Faculty Fellows

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. For more information about our Faculty Fellows Program please visit our Faculty Fellows Mission Statement and Charter.


 College of Arts and Sciences

Maryam Ahmed

Maryam Ahmed is an Associate Professor of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She joined the faculty at Appalachian State University in 2010 and has a research program focused on developing oncolytic viruses as anti-cancer agents. In addition to engaging students in the laboratory and classroom, Maryam is committed to university and community service to support the STEM fields. As a faculty fellow, she seeks to assess and promote student success initiatives for non-traditional student populations. In addition, through professional development, she hopes to increase the awareness and involvement of faculty in evidence-based teaching reforms as a means to enhance the quality of student learning experiences.

College of Business

Pennie Bagley

Pennie Bagley is an Associate Professor in the Accounting Department of the Walker College of Business.  She joined the faculty in 2010 and specializes in the area of auditing for both her teaching and research.  In 2015, Pennie took over the role of Internship Director for the Accounting Department.  In those three years, she has helped over 100 students secure internships in the accounting field.  As the WCOB faculty fellow, Pennie hopes to use her connections with faculty and industry professionals to help facilitate and expand experiential learning opportunities for all of the College’s student

College of Education

Tracy Smith

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.


University College

Martha McCaughey

Dr. Martha McCaughey is Professor of Sociology and Director of First Year Seminar. She joined the faculty at Appalachian in 2003, leaving a tenured position at Virginia Tech to direct Appalachian's Women's Studies Program. In 2014, Martha began directing First Year Seminar and gradually took over the responsibility of faculty development there.  As a Faculty Fellow, Martha plans to focus on designing transparent courses and assignments that maximize the chances for all students to learn and progress academically. Transparency in teaching is a skill instructors can take beyond the First Year Seminar into any course they teach.


University Libraries

Jenn Natale

Jennifer Natale is an Assistant Professor and Behavioral Sciences Librarian in University Libraries. She joined the faculty at Appalachian State University in 2016 and her research interests include academic library liaisonship, assessment, and outreach to student populations such as first-generation students and athletes. As a Faculty Fellow, Jenn will focus on issues of engagement and outreach in order to build strong faculty partnerships that support student learning.