Director of the Environmental Science Program

Arts & Sciences
Geological and Environmental Sciences


The College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University invites applications to fill the position of Director of the Environmental Science Program within the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences (GES). The starting date is July 1, 2018. The program director has administrative responsibilities and assumes leadership of a program with approximately 120 undergraduate majors. The Search Committee encourages candidates at the rank of Associate or Full Professor from any of the departments that contribute to the Environmental Science Program.

The duties of the Program Director shall be to:

  • act as the Chair of the Environmental Science Advisory Board, which oversees all curricular issues of the Environmental Science degree tracks;
  • oversee the advising of Environmental Science students;
  • perform orientation duties in coordination with GES during summer and winter sessions;
  • perform recruiting activities such as fall and spring open houses in coordination with GES;
  • develop and implement assessment plans of the program; and
  • coordinate with the Chair of GES for all other issues. 

The successful candidate will have:

  • earned a Doctorate in Environmental Science or related scientific discipline;
  • strong interpersonal, leadership, and management skills;
  • demonstrated evidence of effective academic administrative ability;
  • a commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service that is consistent with the missions of the GES Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Appalachian State University;
  • a demonstrated ability to work with colleagues from the various departments that contribute to the Environmental Science Program 

Special considerations will be given to candidates with significant Environmental Science teaching and research experience, a strong record of scholarship, and a commitment to undergraduate education. Applicants must send, via email, a complete application package consisting of: a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and three professional references to the chair of the search committee, Scott Marshall, in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences ( Additionally, the three letters of recommendation must be emailed directly from the letter writers to Scott Marshall. Paper applications will not be accepted. The initial review of complete applications will begin November 27, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. The University is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. 

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Scott Marshall (Tel: 828-265-8680; email: 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.