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Gonzalez named coordinator of First Year Seminar Program

BOONE—Joseph Gonzalez has been named coordinator of the First Year Seminar Program at Appalachian State University effective Jan. 4, 2010. He replaces Lynn Moss Sanders who held the position for the past year.

Gonzalez is a visiting assistant professor in University College at Appalachian. He was director of the Living Learning Center at Appalachian and a member of the faculty in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2003-2007.

Gonzalez holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan. In 2008, he received the Wayne D. Duncan Faculty Enrichment and Teaching Fellowship.

As coordinator of First Year Seminar (FYS), Gonzalez will recruit and train faculty for the program, oversee scheduling of FYS course sections, manage the program’s budget, and develop policies related to FYS. He also will coordinate assessment of FYS and serve as a member of the general education leadership team.

“I am very excited that Joe has accepted this position,” said David Haney, vice provost for undergraduate education. “He brings valuable experience as an innovative, interdisciplinary teacher, particularly through his involvement in Watauga Global Community, and he has both interest and expertise in faculty development. These qualities, in addition to his passion for a challenging liberal education curriculum, make him an excellent fit for this position.”

Sanders, past director of the Department of English’s Honors Program and the university’s Heltzer Honors Program, is returning to teaching in the Department of English.

“Lynn has done an outstanding job of recruiting and developing faculty for First Year Seminar,” Gonzalez said. “I view it as my task to build upon her efforts, joining with faculty to continue creating an inquiry-driven, interdisciplinary program of which we can all be proud. I am both excited by and humbled by the task in front of me.”