2018-2019 Teaching Excellence Winners

Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award


Joseph GonzalezBoard of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Joe Gonzales
Global Studies Program
Watauga Residential College and the Honors College

Dr. Joseph Gonzalez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies, teaching a variety of courses in global studies, interdisciplinary studies, and the Watauga Residential and Honors colleges. A historian of Cuba, Dr. Gonzalez lectures courses on Cuba (both on campus and in Cuba), contemporary global issues, and the field of Global Studies. Dr. Gonzalez has published historical scholarship in Spanish and in English, while contributing to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in peer-reviewed publications. In addition to receiving the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in College Teaching (2018), Dr. Gonzalez has also received the Wayne D. Duncan Faculty Enrichment and Teaching Fellowship (2008), the Harvey Durham Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award (2012), and Honors College Teacher of Year Award (2017). For more information click here.

 

 

Bill Anderson

Appalachian's Campus Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. William Anderson
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. William P. Anderson Jr., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and has been an Appalachian faculty member since 2004. He is broadly trained as both a hydrogeologist and a civil engineer and has established a research program that uses groundwater modeling techniques and field data collection to quantify the controls on groundwater flow and solute and heat transport through unconfined aquifers. Much of his work focuses on the effects of storm events, such as the inundation of coastal aquifers during hurricane and tropical storm surges or the effects of individual storm events on urban aquifers, especially those that occur along Boone Creek. Anderson works extensively with undergraduate students on this research, from simple field data collection to more complex groundwater modeling projects, and he considers this undergraduate research mentorship to be some of the most important teachings that he does. Many of his students present at conferences and several have published their findings in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Hydrology, the Hydrogeology Journal, and the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. For more information about Anderson's research and teaching, click here to see his website.

 

 

Gabriele M. Casale

Appalachian's Campus Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Gabriele Casale
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences 
College of Arts and Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katrina PalmerAppalachian's Campus Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Katrina Palmer
Department of Mathematical Sciences
College of Arts and Science

Dr. Katrina Palmer is a Professor and Transfer Director in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. As the Transfer Director for the department, she coordinates events for new and potential transfers and advocates for the unique needs of transfer students. Dr. Palmer also serves as a Co-PI on the NSF supported S-STEM grant whose purpose is to attract academically gifted students who need financial assistance and intend on majoring in a STEM discipline. Additionally, she helped start the SOAR Summer Bridge Program to help underprepared incoming freshmen in math and chemistry, which is currently operating in its second year. She has over 20 years of teaching experience ranging from middle school to graduate level courses. Dr. Palmer has taught several types of courses during her time at Appalachian including a first-year seminar course on mathematics and sustainability. She is particularly interested in engaging her students with sustainability topics. Her mathematics interests lie in numerical linear algebra applied to astronomical and medical imaging.

 

 

Richard PouderAppalachian's Campus Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Richard Pouder
Department of Management
Walker College of Business

Dr. Richard W. Pouder is a Professor in the Department of Management, teaching Strategic Management for the Honors Strategic Management Program. Dr. Pouder's main areas of research involve strategies affecting organizational structure and performance, strategic management at the regional level, and strategies affecting innovation. His work has been cited in some of the best journals in management and regional studies, and frequently reviews other researchers' manuscripts for journal publication. In 2005, Dr. Pouder was awarded the Walker College of Business Excellence in Research. He was also a recipient of the Walker College of Business Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015. In 2009 and 2018, he was awarded the Appalachian State University Board of Governors College Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Pouder received his Doctorate in Management from the University of Connecticut after a 10-year career in private industry and joined the Walker College of Business as a faculty member in 2000. He has also served three years on the Early Intervention Team at Appalachian and was faculty advisor/coach for the ASU Club Baseball Team for the past eight years.



Dr. Susan Staub

Appalachian's Campus Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Susan Staub
Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences







Dr. Thomas Whyte

 Appalachian's Campus Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Thomas Whyte
Department of Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences