Social Context of Technology and Science
Department of Integrated Science and Technology
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
James Madison University’s Department of Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) invites applications for a tenure-track position focusing on the social context of technology and science. We seek a colleague who is interested in joining an innovative, interdisciplinary technology and science program organized around real-world problem areas. With over 300 majors, the BS-ISAT program in the ISAT Department inculcates in its students strong problem-solving skills through a curriculum that integrates concepts from technical fields, natural science, and social science/humanities in areas including but not limited to biotechnology, energy, environment, computing, manufacturing, and telecommunications. ISAT emphasizes problem-centric thinking and an ability to understand and address complex problems from technical and social perspectives. Further information about the ISAT Department may be found at http://www.isat.jmu.edu.
The successful candidate will be able to teach courses in the social context of technology and science, contribute to team-taught courses, and advise capstone projects. The social context curriculum is an integral part of the ISAT Department focusing on the political economy of technology and science, as well as ethics and science, technology, and society issues. We seek a thoughtful and intellectually adventurous colleague with an interdisciplinary mindset and the ability to collaborate with technically focused colleagues in developing and teaching innovative courses.
It is anticipated that the successful candidate would be able to contribute to other areas of the BS-ISAT program or the ISAT Department. Applicants’ disciplinary backgrounds might include, but are not limited to, political science, public policy and public administration, history, sociology, anthropology, economics, philosophy or geography. Candidates with terminal degrees in technology or the sciences and extensive experience in the social context of technology and science are also strongly encouraged to apply. Those who bring new and diverse perspectives are particularly encouraged to apply, as are those with industry or government experience. Candidates should demonstrate a capacity for scholarly production and exhibit strong communication skills. A terminal degree is strongly preferred. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation.
Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a list of three or more professional references and a statement of interdisciplinary outlook and experiences (Other Document #1). For more information and to apply for this position, please go to https://joblink.jmu.edu and reference posting number 0406929. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. The names and contact information for three references will be requested at the end of the application. Each reference listed will receive an e-mail requesting that they submit a letter of recommendation through the JobLink system.
Located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley two hours southwest of Washington, DC, James Madison University (JMU) is a public, comprehensive university with approximately 20,000 students and 940 full- time faculty members. JMU has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity. The university seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.
Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the Department of Integrated Science and Technology or Human Resources by the application deadline.
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, 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.