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Appalachian State University Foundation grants support faculty research and teaching

SodaDamGroup_t.jpgBOONE—More than $85,000 in grants has been awarded to faculty at Appalachian State University through a program called Appalachian Foundation Fellows Grants.

The grants, supported by private donations to the Appalachian State University Foundation, support projects that will enhance a faculty member’s career development in teaching, scholarship or creative activity, and/or service. Each award is limited to $5,000.


Students and faculty from Appalachian State University’s Department of Geology find shade from New Mexico’s heat at a limestone dam on the Jemez River. Underground hot springs in the area have dissolved rocks in the area over time, bringing calcium carbonate to the earth’s surface to create the unique formations at Soda Dam. While in New Mexico, the students learned of the variety of techniques used in the science of paleontology, from prospecting for fossils to preparing specimens for museum displays. The trip was supported by an Appalachian State University Foundation Faculty Fellows Grant. (Photo courtesy of Andy Heckert)

This is the second year the grants have been awarded to pre-tenure track faculty, mid-career tenured faculty and late career tenured faculty. Awards may also be presented to non-tenure track instructors.

Pre-tenure track defines faculty who have taught at the university less than seven years. Mid-career and late-career faculty are those who have taught at Appalachian for seven to 15 years, and more than 16 years, respectively. Non-tenure track individuals teach part time at the university.

A total of 24 proposals were submitted for the 2007-08 funding cycle, 20 of which were funded.

Andy Heckert from the Department of Geology was one of the eight pre-tenure track faculty who received an award. He used a $4,636 grant to take students to New Mexico to participate in a two-week museum/field methods class this summer.

“Instead of studying paleontology in the classroom, the students did everything in the field – from prospecting and excavating to preparing fossils for museum display,” Heckert said. The students worked with staff and volunteers at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Heckert hopes to develop a regularly offered course based on this summer’s trip.

Other grant recipients are:

Alecia Jackson, pre-tenure track, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received $3,222 for travel to the United Kingdom this summer to co-edit the book “Voice in Qualitative Inquire” with a colleague from Manchester Metropolitan University and further her scholarship in qualitative research in education

William Jones, pre-tenure track, Hayes School of Music (with Karen Robertson, tenured, mid-career), received $5,000 to continue brass chamber music research, enhance the brass chamber program at Appalachian and support a residency by a horn performer with the American Brass Quintet

Jody Servon, pre-tenure track, Department of Art, received $5,000 to create new multi-media artworks for solo exhibitions held in Iowa in September and Winston-Salem in November

Jennifer Snodgrass, pre-tenure track, Hayes School of Music, received $4,918 to support a project that began this summer to implement and evaluate the use of Tablet PC laptop computers in her undergraduate music theory classroom

Stephanie West, pre-tenure track, Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science, received $5,000 to support a project to identify environmental correlates, such as trail length, and the presence of benches and fountains, to the amount of leisure-time physical activity spent in parks

James Westerman, pre-tenure track, Department of Management, received $4,837 to research the effects of pension benefits on employee attitudes and performance

Scott Wynne, pre-tenure track, Hayes School of Music, received $3,500 to obtain certification in a software program used in the recording industry and to incorporate that software in music production and recording classes offered on campus

Chris Curtin, tenured mid-career, Department of Art, received $4,973 to develop an art exhibit that will use video cameras, air controlled cylinders and other materials to recreate the motion of a body of water located in the United States at an electronic arts symposium in Australia. Curtin said the grant would enable him to pursue other sources of funding to implement the project

Sarah Greenwald, tenured mid-career, Department of Mathematical Sciences, received $4,700 to develop a Web site related to the history of mathematics which can be used in all math classes

Sheila Phipps, tenured mid-career, Department of History, received $4,835 to support a research project titled “Appreciate All the Little Curses: Crossing the Boundaries of Gendered Labor” related to the work responsibilities of men and women during the Civil War

Jon Winek, tenured mid-career, Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling, received $5,000 to conduct research related to publishing a graduate-level textbook in marriage and therapy

Kathleen Campbell, tenured late-career, Department of Art, received $3,837 to purchase a digital camera and lenses for teaching and to document slave and sharecropper shacks and items on a Tennessee farm for possible solo and group photographic exhibits

Bruce Dick, tenured late-career, Department of English (with Gregory Reck, Department of Anthropology, and Andres Fisher, departments of sociology and foreign languages and literatures), received $4,371 to support production of a documentary on the historical and cultural context of soccer in northwest North Carolina

Lynn Getz, tenured late-career, Department of History, received $4,954 for travel to continue work on a history project related to three generations of a women from the 1800s to early 20th century who were active in pioneer settlement, medicine, eco tourism, and to attend a women’s historian conference in Minnesota in June 2008

Harold McKinney, tenured late-career, Hayes School of Music, received $3,366 to attend a four-week summer session related to expressive arts conducted by Dr. Paolo Knill at the European Graduate School in Switzerland this summer. He will incorporate the coursework into his classes at Appalachian. McKinney also assisted with performances conducted by artists in residence at the school

Georgia Rhoades, tenured late-career, Department of English, (with Dennis Bohr, English) received $5,000 to take Black Sheep Theatre members from North Carolina, Kentucky and Oregon to perform two original plays in Ireland in July and conduct research for an article and new play

Linda Veltze, tenured late-career, Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, received $4,996 to travel to the United Kingdom to receive training in the use of Persona Dolls in storytelling and group discussion. Persona Dolls are used by various practitioners to provide an effective, non-threatening and enjoyable way to raise equality issues and counter stereotypical and discriminatory thinking with students. Veltze also will use some of the funds to purchase the dolls, which will be used in her classes

Barbara Yale-Read, tenured-late career, Department of Art, received $3,219 to develop Web-based materials to teach typography and graphic design. The grant will enable Yale-Reade to purchase new computer equipment suitable for graphic design work and which will be used to develop the Web-based materials.