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.


  • Warner to chair Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance
    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    Kevin Warner has been named chair of Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance effective July 1. Warner currently is associate professor and chair of the Department of Dance at The State University of New York College at Brockport.

  • SECU members partner with Appalachian for $1.76 million teacher education scholarship program
    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Through well-established traditions of investing in teacher education, the SECU Foundation and Appalachian State University are working together to bring a new rural teacher education scholarship program to Western North Carolina and the Appalachian region – the SECU Appalachian Partnership.

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Changes to modernize the biology curriculum and address a variety of learners has resulted in a restructuring of the four-year biology curriculum at Appalachian State University, starting with the introductory courses. The work of a team of biology faculty is part of the nationwide Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) initiative to rethink the way biology is taught at the university level.

  • "A Long Way Gone" named as 2015 Common Reading book selection
    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Ishmael Beah, born in Sierra Leone in 1980, was still a young boy when his country descended into a horrific civil war. Forced to flee his village when rebels attacked, Beah was picked up as a young teenager by the government army and pressed into service as government guerrilla soldier.

  • Everts installed as Appalachian’s seventh chancellor
    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Appalachian State University’s seventh chancellor, Dr. Sheri N. Everts, was formally installed into office during ceremonies Friday, April 17, on campus. The University of North Carolina System President Thomas W. Ross presided over the installation of Everts saying, “There is not a doubt in my mind that Sheri Everts is the right person to lead Appalachian State University today and in the years ahead.”

  • Founding director of new Office of Research Consultation named
    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Shawn Bergman has been named the first university data and statistical analysis consultant for the newly created Office of Research Consultation at Appalachian State University. In this position, he will support research at Appalachian by providing faculty with statistical and analytic guidance and assistance.

  • Simple messages are often the best way to reach consumers, BBDO exec says
    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    In a high-tech, highly connected consumer market, it’s often the simple approach to advertising and marketing that garners the greatest results, according to BBDO New York advertising agency’s president and chief executive officer John Osborn.

  • Team from Appalachian part of Race to Zero Student Design Competition
    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Appalachian State University is one of 39 teams, and the only university from North Carolina, that will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Race to Zero Student Design Competition at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado.



  • 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