2017-2018 Teaching Excellence Winners


Tracy Smith BOGBoard of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Tracy Smith
Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education 

Dr. Tracy W. Smith is Professor and Assistant Chairperson in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University (ASU). She is also a Faculty Fellow for The Center for Academic Excellence. In 2017, she was awarded the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2005 and 2015, she was the recipient of the Reich College of Education Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2005, she also received the Appalachian Student Government Association Outstanding Teacher Award. She was the recipient of the College of Education Outstanding Mentor Award in 2014. In 2001, she received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Her research interests include performance-based middle level teacher preparation, the history of the middle school movement, the relationship between teaching expertise and student learning, and evaluating the depth of student understanding. She has had articles published in journals such as the Middle School Journal, Journal of Teacher Education, Clearing House, and Teacher Education and Practice. For more information, click here



Leslie Bradbury

Appalachian's Campus Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Leslie Bradbury
Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education

Bradbury joined the Appalachian faculty in 2005. Her background is in science education and she teaches science methods courses at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as the internship course during Block two. Her research interests focus on integrating language arts and science and multimodal science teaching. She believes that is important to make personal and caring connections with students. Bradbury aims to make her teaching relevant for preservice elementary teachers by modeling the type of experience-based science instruction that she wants them to implement with students in their own classrooms. To stay current, she spends time working with local elementary teachers and implementing science lessons with elementary students so that she can use the experience to inform her teaching practice at the university level. For more information, click here.



Marie HoepflAppalachian's Campus Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Marie Hoepfl
Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
College of Fine and Applied Arts










vicky_klima_0.pngAppalachian's Campus Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Vicky Klima
Department of Mathematical Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences









 Appalachian's Campus Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences









van de GevelAppalachian's Campus Excellence in Teaching Award


Dr. Saskia van de Gevel
Geography and Planning
College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. van de Gevel's teaching philosophy emphasizes student learning through hands-on experience in the classroom and in the field, relating the excitement of scientific discovery, and encouraging students to engage in internships, study abroad programs, and experiencing other cultures. For more information, click here.







J. Scott TownsendAppalachian's Campus Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. J. Scott Townsend
Recreation Management and Physical Education
College of Health Sciences

Dr. Townsend is a professor in Health, Physical Education and Coaching in the Beaver College of Health Sciences. He has over 20 years of teaching experience ranging from elementary to secondary to the tertiary level. Dr. Townsend has taught several types of courses over his time at AppState including sub-disciplinary foundational courses as well as pedagogical content knowledge courses. This has afforded him the opportunity to transfer theory into best practice which his area of interest. Engaging learners in multiple and varied teaching experiences is a hallmark of Dr. Townsend's courses.  His accomplishment in the field of education has been noted as he is a two time University Teacher of the Year as honored by the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports Management.