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Carey named vice provost for faculty affairs at Appalachian

BOONE—Anthony G. Carey has been appointed to the new position of vice provost for faculty affairs at Appalachian State University. Carey will be responsible for overseeing all areas of faculty evaluation and development. He begins his new duties Aug. 1.

This position was created to facilitate the development of best practices in faculty evaluation, development, and support services.

These policies and activities are critical to Appalachian’s efforts to promote a collegial culture that will attract, develop, and retain an exceptional and diverse faculty as higher education enters a period of intensified competition for personnel.

Nationally, approximately 50 percent of currently employed faculty members will reach retirement age in 10 years.

According to Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Stan Aeschleman, “The need for this position is supported by data from faculty surveys as well as my discussions with deans, department chairs, and the Faculty Senate, all of which suggest that we need to do more in the area of faculty development. The rapidly changing nature of faculty work also demands that we pay careful attention to how faculty are evaluated and rewarded.”

Carey comes to Appalachian from Auburn University where he was the Hollifield Associate Professor of Southern History and chair of the Department of History.

He served as associate dean for research and faculty development for Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts for five years and was acting and interim dean for research and faculty development in the college for three years.

“While at Auburn, Dr. Carey implemented programs designed to enhance faculty teaching, and develop their grant writing skills and expertise in research and program planning,” said Aeschleman. “His also worked closely with deans, department chairs and others at Auburn to develop policies and best practices related to faculty evaluation and development. His expertise will be invaluable as Appalachian seeks to become a leader in faculty evaluation and development, continuing the work begun by the Faculty Evaluation and Development Task Force.”

Carey, a specialist in the history of the antebellum American South, is the author of “Parties, Slavery, and the Union in Antebellum Georgia” published by the University of Georgia Press and “Slavery in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley of Alabama,” soon to be published.

Carey has a Ph.D. from Emory University, an M.A. from Kent State University and a B.A. from Central College of Iowa.

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