Dear Campus Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Shea Tuberty has been named director of App State's 2024–29 Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP is an integral component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
As I announced in May, App State selected "Climate Literacy and Response-Ability: Cultivating Resilient and Just Communities" as the proposed topic for its next QEP. Dr. Tuberty is uniquely qualified to lead this effort. As a professor in the Department of Biology, he teaches several classes and has published in a range of journals, including Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Processes, the Journal of Environmental Protection and Science of the Total Environment.
In addition, he has built strong relationships and honed his leadership and strategic planning skills through service on university committees, councils and task forces, as well as on community and professional organizations. He also serves as assistant chair for student affairs in the Department of Biology, supporting a full range of activities — from curriculum development to student recruitment, orientation and advising. Dr. Tuberty also leads an interdisciplinary research cluster of high school, undergraduate and graduate students focused on understanding the impacts of land-use change on water resources.
Dr. Tuberty joined App State's faculty in 2002 as an assistant professor in biology. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Tulane University and a B.A. in general biology from Vanderbilt University.
In his capacity as QEP director leading the implementation of the five-year QEP, Dr. Tuberty will report to Dr. Mike McKenzie, vice provost of academic program development and strategic initiatives.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Tuberty on this appointment.
Heather Hulburt Norris
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor