McFarlane Family Distinguished Professorship in Interdisciplinary Education - INTERNAL POSTING

Arts & Sciences
Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies - Watauga Residential College


The College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for the McFarlane Family Distinguished Professorship in Interdisciplinary Education. The appointment is for a three-year term and will be held by a tenured faculty member assigned to the College of Arts and Sciences with preference given to those at the rank of Full Professor connected to the Watauga Residential College. Starting date is July 1, 2018. The person appointed shall have a record of outstanding accomplishment in interdisciplinary education as a teacher, scholar, or practitioner, and will have proven knowledge of, and practice in, experiential and inquiry-based learning models.

The McFarlane Family Distinguished Professor will be responsible for teaching 9 credit hours per semester in the Watauga Residential College, which is housed in the Department of Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies. His or her primary service responsibilities will be to the Watauga Residential College and will include, at a minimum, participation in all college-wide Watauga activities, including recruitment, summer orientation sessions, class ceremonies, student Move-In Day, Trail Day, communal meals, mentorship of students and junior faculty, community or campus-wide presentations and lectures, and other service as appropriate to the Watauga Residential College, the Department of Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies, or the College of Arts and Sciences. The professor will employ best practices in interdisciplinary teaching and learning in small, seminar style classes, and will identify and develop ways that his or her individual classes, and Watauga as a whole, can participate in community engaged learning practices and volunteer service activities. In addition, the professor will be available for consultation with faculty, researchers, and community, and will contribute to the university in ways suitable to his or her backgrounds and talents.

The McFarlane Family Distinguished Professor will aid in shaping the future course of Watauga Residential College by participating as a voting member in all college and departmental faculty meetings, providing input to strategic plans, and developing and revising policies and procedures for the Watauga Residential College that will improve and extend its history of innovative educational practices.

Applicants must send via email a complete application consisting of: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and the names and contact information of three professional references and three student references (not currently enrolled at ASU) to the chair of the search committee, Dru Henson, in the College of Arts and Sciences ( Paper applications will not be accepted. The initial review of completed applications will begin January 19, 2018 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 Dru Henson (Tel: 828-262-3078; 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.