Watauga Residential College Teaching Fellow & Faculty in Residence

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 29, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Title Watauga Residential College Teaching Fellow & Faculty in Residence Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Position Number 010421 Department Interdisciplinary Studies - 250450 Minimum Qualifications

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Appalachian State University invites applications for a teaching fellow at the rank of visiting assistant professor in Watauga Residential College.

We seek a candidate who holds a PhD or a terminal degree in their field of study. The degree field is open, but credentials to teach writing are required (for example, 18 graduate credit hours in Rhetoric/Composition).

Candidates who are ABD will be considered, but the position requires completion of all doctoral requirements by the time of appointment.

The position is renewable annually for no more than 3 years and will begin July 1, 2021 with a move in date of August 1, 2021.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)

We actively seek candidates who will diversify our faculty. Watauga Residential College aims at recruiting a widely diverse pool of students and we strive to have that same range among our faculty.

The successful candidate will be mentored by an experienced faculty member in Watauga Residential College.

Applicants must address the following in their letter of application: demonstrated success in and commitment to teaching with evidence of experience in online teaching, use of innovative experiential and inquiry-based learning, commitment to community engagement and to engagement with students beyond regular class and office hours, and evidence of a newly developing or already well-developed research agenda.

License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers courses and programs of study that challenge disciplinary boundaries. We offer degrees in the interdisciplinary fields of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and Global Studies, plus Appalachian’s only “DIY” major: the Interdisciplinary Studies degree. The Department is also home to Watauga Residential College, an alternative general education program that emphasizes integrative and experiential learning.

Established in 1972, Watauga Residential College ( WRC ) is the oldest residential learning community at Appalachian State University and is housed within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. WRC is a student and faculty community that fosters creativity, thoughtfulness, and civic engagement through experiential, inquiry-based learning, both in and out of the classroom. The interdisciplinary curriculum integrates academic, social, cultural, and residential experiences. Watauga students live, share meals, and take classes together in a unique hillside residence hall on campus. Both our curriculum and our community create an atmosphere of discovery, fostering awareness and understanding of local issues and of the connections between these and significant global issues. We blend academic accomplishments with an understanding of the responsibilities of community membership.

For more information about our history, our students, and our curriculum, please click here .

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The teaching load is 9 credit hours per semester of core Watauga general education classes, with opportunity to teach in other departmental programs of study based on need and the candidate’s expertise.

The Watauga Residential College faculty are expected to engage students in curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities beyond the classroom, and to maintain an active presence in the lives of the students. The Faculty in Residence in particular is responsible for developing programming for and mentoring of WRC students (approximately ten hours per week, $500 program budget per year). A two-bedroom apartment in the Living Learning Center is provided, along with utilities and internet connection.

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. Deans retain the discretion to assign or reassign faculty 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 a 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 20,000 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 application addressing demonstrated success in and commitment to teaching with evidence of experience in online teaching, use of innovative experiential and inquiry-based learning, commitment to community engagement and to engagement with students beyond regular class and office hours, and evidence of a newly developing or already well-developed research agenda;
(2) a current CV;
(3) evidence of effective teaching (for example, reviews of teaching or sample syllabi);
(4) a statement of teaching philosophy that also addresses online teaching and how your scholarship and teaching contribute to diversity and inclusion (2-page limit); and
(5) names and contact information of 3 references.

All interviews and campus visits will be conducted virtually.

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

All application materials should be submitted online through http://jobs.appstate.edu.

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.

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