Professor in Public Health - 089351

Health Sciences
Health and Exercise Science

The Department of Health and Exercise Science in the Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) at Appalachian State University invites applications for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Distinguished Endowed Professorship in Public Health.  We are seeking candidates who are nationally known as scholars, educators, researchers and/or leaders in the field of public health and value diversity and inclusion.  This position is a full-time, tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.  Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate students in the candidate’s area of expertise, mentoring public health faculty and students, conducting high level research, seeking external funding and collaborating with community stakeholders and other professional organizations to bring positive visibility to the Public Health program. 

An earned doctorate in Public Health or a related discipline is required along with significant research and/or practice experience in one of the core areas of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral science, health policy and management, and/or environmental health).  Candidates whose degree is in a related discipline must demonstrate academic experience and credentials for designation as core public health faculty by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation standards. 

The Department of Health and Exercise Science is comprised of nationally accredited and recognized programs including the Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training, Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, and the Master of Science degree in Exercise Science.  The mission of the Public Health program is to provide theoretical and applied knowledge that prepares students to promote and protect the health of the public.  The Public Health program is currently seeking CEPH accreditation and is expected to continue to grow and expand to include diverse research and practice areas of public health.  The program currently supports five tenure-track faculty with diverse research and practice backgrounds, and one non-tenure track faculty member.  It also enjoys numerous strong, long-term relationships with regional public health agencies and other health-related not-for-profit entities.  

The BCHS is nestled high in the Appalachian mountains of northwestern NC, a region renowned for scenic beauty and outdoor recreation such as hiking, biking, fishing, and canoeing.  The BCHS is the newest and second largest college at Appalachian with approximately 3,400 undergraduate and graduate majors served by 150 faculty and staff.  The BCHS was established to meet the growing healthcare needs in North Carolina and beyond, and is poised to be the preeminent and most comprehensive academic center for health professions in western North Carolina.  Committed to interprofessional innovation and collaboration in teaching, scholarship, service and clinical outreach, the BCHS will transform the health and quality of life for the communities we serve.  The BCHS is home to 10 undergraduate and 6 graduate programs of study which include communication sciences and disorders, heath care management, nursing, social work, nutrition and foods, exercise science, public health, athletic training, health and physical education, and recreation management.  The BCHS is committed to expanding existing and developing new health programs that meet regional needs.  In addition, the BCHS is home for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Institute for Health and Human Services and the Human Performance Lab at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, and has a collaborative partnership with Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program.  This partnership has resulted in a cohort of this acclaimed program being delivered on the Appalachian campus and will enhance student learning through interprofessional clinical and service outreach.  Beginning in 2018 the College will occupy a new state-of-the-art 203,000 square foot facility that will be the cornerstone of the ASU Health Sciences Campus. 

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  A complete application consists of the following: (1) a cover letter addressing the position description, qualifications, and experience; (2) a statement of teaching philosophy; (3) a research agenda; (4) a curriculum vitae; (5) unofficial copies of all transcripts; and, (6) a list of three (minimum) professional references including name, current position, email, address, and phone number.  Applications should be uploaded to: (create a free account).  For questions contact the search committee chair, Dr. Richard Christiana (; phone 828.262.6335).  

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 may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Dr. Richard Christiana (; Phone 828.262.6335).  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.