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Anderson receives Award for Academic Freedom and Faculty Governance

stella_anderson_t.jpgBOONE—Dr. Stella Anderson has received the Award for Academic Freedom and Faculty Governance for 2011 from Appalachian State University’s chapter of the Association of University Professors (AAUP). The award recognizes outstanding service that enriches the university community by supporting and working on behalf of academic freedom and/or faculty governance.

Anderson is a professor in the Walker College of Business’ Department of Management.

“Dr. Anderson has a career-long record of stepping up to participate in and support faculty governance, serving in key roles including Faculty Senate Chair, department chair, and on various faculty grievance hearing and grievance assistance committees,” said AAUP chapter vice president Dr. Martha McCaughey.

“She is well known for taking tough stands in those leadership roles and for a near encyclopedic knowledge of the Faculty Handbook,” McCaughey said. “As such, Dr. Anderson has also many times provided more informal support to faculty who’ve had grievances, whose rights needed protecting, and who benefited from her knowledge of the Faculty Handbook, of university policies, and of the principles of academic freedom.

Anderson joined the business faculty in 1992 and served as acting chairperson and chairperson of the Department of Management from 2003-09. She is a member of the Faculty Senate at Appalachian and has served on various committees and task forces throughout her tenure.

Anderson is a member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association. She earned a Ph.D. degree in organizational behavior and human resource management from Purdue University.

She recently received the Walker College of Business’ 2011 Award for Excellence in Service.

Since 1920, the AAUP has emphasized the importance of faculty involvement in personnel decisions, the selection of administrators, the determination of educational policies, and in the preparation of the budget.