Time Limited: Academic Innovation Specialist (Southwest NC)

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Title Time Limited: Academic Innovation Specialist (Southwest NC) Position Number 094551 Department Gear Up - 24010E 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 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field.
  • 3-5 Years of Teaching Experience.
  • Development and facilitation of STEM professional learning sessions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of STEM as an instructional framework.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of educational technology tools, resources, and classroom application.
  • Must be self-starter, capable to work both independently and be a team player.
  • Must be willing to work from home and live in or near the southwest NC region which includes the following counties: Clay, Graham, Swain, Madison, Burke.
  • Strong public relations skills, and outstanding organizational skills.
  • The ability to establish and maintain strong positive rapport with a variety of partners.
License/Certification Required


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Build strategic, positive, effective partnerships with school staff, administrators, and teachers in order to ensure academic support is comprehensive, coordinated, data-informed, and non-duplicative.
  • Serve as a system-level advocate for developing a culture of student success by ensuring GEAR UP services are embedded into existing structures at the school and district level, including supporting teachers and staff to incorporate best practices in STEM .
  • Responsible for maintaining a strong relationship with Appalachian State University GEAR UP, a regional STEM Task Force and district partners by regularly attending meetings and communicating with district/school staff.
  • Participate in regular professional development opportunities to stay abreast of updates and the changing landscape of STEM and academic innovation.
  • Support the development of strategic 7-year plans to individual GEAR UP schools and ensure alignment of GEAR UP to local education agency goals.


  • Maintain adequate service and financial records in accordance with federal, state, institutional, and GEAR UP policies.
  • Work with GEAR UP finance staff to ensure all reimbursement and expense documents are submitted on time and with minimal error.
  • Monitor progress toward cost-share commitments and budget spending.
  • Communicate regular updates to the Assistant District of Curriculum and Instructional Design to ensure that programmatic efforts and associated documentation meet GEAR UP policies and federal obligations.


  • Implementation of 7-year strategic and annual plans for each of the five assigned districts; addressing school specific goals as well as GEAR UP grant research goals.
  • Create and coordinate STEM professional learning experiences for middle and high school teachers that align with the schools’ strategic plan and GEAR UP grant goals.
  • Coordinate awareness, access and support in the participation of STEM -focused competitions and events.
  • Monitor and support all grant funded research interventions specifically aligned with academics (Math I).
  • Manage professional learning partnerships with 3rd party providers, ensure services are of high quality, and are in alignment with GEAR UP STEM vision and federal grant guidelines.
  • When appropriate, offer direct student services opportunities that encourage and motivate student engagement in STEM and academics (e.g. summer coding camps, tutor.com, etc.).


  • Collaborate with GEAR UP Coordinators to ensure all teacher services are accounted for and entered into the GEAR UP database within 30 days of delivery.
  • Assist in the coordination and administration of evaluation instruments for assigned districts.
  • Responsible for the collection and submission of usage data (in accordance with Appalachian GEAR UP policies) for electronic services purchased using district GEAR UP funding.
  • Provide regular data updates to the STEM Task Force as well as GEAR UP coordinators to keep them informed and engaged in discussions regarding strategic alignment of GEAR UP goals with district goals.
  • In collaboration with the GEAR UP Assistant Director and other GEAR UP staff, engage in regular data reviews to monitor progress toward GEAR UP goals, identify gaps, and promote the implementation of data-informed, research-based services to strategically address those gaps.
  • Monitor and work to improve response rates for teacher surveys.


  • Assist as needed with the delivery of teacher and student services such as camps, after school events, field trips, competitions, workshops, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • This position will be responsible for the management of a region of five school districts (Southwest – Clay, Graham, Swain, Madison, Burke) and candidates must live in or near the geographic region and be willing to frequently travel.
Suggested Salary Range $50,000-$55,000 Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of professional position within a university.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please provide a resume, cover letter, and answers to required supplemental questions in the application.

Any questions regarding the position can be directed to Jonathan Carpenter, chair of the search committee (carpenterjd@appstate.edu).

Please enter a minimum of 3 professional references in the application.

This position is time-limited according to the funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education for GEAR UP, which is anticipated to expire in September 2027.

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.

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.

Quick Link https://appstate.peopleadmin.com/postings/27273

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