Summer Faculty Positions

Appalachian Summer Regional Governor's School
Program Dates: July 13 – 17, 2020

Proposals for course offerings in any area of science, technology, and the arts are welcomed. Each course provides 30 hours of instruction for gifted high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  A stipend of $1500.00 will be paid to the successful applicant upon completion of teaching the proposed course. Instructors with previous experience teaching for the Appalachian Governor’s School may be eligible for a stipend increase.

Application Deadline is February 14, 2020

Please send a cover letter, resume, and completed course proposal (may also submit a course syllabus if available) to:

Jenny Buchanan, Director
Appalachian Governor's School
℅ Spiller Elementary School
330 Tazewell Street
Wytheville, VA 24382

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the Governor's School website for additional information:

For further information, call Jenny Buchanan at (276) 239-2323

or e-mail:

Minimum desired applicant qualifications include:

-Hold a valid Virginia Teacher’s license OR have special expertise deemed necessary by the Governor’s School Board of Directors (e.g., a Master’s degree).

-Eighteen hours of graduate study in the field of expertise.

-Be available to teach the proposed course from July 13th through July 17th.

-Complete a background check if required after being selected for employment.

Desirable teaching qualities:

1. Knowledge of instructional technology is preferred.

2. A knowledge and understanding of the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics, needs, and problems found in gifted students as a result of their atypical mental development.

3. The ability to develop a flexible, individualized, enriching curriculum appropriate to meeting the individual gifted pupil needs and nurturing group interaction.

4. The ability to create an environment in which the gifted can use their strengths, explore their personal and interpersonal development, risk new areas of thought and action, and feel challenged.

5. The ability to teach the gifted learner the skills of rational thinking, integration of mind and body, self-actualization, intuitive development, and self-evaluation.

6. The ability to nurture creativity in all its aspects of thinking, feeling, intuiting, and expressing talent through products.

7. The ability to encourage in gifted learners a sense of social awareness and commitment to humanity and to their environment, and a respect for the worth and dignity of others.

8. The ability to relate well to colleagues and parents of gifted learners and to conduct professional meetings for their benefit.

Wytheville Community College is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. Instructional position funding is contingent upon the provision of funds for this purpose by the 2020 Virginia General Assembly.

The Appalachian Governor's School is funded by the Virginia Department of Education and jointly sponsored by the School Divisions of Bland, Carroll, Galax, Grayson, Smyth, and Wythe, in conjunction with Wytheville Community College.

2020 Program Faculty Positions

Program Dates: July 13 - 17, 2020
Deadline for Course Proposals and teaching consideration: February 14, 2020

Compensation: $1,500.00 Stipend (a stipend increase may be provided to returning instructors)

Program Information: Appalachian Summer Regional Governor's School is a ten-day program for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are identified as gifted by the local school divisions. Set on the campus of Wytheville Community College, the program serves approximately 36 identified gifted high school students from the counties of Carroll, Bland, Grayson, Smyth, and Wythe as well as the City of Galax. There are four morning courses and four afternoon courses. Morning classes are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Afternoon classes are scheduled for 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The program's preferred focus is on the sciences (including social sciences), arts (including Humanities), and technology (including computer technology, mathematics, and language courses).

The program may hire a maximum of eight instructional positions.  Instructors are expected to provide thirty hours of instruction (1 course) during one of these scheduled sessions for 5 instructional days. Additional responsibilities include attending the faculty training during late winter/early spring, weekly staff meetings during the program, and the final closing program/open house. Other responsibilities may be assigned while the program is in operation. Each instructor receives a $1500.00 stipend, with a possible stipend increase for returning instructors. An additional benefit is the opportunity to work with highly motivated bright young adults in a small group setting in an intellectually stimulating environment.  Average class size is nine students.

Applicants must submit the following by February 14, 2020:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Course Proposal Form (attached)
  • If available, the proposed course syllabus should be submitted.

Applicant Selection Notification: The Appalachian Summer Regional Governor's board of Directors selects the seven courses. All applicants will receive notification of acceptance or denial in March.

If hired, applicants must:

  • Complete a State of Virginia employment application, available through Malinda Eversole in the business office in Smyth Hall or available on the college website at
  • Applicant should be aware that a background check might be required for employment.
  • Submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts to Malinda Eversole at:

Malinda Eversole, Director of Human Resources

RE: Appalachian Summer Regional Governor's School Faculty

1000 E. Main St

111 Smyth Hall

Wytheville, VA 24382

Email:  phone (276) 223-4869

If you have questions about the program, please contact Jenny Buchanan, Director, via email at (preferred) or call at 276-239-2323.

All instructional positions are contingent upon the provisions of funds for this purpose by 2020 Virginia General Assembly. 


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