A Rigorous Student Experience

At Appalachian, student learning and student success come from a challenging academic curriculum, active classroom environments and close collaboration between faculty members and students on scholarly activities. A strong emphasis on undergraduate research, international experiences, interdisciplinary connections and measurable learning outcomes that assess student progress are at the core of Appalachian’s academic activities.

Meet the Provost

Dr. Stan Aeschleman
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Dr. Stan Aeschleman came to Appalachian in 1989 as a professor in the Department of Psychology. Aeschleman was coordinator of the Department of Psychology’s graduate studies program for two years and chaired the Department from 1998-2003. He served as acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2003-04, was named interim provost in July 2004, and provost in December 2004. Stan returned to teaching in the Department of Psychology in 2010 before, at the request of Chancellor Everts, returning to the role of Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor in October 2014 to enable the university time to conduct a national search to fill the position.

Stan received a B.A. in psychology from Western Illinois University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in learning-physiological psychology from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining Appalachian, Aeschleman held teaching posts at Indiana University, Bloomington; Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis; the University of Auckland, New Zealand; and the University of Kentucky.

Aeschleman’s research focuses on the experimental and applied analysis of behavior. He has published numerous articles evaluating skill acquisition programs for clients with developmental disabilities, and experimental investigations of reinforcement theory.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences

    Sixteen departments span the humanities, social sciences, and the mathematical and natural sciences.

  • Walker College of Business

    The Walker College of Business is included in Princeton Review’s 2014 edition of Best Business Schools.

  • Reich College of Education

    The college has one of the largest teacher education programs in the University of North Carolina system. It also houses programs in human development and counseling, leadership, and family and consumer science.

  • College of Fine and Applied Arts

    This college comprises the departments of Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Technology, and Theatre and Dance.

  • Williams Graduate School

    The school offers more than 50 master’s and certificate programs and one doctoral program – on the main campus, at off-campus locations and online.

  • College of Health Sciences

    The college positions Appalachian as the premier university for outstanding academic preparation of health and human services professionals.

  • Hayes School of Music

    The school prepares performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors, and music industry professionals.

  • University College

    All undergraduate students begin their education here, through the General Education Program, co-curricular programs and student support programs.

  • The Honors College

    This program attracts students in the top 5 to 10 percent of their graduating high school class.


  • Appalachian graduates urged to serve others and embrace opportunities
    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Appalachian State University’s December graduates were called the institution’s most enduring legacy by Chancellor Sheri N. Everts, who presided over her first commencement Dec. 13 as the university’s chief executive officer. Nearly 1,400 graduate and undergraduate students received degrees during the ceremonies.

  • Thursday, December 11, 2014

    On behalf of the Provost Search Committee, I want to thank the many students and members of the faculty, staff, and administration who participated in the search-related survey and meetings with search consultant Mr. Jerry Baker.

  • Research explores effects of a warming climate on the region’s Christmas tree industry
    Thursday, December 4, 2014

    Local Christmas tree farms are providing a backyard laboratory for Dr. Howard Neufeld, an Appalachian State University biology professor who is interested in how a warming climate might affect the tree industry’s future. The information he hopes to glean is important because it can help tree farmers make decisions regarding future plantings and farm locations.

  • Faculty Learning Community helps professors support students’ differing learning styles
    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    A group of faculty members at Appalachian State University has spent the past two years stepping out of their comfort zone to explore an approach to teaching that makes learning more accessible to students. A faculty learning community (FLC) supported by Appalachian’s Hubbard Programs for Faculty Excellence explored the concepts of Universal Design for Learning, in which curriculum is tailored to meet the different ways students learn.

  • 71 Appalachian students participate in 10th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium
    Monday, December 1, 2014

    A total of 71 undergraduate Appalachian State University students representing 13 different departments/programs made research presentations at the 10th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium on the N.C. State University campus Nov. 22.

    The students represented biology, chemistry, computer science, English, geology, geography and planning, health and exercise science, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, philosophy and religion, environmental science, Watauga Residential College, and the Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics program.

  • Monday, November 24, 2014

    We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Greg Lester will become the inaugural Executive Director of Advising and Student Success. Greg will begin his official duties on January 5, 2015.

  • EPA P3 grant helps researchers at Appalachian explore affordable alternative energy options
    Monday, November 24, 2014

    A group of Appalachian State University faculty and students is working on ways to help local farmers by providing economical alternative energy heat sources for greenhouses that could help farmers in cold, mountainous regions extend the growing season through the winter.

  • Carbohydrate found in pistachio nuts and other foods impairs athletic performance
    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    A recent study by David Nieman, DrPH, director of the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the N.C. Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, found that a special type of carbohydrate, raffinose, found in pistachio nuts and other foods reduced athletic performance when consumed prior to intense exercise.


  • Employers Want Both Broad Knowledge and Specific Skills
    Employers Want Both Broad Knowledge and Specific Skills
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Which of the following ranges of knowledge and skills are more important for recent graduates who want to pursue advancement and long-term career success at your company?

    • 16% - Knowledge and skills that apply to a specific field or position
    • 29% - A range of knowledge and skills that apply to a range of fields or positions
    • 55% - Both field-specific knowledge and skills and a broad range of knowledge and skills

    Source: “Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment: Setting the Record Straight” Association of American Colleges and Universities, © 2014