Chairperson - 017041

Arts & Sciences
Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University ( (ASU) invites applications and nominations for the position of department Chairperson, with a start date of July 1, 2018. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field, and must be eligible for tenure at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.

Candidates must provide evidence of excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, and outreach. Leadership skills are essential and we seek applicants who possess a demonstrated record of quality administrative experience. The successful candidate must have the outstanding communication, interpersonal, and mentoring skills necessary for the support of faculty, staff, and student development. While providing leadership toward achieving departmental and institutional goals, e.g. including interdisciplinary teaching and research, the Chairperson will seek to enhance existing levels of funding and support of all kinds. This includes grants, contracts, academic collaborations, corporate partnerships, and assisting the dean’s office with occasional fund-raising opportunities. Department Chairs at ASU normally teach one class per semester and maintain a research program which compliments existing activity in the department and can include students. 

The department offers a B.S. degree in Physics with concentrations in Applied Physics and Secondary Education with licensure, a B.A. in Physics, and a nationally-ranked M.S. in Engineering Physics. The Master’s program also supports Professional Science Master's (PSM) concentrations in Instrumentation and Automation and also in Nanoscience. Facilities include, but are not limited to: the Dark Sky Observatory; the state-of-the-art Rankin Astronomy Instructional Facility; nanoscience and advanced materials laboratories including extensive electron, ion, and scanned probe microscopy instrumentation; an electrostatics laboratory; a non-neutral plasma dynamics laboratory; a biophotonics laboratory; optoelectronic and spectroscopy research facilities; significant interdisciplinary atmospheric sampling and remote sensing supported by NOAA and NASA; instrumentation and automation research and instructional labs; significant optics capabilities for teaching and research; and a well-established teaching and demonstration infrastructure. Examples of faculty research areas include, but are not limited to: eclipsing binaries, stellar spectroscopy, exoplanets, asteroids, atmospheric and environmental physics, archeophysics, biophysics, atomic, molecular, and optical physics, physics education research, nanoscience, and advanced materials research. The department has 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, 10 full-time instructors, 1.5 office staff, approximately 175 undergraduate majors, 40 Master's students, and the College houses complete machine and electronics shops.

Appalachian State University is a member institution of the 16-campus University of North Carolina System. Located in Boone, NC, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the University has approximately 18,800 students and has been consistently been ranked in the top-ten among Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report. The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has ranked our Engineering Physics master's program within their unordered list of the top 13 master's-terminal programs nationwide (http:/ html). AIP has also ranked the department second among master's granting institutions that award the most undergraduate bachelor's degrees. Additional information about the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the University, and surrounding area can be found on the University's website (

Applicants must submit a complete application consisting of: a letter of application; current curriculum vitae; names of four professional references* (including the references' addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers); and statements of teaching philosophy, administrative philosophy, and research plans that specifically address undergraduate participation to: Dr. Anthony G. Calamai, Electronic applications must be submitted in pdf format. Complete applications may also be mailed to Dr. Anthony G. Calamai, Department of Physics & Astronomy, ASU PO Box 32106, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608. Review of complete applications will begin November 20, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. ( * References will only be contacted with the explicit permission of the respective candidate.) 

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence among its faculty, staff and students; to the principles of diversity and inclusion; and to maintaining a work and learning environment that is free of all forms of discrimination. Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Anthony G. Calamai. A criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists who are invited to campus for an interview. Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.