Assistant Professor of Terrestrial Community Ecology

Tenure Status
Tenure Track

Provide Rank: Assistant Professor


Department: Biology – 250100

Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience are required. 

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level

We seek a colleague with expertise in insects or other invertebrates. Research specialization is open, but
we encourage applicants with expertise in global change ecology, plant-animal interactions, invasive species, and/or disease

License/Certification Required


Description of the
Department or Unit

The Department of Biology at Appalachian State University is a community of 36 faculty who are
active in teaching and research, along with a support staff of three lab technicians and three administrators. Twenty-nine of these faculty
members have earned doctorates and seven have Master’s degrees. We strive to maintain a faculty with diverse research interests, ranging
from molecules and cells to communities and landscape ecology. The department currently has 1075 Biology majors and 60 graduate students.
Additional information about the Department of Biology is located on the website at: 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching responsibilities will include an advanced course in the candidate’s area of expertise, introductory zoology, and
participation in the introductory biology sequence for majors. The successful candidate is expected to develop a research program that is
competitive for external funding and involves undergraduate and master’s students. Applicants must be able to teach face-to-face and online
with students in large lecture and small discussion formats, and teach in laboratory settings with individual students and small student
groups. Faculty will also be expected to meet with students and advisees to provide guidance regarding their academic progress. Faculty are
additionally expected to meet with colleagues to provide discussion and insight regarding academics and/or the function, maintenance and
future of the Department, College and University. Meetings with students and/or colleagues may occur in face-to-face or online, either in
small or large group settings.

Type of Position: Full Time Position


Number Of Months Per Year: 9

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of a professional position at the university. 

Description of

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.

Posting Date: 01/12/2022

Open Until Filled:

Evaluation of Applications Begins

Proposed Date of Hire:

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;
  • curriculum
  • separate statements of research interests and teaching philosophy; and
  • contact information for at least 3 references
    (name, address, telephone, email address). 

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Chair of the Search
Committee: Dr. Steve Seagle ([email protected]; 828-262-2681).

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

Disability Accommodation

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting
Maranda Maxey, ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or [email protected]

AA/EEO Statement

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

Important Contacts:

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

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

ADA/504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608

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

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will
be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring
process can be completed.

Search Chair Name
Steven W. Seagle

Search Chair

[email protected]

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