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 expands its educational opportunities in Turkey
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Appalachian State University has added a second formal agreement with a private university in Turkey creating opportunities for student, faculty and staff exchanges from Appalachian State University and both Turkish institutions.

  • Appalachian expands educational opportunities into the UAE
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Appalachian State University has signed a formal agreement with the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that paves the way for student, faculty and staff exchanges at both institutions. The agreement was signed by Dr. Stan Aeschleman, interim provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian, and Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, president of AURAK.

  • Thursday, February 26, 2015

    In late March, Appalachian State University will host three provost candidates on campus. Candidates will meet with many individuals and groups during their two-day visits, and open public forums will be held on the first day of each interview.

  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    The University of North Carolina System avoided $103 million in utility costs in the 2013-14 academic year, according to Len Hoey, energy engineering manager at the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

  • Rawls named executive director of educational outreach and summer programs
    Monday, February 23, 2015

    D. Terry Rawls will join Appalachian State University March 2 as executive director of educational outreach and summer programs. Rawls will be replacing Mary Englebert who retired in December 2014.

  • Appalachian Journal fall/winter issue released
    Friday, February 20, 2015

    Appalachian Journal has released its fall/winter 2015 issue, which features the winning essay of the Appalachian Studies Association’s 2014 Carl Ross Award.

  • Friday, February 20, 2015

    Following off-campus interviews with semi-finalist candidates, the Provost Search Committee has identified three finalists for on-campus interviews to be held on March 16-17, March 19-20, and March 23-24 (during the week's immediately following spring break).

  • Friday, February 20, 2015

    A variety of writing genres will be featured during the spring Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University, including Hank Lazer, Roxane Gay, Tim Earley and Megan Kaminski.



  • 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