Instructional Technology Consultant
College of Arts and Sciences
Rachel Clark is an Instructional Technology Consultant in the Center for Academic Excellence at Appalachian State University. She trains Appalachian’s faculty and staff in technologies that support learning and teaching and consults in best teaching practices.
Prior to her current role, Rachel spent 12 years as faculty in Appalachian’s Professional Writing program teaching Business Writing to students in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business, teaching online for more than a decade of that. It was during this time her passion for excellence in teaching with technology was born, and she became a leader in her department in online modalities. Rachel also spent three years as Assistant Director of Appalachian’s nationally recognized Summer Reading Program training faculty, planning events and working with units all over campus.
Rachel is Appalachian's first certified facilitator of Quality Matters' flagship course Applying the QM Rubric as well as a certified QM Peer Reviewer. She taught Appalachian’s inaugural Applying the QM Rubric course to administrators and faculty across campus in Summer 2017 and is dedicated to helping lead the university's initiatives toward better online offerings.
Rachel has two master’s degrees, an M.Ed. in English Education from the University of Georgia and an M.A. in English from Appalachian State. Prior to academia, Rachel had a career in news writing during which, with no formal journalism training, she worked her way from freelancing for a rural weekly to a position as the full-time education reporter for the second largest newspaper in Georgia. When she's not on campus, Rachel likes yoga, meditation, movies, hanging out with friends, cooking and hiking.