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Buchanan Named Acting Chair of Appalachian’s Interdisciplinary Studies Department

harriette_dl.jpgBOONE – Harriette C. Buchanan has been named acting chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Appalachian State University for the 2005-06 academic year.

She replaces Richard Carp, who is on an off-campus scholarly assignment.

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers a bachelor of arts degree with 16 different interdisciplinary major concentrations and seven interdisciplinary minors, including American studies, Appalachian studies, environmental policy and planning, Internet studies, sustainable development, urban studies, and women’s studies.

The department also houses Watauga College, a residential college that provides an alternative, interdisciplinary, general education program for first- and second-year students.

Buchanan has been a member of the IDS faculty since 1983. She was a part-time assistant professor of English from 1977-82 and director of the Department of English’s Writing Laboratory from 1980-81. She has been a writing workshop leader and writing consultant with Watauga College, and has taught in the university’s Freshman Seminar program.

” Dr. Buchanan’s understanding of the specialized mission of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Watauga College, and her involvement with students as a professor, faculty advisor and friend, give her a breadth of expertise that will be invaluable as she leads the department during the 2005-06 academic year,” said Dr. Robert D. Lyman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Buchanan has completed internships in administration and academic computing at Appalachian. She also has attended a Federal Grants Seminar offered by the Walker College of Business and the Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators offered by Appalachian’s National Center for Developmental Education

She has conducted on-campus workshops for graduate assistants on “Working One to One with Students” and “Preparing and Maintaining a Teaching Portfolio,” and on “Using Team Journals to Enhance Student Learning” for the university’s Hubbard Center for Faculty and Staff Support.

Buchanan earned a Ph.D. from UNC Chapel Hill, a master’s degree from East Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.