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Utter to Head New Office of Student Research at Appalachian

061605utter_dl.jpgBOONE – Alan C. Utter, a professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science, has been named director of the university’s newly established Office of Student Research.

The office works to promote and support research and creative activity of undergraduate and graduate students, particularly activities conducted in collaboration with members of the faculty at Appalachian.

“The office provides an exciting addition to the mission of Appalachian by promoting learning through mentored research,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Stan Aeschleman. “These special collaborative relationships are among the most rewarding experiences for both faculty members and students.”

“I never had that opportunity as an undergraduate, even at a Research I institution,” Utter said of conducting research with faculty members. “This will give students the opportunities to create new knowledge and to learn what’s involved in creating new knowledge. It will expose them to how research works, rather than just memorizing information that’s in a book or discussed in class.”

Utter will be responsible for the administration of all programs and operations of the office; including advocacy for student-faculty research; identifying and pursuing sources of external and internal support for that research; seeking, collecting and disseminating information regarding student-faculty research opportunities; cooperating with other campus units to identify or create research opportunities; and coordinating the university’s annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors.

The position is a half-time, 12-month appointment. Utter will continue to teach and conduct research in the HLES department.

Utter has been a member of the Appalachian faculty since 1995. He earned a doctorate in exercise physiology, a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology, a master’s degree in exercise physiology, and a bachelor’s degree, all from the University of Pittsburgh.

He has served as program director for the graduate program in HLES, been a member of the Cratis D. Williams’ Graduate Council, and serves on the council’s academic policies committee.

His research has been published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, International Journal of Sport Nutrition, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and European Journal of Applied Physiology, among others-.

In addition, he currently serves as an associate editor for two journals: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.