Department Chair - 047651

Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University invites applications for the position of department chair at the associate or professor rank. We seek a dynamic leader that embraces shared governance to lead a faculty who strive to model reflection, advocacy, and care for community in order to work toward an equitable, democratic, and sustainable society. The appointment is a 9 month contract with Administrative duties during the entire fiscal year. The chair will serve as the primary advocate for our department on the college, university, state, national and international level, and will teach one course per semester. The department offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Career and Technical Education, and Educational Media, leading to NC licensure (

Required Qualifications:

Qualified applicants must:

  • Hold a doctorate degree in an appropriate discipline in Curriculum and Instruction or a related area;
  • Have a record of exemplary teaching, evidence of strong scholarship, and service appropriate for associate or professor rank;
  • Have a record of demonstrated leadership experience in their field of expertise;
  • Possess effective interpersonal and collaborative management skills necessary for providing department leadership within the college and university;
  • Possess prior administrative experience with budgeting, personnel, program evaluation, facilities management and scheduling; and
  • Have experience serving as a liaison with university, college and/or local school partners;
  • Have experience in obtaining and/or supporting external funding.

The Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The College is comprised of five departments (Curriculum and Instruction, Leadership and Educational Studies, Reading Education & Special Education, Human Development & Psychological Counseling, and Family & Child Studies) and enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. Appalachian State University, located in Boone, North Carolina, is part of the University of North Carolina system with an enrollment of approximately 19,000 students.

 Application: Interested candidates should submit a letter of application that addresses the required qualifications; current curriculum vitae; and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers for five professional references familiar with the qualifications of the candidate. Application packages must be submitted electronically in PDF format to Dr. Chris Cook, Co-Chair of the search committee at Review of complete applications will begin on November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Appalachian State University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free from all forms of discrimination. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and 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. Chris Cook at or (828)-262-6062.

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.