Fine & Applied Arts
Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

POSITION: Chairperson of the Department of Sustainable Technology & the Built Environment (STBE), beginning July 1, 2017. This is a tenured position with competitive salary and benefits.

THE DEPARTMENT: The STBE Department houses three academic programs: the BS in Sustainable Technology; the BS in Building Science, with three concentrations; and the MS in Technology, with four concentrations ( The Department includes 18 full-time faculty serving approximately 500 undergraduate students and 40 graduate students. The recent restructuring that led to creation of the STBE Department was driven by the University's Strategic Plan in order to facilitate transformative growth within our academic programs, which have played an integral role in building the University's sustainability agenda. Faculty from these three programs have brought in over $8 million in external funding since 2007. Their work exemplifies a commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, with specific emphases on renewable energy, resource conservation, and sustainable design and construction of healthy, high-performance buildings. Students in these programs have achieved notable successes in national and international competitions, including the Formula Sun Grand Prix and American Solar Challenge, the USDOE Race to Zero and Solar Decathlon, Solar Decathlon Europe, and the USEPA P3.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The chairperson will provide vision and leadership to the STBE Department, engage in effective advocacy for the Department, mentor faculty and staff to foster their professional development, work collaboratively to maintain program excellence and growth, support efforts to promote student opportunity and achievement, develop and manage a departmental budget, participate in planning capital improvements, and oversee departmental policies and initiatives. The chairperson maintains an active scholarly agenda and typically teaches one class per semester. A complete description of the chairperson's role can be found in the Faculty Handbook, section 2.8.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified candidates will have an earned terminal degree in a related discipline and a record of excellence in teaching and scholarly achievements commensurate with appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor; exceptional candidates without the terminal degree but who possess professional licensure and significant professional experience may be considered. Essential qualifications include a demonstrated record of collaborative leadership; a record of obtaining external funding; evidence of a commitment to sustainability through teaching, research, and/or service; and at least eight years of prior university-level teaching experience. Desired qualifications include national/ international recognition for academic or professional achievements and a demonstrated ability to find and acquire alternative funding streams to support and sustain departmental initiatives.

THE UNIVERSITY: Appalachian State University is a member institution of the multi-campus University of North Carolina. Located in Boone, North Carolina, Appalachian has approximately 18,500 students, primarily in bachelor's and master's programs. Appalachian is considered one of the outstanding universities in the South and consistently ranks among the top schools nationwide for its commitment to sustainability. The University stresses excellence in teaching and prides itself on outstanding working relationships between students and professors.

THE COMMUNITY: Boone, North Carolina, is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The area is known for mountain views, beautiful scenery, and diverse cultural offerings. The 3,300-foot elevation makes for cool summers, spectacular fall scenery, and exceptional year-round outdoor recreational opportunities.

APPLICATION: Review of candidates will begin November 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Complete applications will include a cover letter that summarizes key qualifications; a current CV; most recent transcripts (official or unofficial); a one-page statement of leadership philosophy; and names, titles, and complete contact information for four references. Required documents should be submitted as a single PDF file, labeled "[lastname]-STBE-chairperson." Send applications as an email attachment to Dr. Marie Hoepfl at, with the subject heading: "STBE Chairperson."
For more information about this position, contact: Dr. Marie Hoepfl, Search Committee Chair / 828-262-3122

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 the search committee chairperson, Marie Hoepfl, 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 conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.