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.

The university has 898 full-time faculty members. Of those, 99 percent hold a doctorate or other terminal degree in their field. They teach in eight academic colleges and schools within Appalachian, which offer more than 150 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Meet the Provost

Lori Stewart Gonzalez full bio

Lori Stewart Gonzalez

Lori Stewart Gonzalez, Ph.D., has served as provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian since September 2011.

Prior to coming to Appalachian, Provost Gonzalez spent 20 years at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. While at UK, she served on the faculty, moving from assistant to professor and also serving as associate dean of academic affairs. In 2005 following a national search, Gonzalez was appointed UK’s third dean of the College of Health Sciences and served in that capacity for seven years. During her tenure as dean, she worked to increase the college’s research profile with a focus on “functional independence” and elevating the college’s national profile.

Provost Gonzalez is active on the national level, with an emphasis on allied health issues. She received an American Council on Education Fellowship in 2002. She served on the Board of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) and was named as a fellow by ASAHP and by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Learn more

Fourteen for 2014

View information about the new online course development initiative, Fourteen for 2014.


Academic Affairs
B. B. Dougherty Admin. Bldg.
438 Academy Street
Second floor, Suite 207
ASU Box 32006
Boone NC 28608

QEP Global Learning