AUH, Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 22, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

James Madison University’s Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics (CIS & BSAN) invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Head. The Department of CIS & BSAN is an academic unit of the College of Business and has 26 full-time faculty members, over 650 CIS majors (in two concentrations: information systems and business analytics), 100 CIS minors and more than 50 BSAN minors. In addition, the Department supports the College by providing core business classes in information systems, business analytics, and operations management. The Department places a primary emphasis on its undergraduate programs that include hands-on projects, laboratory exercises, case analyses, and engaging classroom experiences designed to prepare graduates to work independently and in team-oriented environments. The CIS program is accredited by ABET.


In addition to high involvement in undergraduate education, departmental faculty members play a vital role in the delivery of the College’s Executive Leadership MBA, Innovation MBA and Information Security MBA programs. Outside the academic community, faculty members maintain strong connections with the consulting industry in Northern Virginia and Richmond, and interact regularly with members of the Department’s advisory board.


The AACSB-accredited James Madison University College of Business includes nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs. Five years post-graduation, Virginia residents attending the CoB had the highest return-on-investment of the 82 business schools included in Poets & Quants 2017 undergraduate business program ranking. In 2018, the Information Security MBA was recognized as #1 in the nation for the Best Online Information Security MBA Programs, and #16 in the Princeton Review’s list of the top 25 Online MBA Programs. The College includes the Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Professional Selling, Small Business Development Center, Capital Markets Lab, Madison Consulting, and other programs focused on outreach and engagement with the business community. Our very successful alumni hold C-suite positions at major corporations including SAP, Fidelity, Bank of America, IBM, McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, KPMG, and other Fortune 500 companies. They readily engage with the College. The faculty are teacher-scholars who are collaborative and supportive colleagues. The College has approximately 4,100 students in its AACSB programs and is highly regarded across the JMU campus community.


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. Known for its livability, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is one of the most diverse communities in the State of Virginia. JMU is a highly selective, diverse, regional, comprehensive, student-oriented institution with a growing national reputation. The student body includes approximately 21,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, and over 900 full-time instructional faculty. JMU offers strong liberal arts and professional programs in a variety of disciplines. The university is committed to innovation, superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the quality of its academic programs and has been repeatedly identified as a best-buy for students.


The AUH is expected to assume traditional administrative and operational responsibilities such as preparing schedules, providing faculty support and leadership, serving as a liaison between senior leadership and the department, identifying and advocating for departmental resources, performing faculty evaluations, developing a departmental strategy for curriculum, alumni engagement, and student success, and supporting the institution’s commitment to diversity.


The candidate must possess a Ph.D. or terminal degree in information systems, operations management, management science, business analytics, or a closely-related field, ideally from an AACSB-accredited institution. Applicants must have sufficient teaching, research, and service credentials to qualify for tenure in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics at James Madison University. Previous experience as a department chair or some other significant academic leadership experience is beneficial. The candidate will be expected to promote diversity, access and inclusion among students, faculty and staff. The position requires strong communication skills, the capacity to manage multiple competing priorities, and the ability to build effective relationships with a range of stakeholders.


To apply go to and reference posting number F1541. Candidates interested in faculty positions at the University must complete the online employment application in the JMU JobLink system and upload the following documents through the site:


  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of leadership philosophy (Other Document #1)
  • Statement of their commitment related to diversity, access and inclusion (Other Document #2)
  • Statement of teaching and research philosophy (Other Document #3)


The names and contact information for three references will be requested as part of the application. To guarantee full consideration, please provide all of these materials through the JMU JobLink system. Position start date is July 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Interested parties may contact Dr. William C. Wood, Department Head of Economics and Search Chair, by email at All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal history check.


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.

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