Senior Visiting Professorship

Position Title Senior Visiting Professorship Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Position Number 087201 Department Government & Justice Studies - 250750 Minimum Qualifications

Research, teaching, service, or professional experiences with an established record of supporting underrepresented groups and promoting diversity and inclusiveness.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)

Areas of expertise are open to all subfields, including American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and policy. Areas of particular interest include African American/Racial Politics; Latinx politics; North Carolina politics; Indigenous politics; Environmental politics/climate change; LGBTQ Politics and Policy; Political Communications/media and politics; Human Rights; and, Social Movements and Contentious Politics.

License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

The Department of Government and Justice Studies includes 30 tenure-track faculty with undergraduate programs in political science, public administration and criminal justice and graduate programs in political science and public administration. Additional information about the Department of Government and Justice Studies can be found here . Additional information about the University and surrounding area can be found here .

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

All visiting scholars will be expected to teach 1-2 classes per-semester and support activities promoting engagement with faculty and/or students. Proposed courses should reflect the scholar’s area of expertise and those that our faculty cannot offer currently. In addition to traditional course formats, we encourage courses that can be co-taught with GJS faculty or may involve experiential learning. Activities promoting engagement will utilize a generous budget attached to the position earmarked to support the activities of the professorship such as hosting events and speakers on campus and funding collaborative research and engagement with faculty and students.

As a part of the COVID -19 response, Appalachian State University is employing flexible teaching formats to address academic needs and to comply with local, state and federal public health regulations or orders. Your deans retain the discretion to assign or reassign you to teach in either online or in-person formats during or after the COVID -19 pandemic, as necessary.

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of professional position at the university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Suggested Salary Range Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application consists of:
(1) a letter of interest discussing possible courses, activities, and/or projects you would like to engage with students and faculty during your tenure in the Department of Government and Justice Studies;
(2) applicant’s available and preferred start dates and length of appointment (under miscellaneous);
(3) a list of three (minimum) professional References with Contact Information;
(4) current vitae, and
(5) a Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background, experiences and/or professional work has supported underrepresented groups and promoted diversity and inclusiveness.

Any additional questions can be directed to the search chair, Dr. Renee Scherlen, at

Please note this position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally. Inclusive Excellence is the intrinsic value that a diverse population adds to the learning, teaching, and decision-making processes of an institution.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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