Director, Center for Appalachian Studies
College of Arts and Sciences - 250000
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.
Master’s degree in a field related to Appalachian Studies and/or
notable work experience related to grant writing, development, and
public programming, such as experience in a non-profit
organization, consistent with the Center’s mission.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate, innovate, and initiate
programming with interested stakeholders.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Center for Appalachian Studies is housed in the College of Arts
and Sciences; the Director reports to the Dean of the College. The
Director is a collaborator with, and advocate for, Appalachian
Studies who teaches, researches, and develops resources, including
collaborative grant-writing, to support instruction, research, and
community engagement. The Director coordinates faculty drawn from
academic departments across campus; manages planning, annual
reports, and assessment; oversees state, foundation, and
grant-based accounts; and supervises an administrative staff
member. The Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies has
opportunities to teach lower and upper level undergraduate and
graduate courses, and serves in various outreach capacities
representing the Center on-campus and off-campus in community,
regional, and international programs. The Director cooperates with
the editor of Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review and
the librarian of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in Belk
Library and Information Commons.
Duties and responsibilities of the position include but are not
limited to the following:
- Initiate, promote, and coordinate public programs, community
collaboration, civic engagement, and scholarship in the Appalachian
- Engage in consistent development and grant-writing efforts to
support the Center’s activities.
- Manage state, foundation, and grant-based financial
- Supervise and evaluate an administrative staff member.
- Collaborate with the contributing faculty members of the
Appalachian Studies academic programs.
- Teach lower and/or upper-level courses to meet curricular
- Maintain Graduate Faculty status.
- Submit an annual report, assessment goals and results, and
related accountability requirements.
- Coordinate with the editor of the Appalachian Journal and
librarian for the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in the Belk
Library and Information Commons to provide research support for
faculty and student projects related to the Appalachian region, and
direct faculty to relevant research materials (e.g. databases,
bibliographic sources, archival sites).
- Recruit faculty from all academic units to collaborate as
affiliate members of the Center, which affords opportunities to
contribute to discussions about the Center’s programs and external
- Serve as a project consultant and co-principal investigator for
external grant proposals for faculty research focused on the
- Serve as a liaison to meet faculty networking needs in the
Appalachian region, nationally, and internationally.
- Collaborate with on-campus stakeholders, including academic
departments across the university; the Appalachian and Community
Together ( ACT ) Office; the Appalachian Heritage Council; Belk
Library and Information Commons; the Office of International
Education and Development; the Office of Sustainability; and the
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.
- Provide content and advice campus units about regional
programming and add content to programs and events related to the
- Interact regularly with public and private organizations in the
region to discuss current issues for programming and research.
- Provide research, programming, and networking support for
non-profit organizations that share in the mission of the
- Act upon requests for collaboration and support from external
- Initiate and contribute to international programming consistent
with the Center’s mission, such as comparative Mountain Studies
Suggested Salary Range
$64,000 - $67,000
Physical Demands of Position
Typical physical demands of a professional position within a
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please attach the required documents:
- Cover Letter;
- List of three References with Contact Information;
- A statement that expresses your vision for the Center for
Appalachian Studies; and
- A statement that expresses your teaching experience, and
notable experiences working with, and reaching out to diverse
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