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Mayfield to coordinate Appalachian’s new general education program

07_09Mayfield_t.jpgBOONE—Dr. Mike Mayfield has been named the faculty coordinator of the new general education program at Appalachian State University, announced Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Stan Aeschleman. Mayfield is a professor in Appalachian’s Department of Geography and Planning.

“Implementation of a new general education curriculum is an important component of our effort to provide the best possible education for our undergraduates, and Mike is well-suited to lead this effort, as a seasoned administrator and a respected teacher/scholar,” Aeschleman said.

In this half-time reassignment from his position in the Department of Geography and Planning, Mayfield will work closely with General Education Director Carter Hammett-McGarry in implementing the curriculum that will be proposed this fall to the university’s Academic Policies and Procedures Committee. If approved, the new curriculum will go into effect for the fall 2009 freshman class.

Mayfield’s duties will include coordinating the faculty committees that will develop and approve general education themes, recruiting faculty to teach in the program, and working with departments to align the general education program with departmental majors.

“I am enthusiastic about the new general education model and I am especially eager to begin the important work of helping faculty with the design and implementation of integrated courses in the new program,” Mayfield said.

Mayfield will report to Dave Haney, vice provost for undergraduate education, who said, “I am very happy that Mike has accepted this position. As an active participant in the General Education Task Force over the past two and a half years, he is well-versed in the complex issues, both local and national, involved in revitalizing liberal education. The interdisciplinarity of his own research and teaching, his administrative experience as a former department chair, and his excellent communication skills make him a perfect candidate for this position.”

Mayfield holds a M.S. degree and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University. He has been a member of the faculty at Appalachian since 1988. He chaired the Department of Geography and Planning from 1998-2002.