Nov 20 2021


Job: Department Chair, Philosophy and Religion, Appalachian State University

The Department of Philosophy & Religion at Appalachian State University invites applications from senior scholars for the position of Department Chair beginning July 1, 2022. This is a tenure-track, 9-month position with 12-month duties. Applicants must: (1) have a Ph.D. in the fields of either Philosophy or Religious Studies; (2) have a record of teaching, scholarship, and service appropriate for appointment at the rank of Professor (advanced Associate Professors will be considered); (3) have previous administrative experience in a higher education context and a collaborative leadership philosophy; (4) demonstrate success at promoting diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence; (5) demonstrate experience in advocating for programs within the university context and recruiting students into degree programs.

The area of teaching and research is open.

The Department offers majors and minors in Philosophy and Religious Studies as well as a limited number of graduate courses. The department is linked to other units across the university and makes a significant contribution to the General Education curriculum. There are seventeen tenured/tenure track faculty. For more information, see

Complete applications consist of a cover letter detailing both qualifications for the position and evidence of recruiting success, given the department’s particular interest in attracting students to our degree programs; a CV; a diversity statement describing evidence of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness; a leadership statement detailing the candidate’s approach to departmental consensus building; a research statement; and the names and contact information of three references. Three letters of recommendation will be requested from short-listed applicants.

​​Applications must be submitted via the following link:

Review of completed applications will begin December 6, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Appalachian State University, located in the southern Appalachian Mountains, is a highly ranked

master’s comprehensive university and part of the 17 campus University of North Carolina system. With more than 20,000 students, Appalachian State strives to maintain its reputation for excellence in teaching, while continuing to enhance its research reputation.

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally. 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 equal opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

AA/EOE employer. Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or

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 conditional upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

For additional information about this position, please contact Dr. Conrad Ostwalt, Chair, Search

Committee at

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