Department Chair for Rural Resiliency & Innovation
Tenure Track with Administrative Duties
Rural Resilience and Innovations - 251000
- Possesses an earned doctorate or other appropriate terminal
degrees from an accredited institution related to an applied focus
within the broad areas of health science, social sciences,
humanities, community development, and/or other related
- Provides a sufficient academic record to be granted the rank of
full professor and tenure in the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Demonstrates effective leadership within the academy and/or
other non-profit organizations or government organizations.
- Exhibits excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrates ample familiarity and experience with both online
and face-to-face curriculum development.
- Shares a commitment to inclusive excellence, student
mentorship, and faculty collaborations.
- Provides evidence of one's ability to work collaboratively
within the university and its programs, and among community
Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)
Description of the Department or Unit
The Department of Rural Resilience and Innovation (RR&I), the
newest department in the College of Arts and Sciences at
Appalachian State University, will serve as a hub for those working
on scholarship, teaching and service with rural community partners.
The new chair will develop a foundation for the department that
allows for community-based partnerships, high impact practices for
students, and applied scholarship. The department's focus will be
on four major areas: rural health and wellness, sustainability
(broadly-defined), rural-urban interdependence, and
community-engaged scholarship and practices.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Establish policies and procedures necessary for governance of
the new department and affiliated faculty and staff.
- Develop program curricula and degree/certificate programs
relevant to the department's mission utilizing existing University
- Pursue additional resources (e.g., external funding) to
incentivize participation in the department and grow capacity in
research, teaching, and community collaboration.
- Facilitate the coordination of multidisciplinary projects
related to the three focus areas with faculty across the
- Grow the public profile of the department locally and
- Supervise a part-time department administrative assistant and
affiliated faculty members.
- Support and manage personnel related to the department's
- Other duties and responsibilities associated with chair service
as explained in the University's Faculty
Handbook , Section 2.8, pages 21-22.
- Direct college engagement activities and online degree pathways
in consultation with the Dean, including the college's Bachelor of
Science online degree program, Veterinary Technology.
Physical Demands of Position
Typical physical demands of classroom and educational environments
in a 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
Special Instructions to Applicants
For a complete application, please apply and submit all
below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State
University's Job Board:
- Cover Letter indicating qualifications for the position.
- Curriculum Vita
- Diversity Statement addressing how you incorporate diversity,
equity, and inclusion into your work.
- Vision Statement for the development of a Rural Resiliency and
- List of three (minimum) professional references including
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.
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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