position?No
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
James Madison University (JMU) invites applications for an exciting collaborative environmental data science cohort hire. The cohort will consist of seven tenure-track faculty at rank of assistant or associate professor who will work collaboratively across disciplines to develop curricula and research programs at the intersection of data science, climate science, and environmental analytics. One or more of the seven positions could be teacher-scholar post-doctoral appointments. Successful candidates will possess the expertise, creative ability, interdisciplinary problem-solving skills, and team-oriented work ethic to establish James Madison University as a home for environmental data science curricula and research. Given that many of the challenges facing the environment differentially affect particular populations of humans, a critical component of this cohort would be the integration of social justice into the curriculum and research initiatives.
Successful candidates will have primary appointments in an academic unit most aligned with their disciplinary focus, including, but not limited to, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology and Environmental Science, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, and the School for Integrated Sciences, with at least two of the appointments being in Mathematics and Statistics.
The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) provides a solid foundation for this cohort initiative. With 196 full-time faculty and about 1500 full-time majors, CSM is a vibrant college with established collaborations with faculty and departments in other JMU colleges, including the Colleges of Integrated Science and Engineering (CISE), and Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS). Faculty are passionate about using high impact pedagogies and providing research experiences for undergraduates, offering high quality experiences for graduate students in a limited number of programs, as well as cross-disciplinary collaborations in teaching and research that include the Biotechnology major and Materials Science minor (both offered by CSM and CISE), the Data Analytics minor,  Environmental minors (offered by CSMCISE and College of Arts and Letters), and JMU X-labs courses. CSM and other colleges host various centers that work with faculty and students as well as with the community. These include the Centers for Genome and Metagenome Studies, Light Microscopy and Imaging Facility, Computational Mathematics and Modeling, Engineering Geoscience and Geohazards, Statistical Consulting, and, along with CISE and other colleges, the Center for Materials Science and the Center for STEM Education and OutreachJMU excels in global education and community engagement, and is deeply committed to student and faculty diversity, with a focus on enhancing inclusivity and belonging.
Duties and Responsibilities
Teaching responsibilities could include introductory and upper division courses and laboratory courses, and/or graduate courses. Successful candidates are expected to initiate and maintain an active research program involving students. Collaboration with other cohort hires and faculty in other fields is expected.
Applicants will have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline or field, and the potential for vibrant, collaborative teaching and scholarship at our primarily undergraduate institution. Consideration will be given to ABDs at the advanced dissertation stage that exhibit particularly compelling records.
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 Date11/15/2021
Beginning Review Date12/15/2021
Closing Date
Open Until FilledYes
Proposed Starting Date07/01/2022
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.

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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 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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Additional Posting Information
 Applications will be submitted electronically, and must include, at a minimum:
    • a CV
    • the names and contact information of at least three references
    • a cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses four areas: 1. the applicant’s teaching interests, 2. the applicant’s scholarship interest, 3. the applicant’s commitment and experience in building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and scholarly environment involving undergraduate students, and 4. how the applicant could contribute to collaboratively building curricula and research in data science, climate science, and environmental analytics.


Additional materials, such as teaching and research statements, may be requested at a later date.

For more information, contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Steven Whitmeyer (email:

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae

Optional Documents

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