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Briley, Mines and Schroeder named academic department chairs at Appalachian

kathleenschroeder_t.jpgBOONE—Professors Michael M. Briley, Diane P. Mines  and Kathleen Schroeder have been named chairs of academic departments in Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Michael Briley.jpgMichael Briley

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Briley will chair the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Mines will chair the Department of Anthropology, and Schroeder will chair the Department of Geography and Planning.

Briley comes to Appalachian from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he was a professor and chairman of the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has a Bachelor of Science in astronomy from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in astronomy both from the University of Maryland.

Briley joined the UW faculty in 1994. He was a postdoctoral research associate and a W.J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas. He also spent four years as director of the Stellar Astronomy & Astrophysics Program in the Division of Astronomical Sciences at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.

His research has been published in Astronomical Journal, Astrophysical Journal and Nature.

His appointment at Appalachian was effective June 1.

Diane Mines has been a member of the faculty in Appalachian’s Department of Anthropology since 1999. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Prior to coming to Appalachian, Mines was a lecturer and a Mellon Fellow and visiting assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, and a lecturer at the University of Chicago. She has conducted field research in South India as part of her research interest in cultural anthropology.

Her work has been published in the Journal of South Asian Literature, Anthropology Quarterly, Irish Journal of Anthropology and American Ethnologist. Mines edited the second edition of “Everyday Life in South Asia” and “Do Villages Matter? Relocating Villages in the Anthropology of India,” and wrote “Caste in India, a booklet for advanced high school and early college level readers, and “Fierce Gods: Inequality, Ritual, and the Politics of Dignity in a South Indian Village.”

Her appointment is effective July 1.

Kathleen Schroeder joined the faculty at Appalachian in 1995. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. Prior to coming to Appalachian, Schroeder was an instructor at the University of Minnesota.

Schroeder’s research has been published in the Journal of Geography, the Journal of Latin American Geography, Geographical Review and Focus on Geography. She also has served as a consultant for several companies that publish geography textbooks.

She has served as the coordinator of the graduate program in geography in Appalachian’s Department of Geography and Planning since 2002.

Her appointment is effective July 1.

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