A distinguishing characteristic of the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is the experience, diversity, and dedication of the Faculty Fellows. The Faculty Fellows consists of faculty members representing all ranks and colleges at Appalachian State University. Their goal is not simply to serve as a conduit between the faculty and CAE, but to participate in envisioning and implementing faculty development programs in their respective colleges and campus-wide. Collectively, they provide the experience, creativity, and credibility necessary for sustainable engagement, innovation, and excellence in faculty development programming. Please take the time to meet the Faculty Fellows, and feel free to contact any one of them to learn more about their role in helping us support faculty success.
Lillian Nave teaches First Year Seminar in the General Education Program of University College. She began her tenure as a Faculty Fellow in July of 2014 and is particularly interested in creating an integrated experience for Appalachian students and faculty. Paying particular attention the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, she seeks to provide connections amongst faculty members and create an inviting and safe space for collaboration and creative approaches to teaching. Additionally, Lillian seeks out new and innovative teaching and learning strategies to share while working to connect students and faculty with the myriad resources available to them at Appalachian.
Musicologist Reeves Shulstad is an Associate Professor in the Hayes School of Music. Along with her research on the composer Tui St. George Tucker, Shulstad has engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning. She was a member of the first Scholarly Teaching Academy led by Dr. Tracy Smith, and her work with that group led to a research project on student engagement in large general education courses. This project resulted in an article for The Journal of Music History Pedagogy entitled “Student Engagement through Faculty Engagement: Faculty Learning Communities as Professional Development.” Since joining the faculty in 2009, Shulstad has enjoyed experimenting with and implementing pedagogical techniques in her courses for music majors and general education students in face-to-face and online classes. She enjoys mentoring students on independent research projects and many of her mentees have presented at conferences including the National Conference for Undergraduate Research and the College Music Society and published their work in conference Proceedings. As a Faculty Fellow for the Center of Academic Excellence, Shulstad will focus on issues of inclusivity and diversity in the Hayes School of Music.
Dr. Tracy W. Smith is Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and a Faculty Fellow for Appalachian. She joined the faculty at Appalachian in 2000. In 2012, she began facilitating the inaugural cohort of the Scholarly Teaching Academy for Faculty and Academic Development. In 2014 and 2015, she facilitated a summer Course (Re)Design Institute for Appalachian. In 2014, Tracy received the Reich College of Education (RCOE) Outstanding Mentor Award. In 2005, she was the recipient of both the RCOE Outstanding Teaching Award and the Student Government Association Outstanding Teacher Award. As a Faculty Fellow, Tracy wants to focus on sustained faculty development efforts by exploring a variety of delivery models that allow more faculty to be engaged in meaningful faculty development over time. In addition, she hopes to showcase the great work that Appalachian faculty are doing by facilitating an Idea Exchange series each semester.
Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald, Professor of Mathematical Sciences and faculty member in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies, has also taught for Watauga Global Community and First Year Seminar. Her scholarship focuses on geometry as well as mathematics and society. She personally benefited from CAE programs and a Mathematical Association of America Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellowship, so she strongly supports the idea that faculty benefit from participating in and driving their own development. A Faculty Fellow since January 2015, she focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives, especially in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Michael L. Howell, Hubbard Fellow for the Beaver College of Health Sciences, is an Associate Professor and the BSW Program Director in the Department of Social Work. He joined Appalachian State University in 2008. As Mike's research and scholarship evolve, his interests now include issues in social work, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, pedagogy and effective teaching practices, and faculty development. Mike is excited to be working with his BCHS and University colleagues and CAE in this role.
Debbie Poulos is a Senior Lecture in the Department of Communication. She is the 2005 recipient of the Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in First Year Seminar, where she has taught for the past 16 years. Debbie's philosophy, "that teaching is a reciprocal and collaborative endeavor," has led her to being the Learning Leader on six Alternative Spring Experiences, mentee on a faculty-led study abroad to Belize, member of the Common Reading Committee, member of the 2nd Cohort of the Scholarly Teaching Academy, and the 2016 Faculty-in-Residence at Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Cholula, Mexico. Debbie hopes that her new role as a Faculty Fellow for the College of Fine and Applied Arts will allow her to share how faculty development has enriched her career. She wants to extend the conversation of faculty development into a more collaborative environment where colleagues learn from each other. Her goal is to provide the means for members to share, enhance, and interact using a dynamic and evolving information exchange. This approach facilitates deeper communication among faculty that share common experiences but use different approaches, techniques, styles, and activities to meet their teaching goals.