James Madison University Seeking Visualization Instructor

by | Sep 25, 2015

September 25, 2015 – James Madison University (JMU) seeks applicants for an innovative new faculty position focused on data visualization that will help prepare students as analysts in both in private and public sectors, as well as government agencies, through its Bachelor's Degree Program in Intelligence Analysis (IA). This will be a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level (both depending upon the candidate's qualifications) and will reside within the larger Department of Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT), an interdisciplinary, dynamic, and highly collaborative academic unit that is home to the IA program, along with the BS programs in Geographic Science and Integrated Science & Technology, and the Masters in Environmental Management and Sustainability.

The position is full-time, with a focus on student-centered teaching, scholarship, and service. The typical teaching load is 3 courses per semester, and includes primary responsibility for the program's data visualization course, as well as helping develop (and teach) more advanced course offerings in GIS and other data visualization methods. In addition to excellence as an undergraduate teacher, the position requires an active program of scholarly activity that enriches the program and provides research experiences for undergraduates. The position requires either a Ph.D. in a relevant academic discipline, or a Masters degree and substantial professional experience in the field. Expertise using intelligence analysis tools such as Analyst’s Notebook, Palantir, Semantica Pro, and GIS is desired. Strong candidates showing exceptional promise in other areas of application will also be considered. The position also involves serving as an active spokesperson for the IA program to external constituencies and helping to develop a potential new certification program in geospatial intelligence.

The IA program, a rapidly growing program in its ninth year, prepares a new generation of versatile, multidisciplinary analysts to work on future challenges in business, national security, and society.  The program emphasizes methodology and synthesizes: critical and creative thinking methods; technological tools for data collection, visualization, and analysis; contextual understanding of an issue's political, economic, social, and technological context; and strong communicative and professional skills to support decision-making. Graduates are well positioned for careers in the public or the private sector and have secured positions as analysts at major consulting firms, US intelligence agencies, defense contractors, within the military, and in law enforcement.

Review of applications will begin on November 5, 2015; the search will remain open until the position is filled. Required application materials include: 1) a cover letter that explains how the candidate fits the position requirements; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching and/or training experience and philosophy; and 4) contact information for at least three professional references. If available, evidence of potential as a teacher, such as teaching evaluations, should be attached as Optional Other Document 2 on the JMU site (below)

Application materials must be submitted online through JMU’s application system: https://joblink.jmu.edu/. To apply for the position, refer to posting number 049628. Salary shall be commensurate with experience. Questions can be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Dr. Michael Deaton, at [email protected].

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