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Paul Gates named interim director of Hubbard Center at Appalachian

gates04.jpgBOONE—Dr. Paul Gates has been named interim director of the Hubbard Center for Faculty and Staff Support at Appalachian State University effective July 1.

He replaces Dr. Peter Petschauer, who is retiring from his position as director of the Hubbard Center and professor in the Department of History at the end of June.

The university will conduct an external search to fill the position.

The Hubbard Center, created in the mid-1970s, provides support for faculty and curriculum development, and offers counseling, assessment and referral services for faculty and staff. The center also oversees the university’s faculty and staff wellness program.

Gates has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Communication at Appalachian since 1995. He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication/media law and policy from the University of Florida, and a law degree from California Western School of Law.

“Paul’s classroom experience, and his leadership on university committees gives him an insight and understanding into the kinds of support the university can and should provide to enhance faculty members’ teaching, service and research,” said Provost Stan Aeschleman. “Paul understands the role these play in enhancing the teaching and learning environment at Appalachian.”

Gates chaired the Faculty Senate at Appalachian from 2002-04, served on the university’s Strategic Planning Commission in 2002-03, was a member of the Post-Tenure Review Task Force from 2003-04, and currently services on the General Education Task Force.

He also has been active on various Department of Communication committees and the university’s Summer Reading Committee.

Petschauer directed Hubbard Center activities from 2001-06. He joined Appalachian’s Department of History in 1968. He was director of Watauga College from 1975-80, and also was one of the directors of the university’s general honors program. He coordinated the university’s interdisciplinary studies program in the late 1970s. Petschauer also coordinated the university’s Russian, Soviet and East European Studies program from 1987-93.

Petschauer also was chair of the Faculty Senate from 1990-92 and chair of the University of North Carolina Faculty Assembly from 1995-97.

He received the UNC Board of Governor’s Teaching Award for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2002, was inducted into the College of Arts and Sciences” Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 2002, and was the I.G. Greer Distinguished Professor of History from 1987-89. He was also named an Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member in 1996.

“Peter’s advocacy for the faculty, staff and students at Appalachian will greatly be missed,” Aeschleman said. “The entire campus community commends his distinguished career and wishes him well in retirement.”