Two Visiting Faculty Positions


The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at James Madison University seeks applications for two 1-year full-time Visiting Assistant Professor/Visiting Instructor positions, to provide instruction for lecture and laboratory courses in the physical and Earth sciences. Teaching duties will include introductory and general education classes, and may include upper-level undergraduate courses based upon each candidate’s relevant experience.  We are especially interested in candidates with successful teaching experience with courses such as physical geology, oceanography, meteorology, and Earth system science.


Candidates must hold a Master’s degree or be ABD in a geoscience or related field at the time of employment.  Successful candidates will: (1) demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching undergraduate students and (2) provide evidence of their ability to work within a collegial scholarly environment. We are very interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. 


The department has 15 full-time faculty and 2 part-time lecturers, 2 staff members, and approximately 120 undergraduate majors.  Degree options include a BS in Geology, a BA in Earth Science, and minors in Geology and in Geophysics.  Our curriculum is recognized for its strong foundation in core geoscience disciplines, field study, and undergraduate research. More about the department can be found at


JMU is a comprehensive public university with over 19,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. For 19 consecutive years, JMU has been ranked as a top public, masters-level university in the South. Located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, JMU is approximately 130 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. in the scenic Shenandoah Valley. Nestled between the Appalachians and Shenandoah National Park, Harrisonburg is known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings. Harrisonburg is a diverse community, with over 50 languages represented in excellent K-12 public schools, an annual international festival and a wide variety of restaurants and shops.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation.  


To apply, complete an electronic application at, posting number 0407728, where candidates must submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy that includes documentation or examples of teaching, and names and addresses of three references. If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Eric Pyle, ([log in to unmask]), Search Committee Chair.


Screening of applicants will begin on January 13th, 2017; applications will continue to be accepted until the positions are 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, 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.




Eric J. Pyle, PhD, FGS
Professor, Department of Geology & Environmental Science
Coordinator, Science Teacher Preparation, College of Science & Mathematics
NSTA Division Director, Preservice Teacher Preparation
James Madison University
MSC 6903
Harrisonburg, VA  22807

540.568.7115 (o)
540.568.8058 (f)