Visiting Instructor, Computer Science/Information Technology

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Job posting number: #7233415

Posted: March 29, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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 Department of Computer Science at James Madison University invites applications for a visiting faculty position at the rank of Instructor to support the new Information Technology program. The position will begin August 2024, is a one-year appointment and may be eligible to renew for a second year.

Information Technology (IT) is a new major in the Department of Computer Science, with a focus on computer networking, cyber security, web technologies, data science/machine learning and mobile development. The IT major accepted our first freshman class in fall 2022 and has more than 170+ majors and is rapidly growing. The JMU Computer Science department is a dynamic and supportive community with 28 full-time faculty members and approximately 1,000 computer science and information technology undergraduate majors. We also offer an online M.S. Degree in Computer Science – concentration in Cyber Security. We are dedicated to maintaining a culture that balances excellence in teaching and small class sizes with opportunities for faculty and student research. We have many active clubs and organizations including Women in Technology, Robotics, Forensics, Cyber Defense, and a student ACM chapter. We are committed to creating and supporting an inclusive work and educational community, and are interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support a commitment to this core quality. The new hire will be part of the faculty team that continues to build the Information Technology Major. Additional information about the new major is available at

Duties and Responsibilities:

While this role is primarily focused on teaching, the department is home to an active community of scholars. Interested applicants will have the opportunity to pursue research activities and professional development.


A Doctorate (Ph.D., D.Sc., etc.) or ABD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology or a closely related field at the time of employment is preferred for this position. Applicants with a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology or a closely related field with commensurate experience will be considered.

We are interested in applicants from all areas of specialization. We are especially interested in candidates with a background in Web Technologies, Machine Learning, Database Systems, and Web and Mobile Development. Other areas will be considered. Preference will be given to applicants who can provide high quality teaching at the undergraduate level with the potential to develop and sustain an active, undergraduate-oriented research program. We are also interested in candidates with experience and/or interest in contributing to on-going efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the discipline.

Conditions of Employment:

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.

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Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
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