First Generation Faculty & Staff

First Generation Faculty & Staff

The First Generation Project showcases some of App State's many faculty and staff members who were themselves first generation college students as undergraduates. They know what it's like to navigate unfamiliar terrain and are able to understand what our students may be experiencing. We hope you will get to know these faculty and staff members, take inspiration from them, and if you are a First Generation college student, let them serve as a reminder that you can do this! Please do not hesitate to reach out to the people listed on this page. They would all be glad to speak with you and help you along your unique journey. If you work at App State and would like to be included on our First Generation page, please let us know!


Hometown: Dunn, NC

Assistant Director and Financial Aid Counselor, Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships 290 John E. Thomas Hall

I am a Financial Aid Counselor.

Hometown: Cornwall, NY

Professor -- Student Affairs Administration program RCOE 3rd Floor- HPC Office

I teach in the Student Affairs Administration program.

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Laura Ammon

Hometown: Camas Valley, Or

Associate Professor of Religion 213a I. G. Greer Hall

I teach Gen Ed and Religious studies courses.

Michelle Bowers

Hometown: Crumpler, NC

Academic Advisor 101 D.D. Dougherty

Academic advising, orientation, First Year Seminar

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Mark Bradbury

Hometown: Barrington, RI

Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences A&S Dean's Office, 2nd Floor, I.G. Greer Hall

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga

Director of Inclusive Excellence and Associate Professor for Leadership & Educational Studies Reich College of Education 212D

I support faculty, K-12 educators and educational leaders to be change agents for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Assistant Director of Student Success 238 I.G. Greer

I am the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Success.

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Hometown: Newmarket, NH

Professor of Geology 113 Rankin Science South

I teach a variety of geology courses--introductory to advanced.

Amy Dellinger Page

Hometown: Denver, NC

Professor and Undergraduate Programs Director for the Department of Sociology 228-C Chapell Wilson Hall

I'm a full-time Professor of Sociology and also serve as the Undergraduate Programs Director.

Travis Erickson

Hometown: Waunakee, WI

Student Learning Center Auxiliary Services Director

Student Learning Center Auxiliary Services Director

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Holly Hirst

Hometown: Shavertown, PA

Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences 327 Walker Hall

I am a Professor of Mathematics and Co-Director of the Master's Program in Mathematics; I have also been Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Dean in the School of Graduate Studies.

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Mary Ann Hofmann

Hometown: Wappingers Falls, NY

Professor of Accounting 3134 Peacock Hall

I teach Accounting, primarily Income Taxation.

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Hometown: Branchville, NJ

Director of Transfer Recruitment & Retention Transfer Admissions & Engagement

I assist transfer students through the process of coming to Appalachian, engaging into the campus, and finding success at App.

Hometown: Marshfield, WI

Postdoctoral Researcher/Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology Rankin West RSW262

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Biology Department and I have also held a position as an Adjunct Professor teaching BIOL 3312: Environmental Studies. My research examines the role of marine sponges in cycling nutrients on coral reefs. I am also interested in the development and maintenance of host-microbe symbioses.

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Hometown: Stuart, FL

Career Development Coordinator Career Development Center, 2nd Floor, PSU

I facilitate positive conversation about major and career exploration with first-year, second-year, and transfer students.

Hometown: Tyler, Tx

Associate Director of Intercultural Student Affairs 255 PSU
828 262-3033

I oversee the Multicultural Center and Black Male Excellence Initiative. I love helping students with a holistic approach to success!

Hometown: None. I moved around too much across the United States and to Costa Rica.

Assistant Professor of History 220 Anne Belk Hall

I am an Assistant Professor of History and Director of the History/Social Studies Education Program; I also serve as a member of Appalachian's Hispanic-Latino Faculty & Staff Association and as the faculty advisor for the Hispanic Student Association (HSA). I am also part of the informal Digital Humanities workgroup on campus.

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Hometown: Hope Mills, NC

English Lecturer and Writing Across the Curriculum Consultant Edwin Duncan 208E

I teach RC 2001 and work with faculty to support student writing across campus.

Hometown: Boone, NC

Coordinator of Student Employment PSU 222 (Career Development Center)

I set students up as employees and manage the Federal Work Study program for the university.

Brad Vest

Hometown: Decatur, AL

Associate Director for the Department of Student Engagement and Leadership 231 Plemmons Student Union

I oversee the daily operations of the Plemmons Student Union.

Jim Westerman

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

James E. Holshouser Distinguished Professor in Ethics 4095 Peacock Hall

Director of Sustainable Business for the Walker College of Business, and also MGT Professor

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