Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development - 088631

Fine & Applied Arts
Sustainable Development

The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning January 2018. Applicants must have a PhD in a field related to sustainable development with expertise in wildlife conservation and development and political ecology. The Department is particularly interested in candidates whose work complements existing departmental strengths in Africa. 

Applicants will have demonstrated commitment to teaching, a record of relevant publications, and evidence of successful grant seeking. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach undergraduate sustainable development courses, including Conservation and Development, Development Theory and Practice, Environment and Development in the Global South, and Sustainability and Creative Practice. The Department is particularly interested in candidates who are able to address conservation and development issues at both local and global scales and to develop coursework that supports and enhances our degree programs in environmental studies and critical development studies.  

The teaching load is three courses per semester for faculty with an active research agenda. Faculty must be able to maintain a productive level of scholarship and participate regularly in curriculum development, student advisement, and service activities. 

Applications should include the following, as a single PDF file: 1) a letter of interest that includes discussion of relevant scholarly research and teaching philosophy; 2) a curriculum vitae, including contact information for at least three references; 3) a one-page statement articulating your approach to sustainable development, including a discussion of how your work will complement the department’s existing emphases on environmental studies and critical development studies; and 4) a writing sample. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All application materials should be submitted as a single PDF file to Dr. Jennifer Westerman at with the subject line: “Application for SD Conservation and Development Position.” Any questions regarding the position may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Jennifer Westerman, at

The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department is a critical development studies department that is committed to preparing students for both thoughtful analysis of the processes of human development and applied practice in the pursuit of transformative, community-driven development and social change. We have more than 300 undergraduate majors who concentrate in one of four degree programs in environmental studies (BS/BA); community, regional, and global development (BS); and agroecology and sustainable agriculture (BS). The Department’s mission is to prepare students to engage in the social, economic, and environmental transformations necessary to create thriving, equitable, and sustainable communities within an ecologically healthy world. The Department is uniquely qualified to contribute to the University’s strategic commitment to building a “just and sustainable future.” Additional information is available at

Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life, and breathtaking location. Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark. The University’s mission is to “prepare students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all.” Appalachian State is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system. 

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs or 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 may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Dr. Jennifer Westerman at

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.