Appalachian State University — Chair of the Department of Biology

POSITION: The Department of Biology at Appalachian State University invites applications for the position of Department Chair, beginning July 1, 2017. Qualified candidates will have an earned doctoral degree in a biology-related discipline and a record of excellence in teaching and scholarly achievements commensurate with appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated capacity for innovative and collaborative leadership, evidence of administrative capabilities, a record of productive scholarship in a biological discipline, success in obtaining extra-mural funding, experience with undergraduate education, and documentation of strong teaching abilities.  Desired qualifications include experience with graduate education, evidence of collaboration and consensus-building across biological disciplines, and the ability to manage interdisciplinary or interdepartmental partnerships.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will provide visionary leadership to the Department, including advocacy for the Department at all levels, will guide curricular development and department initiatives, and support faculty development and student achievements.  Responsibilities also include providing the necessary guidance and support for continued excellence of the Masters-level Biology graduate program. The chair is responsible for supervising a large staff and managing the Departmental budget and resources. Additional information about the duties of Department Chairs is provided in section 2.8 of the Appalachian State Faculty Handbook:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biology ( is the largest of the natural science departments at Appalachian State University (, with 28 full-time faculty members, whose expertise spans the breadth of the biological sciences. The Department has ~1,000 undergraduate majors and offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees in Biology.  Majors in the B.S. degree program may choose from three areas of specialization: Secondary Education, Cell & Molecular Biology or Ecology/Evolution/Environmental Science.  The Department also offers a Master’s degree program which currently enrolls ~50 graduate students.

The Department has shared instrumentation for molecular biology and ecology; a 3,125 ft2 teaching and research greenhouse with a full-time manager, an herbarium with ~25,000 specimens, a scientific computing and visualization laboratory, a 250 acre field station and other land holdings, as well as access to the College of Arts & Science’s Animal Care Facility and fully equipped Microscopy Facility.  A 64 acre state nature preserve located on campus is used for both teaching and research. The Department has an active research program and has obtained ~$3.1 million in extra-mural funding over the past three years from agencies such as the NSF, NIH, and various NC state agencies.

THE UNIVERSITY: Appalachian State University is a comprehensive university within the UNC System, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life, and beautiful location. Appalachian enrolls ~18,500 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark. 

APPLICATION DETAILS: Complete applications will include the following: 1) letter of interest; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a statement addressing your leadership style and experience; 4) a statement of your thoughts concerning the future of biology departments at comprehensive universities; and 5) the names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references. Review of candidates will begin September 4, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.  All application materials should be submitted as one PDF file labeled by the candidate’s first and last name to Ms. Debi Tibbett, Departmental Administrative Assistant, at  Questions about the search may be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee: Dr. Howard S. Neufeld, at:

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.  Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Dr. Howard S. Neufeld, Search Committee Chair, at: Proper documentation of identity and employability will be required before the hiring process can be finalized. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditional upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.