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Associate Professor/Professor of Social Sciences or Humanities, with a Focus on Digital Humanities (EXPIRED)

James Madison University

Job category Senior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Humanities
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States
Job description

About James Madison University Mission

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

The College of Arts and Letters (https://www.jmu.edu/cal/) at James Madison University invites applications for a digital studies scholar, appointable in any one of our ten academic departments across the humanities, social sciences, and communication arts, beginning August 2022. 

The College of Arts and Letters offers high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs across ten departments in the humanities, social sciences, communication, and pre-professional studies. Faculty from across the College have pursued a variety of award-winning digitally informed projects, covering subjects such as archival preservation, digital mapping and storytelling, quantitative analysis, and data visualization. Faculty in the College collaborate frequently with colleagues from engineering, the JMU X-labs, the Furious Flower Poetry Center, the university library, and a variety of institutes and centers, including our newest center, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies. The College is also hiring 5-7 new faculty this year in Latinx studies, bringing another possible area of overlap and interconnection.

Duties and Responsibilities

Depending upon the research area and educational background, the primary appointment will be made in one of our ten academic departments: English; Foreign Languages; History; Philosophy and Religion; Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication; Sociology and Anthropology; Justice Studies; Political Science; Communications; or Media Arts and Design. Joint appointment or affiliation possible. Teaching load is normally 3/2, but can be negotiated to align with service expectations and commitments.  In addition to teaching, responsibilities will include helping develop curricula in digital studies across a large and diverse set of disciplines; managing digital scholarly projects; foster innovative pedagogy and research; and develop interdisciplinary collaborations within the College of Arts and Letters and beyond.


Candidates must hold an appropriate terminal degree, though that varies by discipline. Ideally, candidates will hold or be eligible for tenure at the rank of associate professor or professor, but we will also consider applications from advanced assistant professors with exceptional records of achievement. The successful candidate will have experience teaching in digital methods, theories, and applications; the ability to help coordinate and develop curriculum in digital studies across a large and diverse set of disciplines; a track record of managing digital scholarly projects; an outstanding record of innovative teaching and research in one or more of the core disciplines of the College of Arts and Letters; and a collaborative mindset. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Familiarity with, and the ability to teach, the basics of coding and textual markup a plus. 

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.

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/10334
Deadline for full consideration: November 11, 2021, 12:00am EST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Time created October 22, 2021, 1:06pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date April 19, 2022, 8:45pm EST
Expired on April 19, 2022, 8:46pm EST
Last updated September 1, 2022, 3:00pm UTC
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