Inclusive Excellence Team

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The Inclusive Excellence Team is comprised of a group of faculty leading diversity, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion efforts. The team members are diverse in our disciplines, strengths, representation of departments and colleges, and diverse in our identities. The purpose of the IE Team is to create and deliver professional development opportunities and strategic DEI planning in Academic Affairs and collaborate cross-divisionally. The team provides guidance and coordination of the Inclusive Excellence liaisons and offers support for faculty, department chairs, and deans. If you are interested in serving on the Inclusive Excellence Team, please contact Dr. Brandy Bryson, Director of Inclusive Excellence, at brysonbs@appstate.edu.

Dr. Brandy Bryson 

Brandy Bryson

Director, Inclusive Excellence 

Associate Professor
Department of Leadership and Educational Studies
College of Education 
Research and Strategy Associate
Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership & Social Innovation

Dr. Brandy Bryson is an Associate Professor in the Educational Foundations program in the Leadership and Educational Studies Department at Appalachian State University. Brandy teaches Critical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching for teacher education majors, Critical Perspectives on Race and Whiteness for The Honors College, a doctoral seminar on paradigms and frameworks, and other graduate courses on race and inclusive diversity. Additionally, she supervises doctoral student dissertations and honors theses. Her research focuses on inclusive diversity, equity, and social justice broadly with a particular emphasis on racial literacy and racial equity in society and schools, PK-Doctorate.

Dr. Andrew Bellemer

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Inclusive Excellence Coordinator

Associate Professor
Molecular Neuroscience
Biology

Dr. Andrew (Andy) Bellemer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. He teaches Molecular Biology and Neurobiology courses in Biology and leads a research program that investigates the molecular, cellular, and neurobiological mechanisms of pain. Andy was previously an IE liaison for the Department of Biology and is currently the faculty advisor for the Tri Beta Biology Honor Society and the Appalachian Neuroscience Organization. He is also a member of the ADVANCE Appalachian team, which has received National Science Foundation funding to promote systemic change at Appalachian State University in support of equity and inclusion in STEM faculty positions.

Dr. Lindsay Masland

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Inclusive Excellence Team Faculty Affiliate

Associate Professor  
Department of Psychology
Associate Director of Faculty Professional Development
Center for Academic Excellence 

Dr. Lindsay Masland is the Associate Director for Faculty Professional Development at the Center for Academic Excellence. She also serves as an Associate Professor of Psychology, teaching courses in education, psychology, and statistics to future educators at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Lindsay was honored to win both university and national teaching awards in 2020 (i.e., the Appalachian State University Excellence in Teaching Award and the Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award for Early Career Psychologists). She serves as a Consulting Editor for two journals on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and she is the Director of the Annual Conference on Teaching, a national teaching conference.  Her research and professional development interests lie at the intersection of student engagement, effective teaching practices, and inclusive excellence, and her passion is to help educators make sound instructional choices that lead to transformative educational experiences for every person who enters our classrooms.

Dr. PJ Nelsen

Peter Nelson

Inclusive Excellence Team Faculty Affiliate

Associate Professor
Department of Leadership & Education Studies

Laurie Rivera

Dr. Laurie Rivera

Inclusive Excellence Coordinator

Senior Lecturer
Department of Health and Exercise Science
Coordinator of Clinical Education in the Athletic Training Program
College of Health Sciences

Laurie Rivera is a Senior Lecturer and the Coordinator of Clinical Education in the Athletic Training Program in the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. Previously, Laurie was the IE Liaison for the Department of Health and Exercise Science. She has completed App Allies training, attended numerous workshops over the years around the topics of inclusion and diversity. As a faculty member and actively practicing clinician, she strives to model inclusive behaviors and speech while emphasizing to her students that patients are individual people first, not their condition or injury. Making certain that inclusion and diversity are represented in case studies, PowerPoint slides, and standardized patients are paramount to education.

Dr. Reeves Shulstad

Reeves Shulstad

Inclusive Excellence Coordinator

Professor
Musicology

Reeves Shulstad (she/hers) has been a member of the Appalachian faculty since 2009. Her degrees include a Masters and Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Florida State University.  Shulstad teaches courses on music history and style, music and society, and music and gender in the Hayes School of Music.  In addition to teaching, Shulstad is working on a book about microtonalist composer Tui St. George Tucker, a contemporary of John Cage who split her time between Greenwich Village and Camp Catawba, a boys camp outside of Blowing Rock, NC. Shulstad is also working on a critical edition of Tucker's music.  Shulstad also serves as the Coordinator for Mid-Career Development through ASU's Center for Academic Excellence.

