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.


  • Clements named Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Fellow
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Dr. J. Sid Clements, a professor of physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian, has been named a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields and has developed more than 900 active industry standards.

  • Tyndall named director of research protections
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    After a national search, Robin Tyndall has been named director of research protections at Appalachian State University. Tyndall has served as the interim director since August 2014, and previously was assistant director.

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    The first phase of the General Education revision process is now virtually complete. Beginning this semester we will start into the second, and final, phase of the General Education revision process. This will involve the recertification of courses in the Quantitative Literacy, Science Inquiry, Wellness Literacy, First Year Writing, Second Year Writing, Writing in the Discipline, and Capstone elements of the General Education curriculum.

  • Perfect lawns aren’t perfect for the environment, research shows
    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Dr. Chuanhui Gu, an assistant professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Geology, is the lead author of a paper published in the January issue of Journal of Environmental Management that indicates lawns and turf grass systems produce more greenhouse gases than they absorb.

  • Appalachian to offer Master of Science in Nursing beginning in August
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    The UNC Board of Governors has approved a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program for Appalachian State University. The degree will prepare nurse educators. Courses will be offered online and at Appalachian’s off-campus, distance education sites in surrounding counties.

  • Learning by doing: Simple solution to complex problem creates award-winner at design competition
    Friday, January 16, 2015

    Students create award-winning rehabilitation device for knee injuries.

  • DeHart named chair of Appalachian’s Department of Communication
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    Following a national search, Dr. Jean DeHart has been named chair of the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University. DeHart served as interim chair following Dr. Janice Pope, who returned to the faculty.

  • Monday, January 12, 2015

    Dr. Robert Hill, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Appalachian State University, has been reappointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to a three-year term on the North Carolina Psychology Board. The board licenses qualified persons to practice psychology and takes disciplinary action when licensees are found to be practicing in violation of law and ethics. The board also ensures non-licensed individuals do not practice psychology or present themselves as psychologists.



  • 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