First Generation Faculty & Staff

First Generation Faculty & Staff

Coming to college and earning a degree is challenging for every student. This can be especially true for students who do not have a parent who has been through the process and can pass along important "college knowledge." Tasks as common as when and how to apply for financial aid, how to organize and plan out class assignments, where to go and how to ask for help, and how to approach a professor can be overwhelming.

At Appalachian, we know that many of our students come from homes in which neither parent earned a four-year degree. We also know that these students, our First Generation college students, are just as bright and capable as anyone, and we want to help them make their way successfully to graduation.

The First Generation Faculty and Staff Project showcases Appalachian's many faculty and staff members who were themselves first generation college students as undergraduates. They know what it is 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.


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.

Jennifer Coffey

Hometown: Blowing Rock, NC

Program Director, Student Veterans Services 324 Plemmons Student Union

I am responsible for supporting Appalachian's Military Affiliated Students.

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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

Academic Advisor (CHS) 101-A Leon Levine Hall

Provide academic advising for students in CHS

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Regina Hartley

Hometown: Richlands, NC

Lecturer 2114 Peacock Hall

I teach in Computer Information Systems.

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: Thurmond, NC

Assistant Director of Student Employment PSU 222 (Career Development Center)

I oversee all things student employment.

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.

Laura Padgett

Hometown: Linville, NC

Director of Graduate Enrolled Student Services and Development Suite 232, John E. Thomas Building

My primary work is to provide student life support and services for all graduate students.

Hometown: Marshfield, WI

Postdoctoral Researcher/ Adjunct Professor 262 Rankin Science West

I am a postdoctoral researcher and adjunct professor (teaching Environmental Studies, BIO 3312).

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: Pinehurst, NC

Program Manager Appalachian State University Center at Burke - Foothills Higher Education Center Morganton, NC

I am an online and transfer student recruiter and advisor for transfer students applying to Appalachian.

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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.

Tammy Wahpeconiah

Hometown: Miami, FL

Professor of English Department of English, Sanford Hall

I teach Native American and Ethnic American literatures.

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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