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Hammett-McGarry named director of general education at Appalachian

McGarry_t.jpgBOONE—Carter Hammett-McGarry of Boone has been named director of general education at Appalachian State University effective July 1.

Hammett-McGarry has been interim director of Freshman Learning Communities at Appalachian since August 2006 and was director of the academic advising center in the Office of General Studies from 1994-2005. She also was dean for students and director of the career development program at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, S.C., from 2005 to May 2006.

As director of general education, Hammett-McGarry will be responsible for the day-to-day planning and implementation of the new general education program that is being developed at Appalachian. She also will be a liaison with campus administrative, instructional and advising units for delivery of the general education curriculum and will monitor general education course components for demand analysis and seat availability.

She will report to the Office of Academic Affairs and Dr. David P. Haney, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.

“Carter’s experience includes a long-term relationship with Appalachian in academic advising and learning communities, as well as valuable experience at other institutions as director of financial aid at Lees-McRae College, associate registrar at the University of Florida, and dean for students and director of career development at the College of the Building Arts in Charleston,” Haney said. “In addition to all this experience, she has a rare ability to understand both the detailed mechanics of program implementation and the larger theoretical and pedagogical issues of liberal education. She has also been an active member of the General Education Task Force, so she has a thorough understanding of the proposed new curriculum.”

Filling the position of director of general education is the first step toward implementing a new general education curriculum, which will be based on particular goals and learning outcomes designed to help students improve their skills in thinking critically and creatively, communicating effectively, connecting local and global issues, and understanding the responsibilities of community membership. The new curriculum is currently under development, with plans to be implemented by 2009. The report regarding the proposed new general education curriculum is available at http://www1.appstate.edu/orgs/gen_ed/.

“Carter Hammett-McGarry will do an excellent job helping lead the implementation of Appalachian’s new general education program and working with the faculty to make this a truly outstanding educational experience for Appalachian students,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Stan Aeschleman. “One of my priorities for Appalachian is to maintain and continually improve our outstanding undergraduate educational program, especially in the transferable skills and knowledge fostered by general education.”

Hammett-McGarry has a master of arts degree in student development counseling and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Appalachian, as well as a master of arts degree in biblical studies from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education/Union Theological Seminary.

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