Posted: Mar 30, 2021

Assistant/Associate Assessment Specialist and Assistant/Associate Professor

James Madison University - Harrisonburg, VA
Salary: Annually
Application Deadline: May 1, 2021

The Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) and the Department of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University (JMU) seek a new colleague to contribute to campus assessment activities and to the Assessment and Measurement PhD program, which is dedicated to preparing professionals in assessment and measurement.

CARS integrates state-of-the-art assessment, graduate student training, and research. CARS faculty work with interdisciplinary teams of JMU faculty and staff on a variety of projects related to the assessment and improvement of learning and developmental outcomes of university students. CARS faculty consult with campus programs in the development of assessments and assessment plans, assist with the analysis of data and reporting of results, and provide guidance in the use of results for learning improvement. JMU is committed to student outcomes assessment and provides a unique, supportive setting for the development of innovative assessment methods and practices. JMU has received an unprecedented twelve national awards for student learning outcomes assessment practice.

The Assessment & Measurement PhD program integrates strong training in measurement theory and quantitative methods, applied assessment skills and experiences, and the knowledge and skills necessary to influence assessment practice and policies. The doctoral program is housed with other nationally recognized graduate programs in the Department of Graduate Psychology. CARS faculty members teach courses in assessment, measurement, or statistics, mentor graduate students, and conduct scholarly research. The faculty has established an outstanding record of research productivity.

Requirements for the position are a doctorate in a relevant field, credentials and a scholarship record commensurate with rank, and effective organizational and communication skills. CARS and the Department of Graduate Psychology are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their assessment work, teaching and/or research, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. To apply, visit or go to and reference posting number F1581. Candidates will complete a faculty profile and submit:

  • A letter of interest stating qualifications for the position
  • A letter of interest stating qualifications for the position. In addition to articulating interest and qualifications, this document must include a discussion of the candidate‚Äôs contributions or potential contributions to the diversity of the classroom, program, and university.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of selected research publications (as Other Document #1).
  • Supplemental materials beyond research publications can also be submitted, optionally (as Other Document #2).

Application review will begin May 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. This position is available August 25, 2021. Queries may be addressed to the search co-chairs, Sara Finney ([email protected]) or Dena Pastor ([email protected]). Salary is competitive.


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