Assistant Professor of Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies

Johnson City, Tennessee, United States

Job description

Department: Appalachian Studies – 21010

Job Category: Faculty

Job Summary

The Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies to begin in August 2018.

The position will direct the Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies program within the Department; direct a study abroad program in Scotland and Ireland; coordinate Celtic music activities within Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies; teach a range of courses in Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish culture and history; provide individual instruction on instruments commonly used in Celtic music; teach performance and presentation skills; coach and mentor artistic development in students; direct student Celtic performing groups. Other responsibilities include research/scholarship/creative activity, service, recruiting and advising students, and participation in Department and program governance.

Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Appalachian Studies includes undergraduate and graduate programs in Appalachian Studies; an Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies program; and the world’s first baccalaureate program in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies. The Department is affiliated with the Center of Excellence in Appalachian Studies and Services, which was founded in 1984 and includes the Regional Resources Institute, the Reece Museum, and the Archives of Appalachia. ETSU is located in the Tri-Cities region of the beautiful southern Appalachian Mountains, ideally located to promote study and service in the region.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies or a closely related field; professional-level ability in Celtic music; at least five years of experience teaching Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies and Celtic music at the university level; the ability to teach one or more standard Celtic instruments from beginning through advanced levels; expert knowledge of Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish historical and cultural connections; at least five years of experience directing and teaching in a study abroad program in Scotland and Ireland.

Posting Number: F00147P

How to apply

Candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, three professional references, a philosophy of teaching, and unofficial transcripts.

In addition, each applicant must submit recordings (commercial or composite) of at least five performances of their work (instrumental and/or vocal). These should not exceed a total of 25 minutes. Each recording should be submitted in digital format (mp3 preferred) via email to and be accompanied by a track listing that identifies the instrument(s) played and/or vocals.

Transcripts must be submitted to be considered for review (unofficial transcripts or a copy of the transcript is acceptable for application purposes). Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

ETSU pursues its mission through a student-centered community of learning reflecting high standards and promoting a balance of liberal arts and professional preparation, continuous improvement, and based on core values where: PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential ; RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity, and trust; DIVERSITY of people and thought is respected; EXCELLENCE is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic; EFFICIENCY is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.