Dr. Matthew Thomas-Reid

Matthew Thomas-Reid

Inclusive Excellence Coordinator

Assistant Professor
Department of Leadership and Educational Studies
College of Education

Matthew Thomas-Reid (he/him/his pronouns) is an assistant professor of Educational Foundations and affiliate faculty with Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies. Matthew is faculty advisor for GAPP (Gay and Progressive Pedagogy) and is the editor of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society Journal.  His areas of research include philosophy of education, social justice education, and queer pedagogy.  His current research projects focus on utilizing LGBTQIA histories and narratives with a view toward 'queering' pedagogy, praxis, and, most recently, digital literacies. 

 

 

Dr. Carol Babyak

Dr. Carol Babyak

Inclusive Excellence Coordinator

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Carol Babyak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences. As an analytical chemist, Dr. Babyak teaches Quantitative Chemical Analysis, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, along with Introductory Chemistry. Dr. Babyak’s research focuses on trace metals in aqueous environments, and she studied the TVA coal fly ash spill that occurred in Harriman, TN. As a member of the Inclusive Excellence (IE) Team, Dr. Babyak works on ways to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. She has created and facilitated workshops and webinars on Inclusive Excellence in the Natural and Physical Sciences and the use of case studies in the classroom.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Bellows

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Inclusive Excellence Coordinator

Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education
Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellow, RCOE

Dr. Elizabeth Bellows is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University. She teaches social studies methods courses in elementary, middle, and secondary programs and is a member of the Graduate Faculty. Her research involves intersections of critical social studies and teacher education as well as historical research as it relates to social studies education, and international inquiry about social studies education in Japan and Romania. Dr. Bellows recently co-edited a book, (Re)Imagining Elementary Social Studies: A Controversial Issues Reader, which highlights her efforts to engage pre-service teachers with frameworks of anti-racist and socially just educative practices by enacting critical pedagogy. Her articles have been published in Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, The Social Educator, American Educational History Journal, Journal of International Social Studies, Journal of Social Studies Research, Social Studies Research and Practice, and Social Education.

Dr. Greg McClure

Greg McClure

 

Inclusive Excellence Coordinator

Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education

Greg McClure is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University. As a faculty member in the Reich College of Education, he draws on a diverse range of experiences to shape his work. He worked in NC public schools for many years as an ESL teacher, but his life as an educator truly began in the multilingual highlands of Guatemala where he served as a human rights observer during the last years of the Guatemalan civil war. Greg brings a commitment to equity and justice to his work as teacher. His teaching and research focuses on understanding the ways language, culture, and power intersect and play out in educational practices. He values creativity, compassion, and collaborative problem-solving and tries to incorporate these elements into his work with future teachers. He loves the snow, the sunshine, and the warm baritone voice of Watauga County's native son, Arthel "Doc" Watson.

IlaSahai Prouty

IlaSahai Prouty

Inclusive Excellence Coordinator

Associate Professor
Art

Dr. Melody Schwantes

Melanie Schwantes

Inclusive Excellence Coordinator

Assistant Professor
Music Therapy Program
Hayes School of Music

Dr. Melody Schwantes, MT-BC is an assistant professor in the Music Therapy Program at the Hayes School of Music. She has been a practicing music therapist since 2001. Her research interests have centered on mental health issues associated with migration and inclusive research practice among clinical populations. She supports music therapy students in developing their awareness of unearned advantage, how it impacts their clinical work, and how music experiences can be used to foster greater understanding and growth.

 

Dr. Daniel Theriault

Daniel Theriault

Inclusive Excellence Coordinator

Assistant Professor
Recreation Management

Daniel Theriault is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education. He teaches courses on inclusion and personnel management within the recreation management major. Dr. Theriault's current research focuses on building narratives of leisure institutions which center African American people and perspectives. His life's work, whether in the classroom, through research, or in the recreation profession, has been devoted to building and sharing a set of tools to create more just leisure institutions.

Dr. Tammy Wahpeconiah

Tammy Wahpeconiah

Inclusive Excellence Coordinator

Professor
Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences

Tammy Wahpeconiah is a professor in the Department of English where she teaches American Indian literature, Ethnic American literature, and Science Fiction. Her research focuses on both early and contemporary American Indian writers. She has written about the mythical representation of the Indian and the idea of “Indianness” as well as about transgenerational trauma and in contemporary American Indian novels. As an enrolled member of the Sac & Fox Nation of Missouri, she is intimately familiar with the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity in both the classroom and the workplace.

Former Inclusive Excellence Coordinators

Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee

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Cara Hagan Gelber

Cara Hagan Gelber

Dr. LaShanda Sell

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Dr. stef shuster

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J. Spenser Darden

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Jamie Parson, JD

Jamie Parson, JD

Dr. Iryna Shareivska

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