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Department Chair for Rural Resiliency & Innovation

Appalachian State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 11, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Title Department Chair for Rural Resiliency & Innovation Tenure Status Tenure Track with Administrative Duties Position Number 095201 Department Rural Resilience and Innovations - 251000 Minimum Qualifications
  • 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 fields.
  • 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 partners.
Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)
None License/Certification Required
None 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 expertise.
  • 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 University.
  • Grow the public profile of the department locally and regionally.
  • Supervise a part-time department administrative assistant and affiliated faculty members.
  • Support and manage personnel related to the department's mission.
  • 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 experience. 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 Innovation Department.
  • List of three (minimum) professional references including contact information.
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.

Director of Human Resources/ EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187

Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144

ADA /504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056

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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