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 a scholar, educator, researcher and/or leader in the field of public health and who value diversity and inclusion. This position is a full-time, tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. An earned doctorate in Public Health or a related discipline is required 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 accreditation standards.
Description of the Department or Unit
The Department of Health and Exercise Science is comprised of nationally accredited and recognized programs including the Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, the Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, the Master of Science degree in Athletic Training, 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 undergraduate Public Health degree program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health ( CEPH ). The program is growing rapidly with plans to support a Master of Public Health degree in the near future. The program currently supports seven faculty (four tenure-track) with diverse research and practice backgrounds. It also enjoys numerous strong, long-term relationships with regional health providers and public health agencies.
The department is located within the Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS). The BCHS is the newest and second largest college at Appalachian State University, with almost 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students served by 150 faculty and staff. Committed to interprofessional innovation and collaboration in teaching, scholarship, service and clinical outreach, the BCHS is transforming the health and quality of life for the communities we serve. In 2018, the College expanded to include the Holmes Convocation Center and Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences, a new, state-of-the-art 203,000 square foot facility that is the cornerstone of the Wellness District.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate students, and potentially graduate students, in the candidate’s area of expertise, mentoring public health faculty and students, conducting research, seeking external funding, and collaborating with community stakeholders and other professional organizations to bring positive visibility to the public health program.
The Endowed Professor will also work closely with the Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services to support community-based research and program development in our rural communities.
Physical Demands of Position
Typical classroom and educational environments at the university, including face to face instruction, online, and/or hybrid classes.
Description of University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
Suggested Salary Range Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Special Instructions to Applicants
A complete application consists of the following: (1) a cover letter addressing the position description, qualifications, and experience. (2) a diversity statement. Appalachian State and the Department of Health and Exercise Science are committed to working with diverse student and community populations. In your application, please describe how your scholarship, teaching, service or other relevant life experiences contribute to diverse and inclusive communities. (3) a statement of teaching philosophy. (4) a research agenda. (5) a curriculum vitae. (6) unofficial copies of all transcripts. Note that finalists invited for campus interviews must submit official transcripts prior to the campus interview. (7) a list of three (minimum) professional references including name, current position, email, address, and phone number.
The initial review of completed applications begins immediately.
Please note this position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.
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.
Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian
We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally. Inclusive Excellence is the intrinsic value that a diverse population adds to the learning, teaching, and decision-making processes of an institution.
We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.
We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.
The Beaver College of Health Sciences (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 State University with almost 3,500 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 nee...ds. 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. In 2018, the College expanded to include the Holmes Convocation Center and Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences, a new, state-of-the-art 203,000 square foot facility that is the cornerstone of the Wellness District.
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