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Hensley named interim associate dean at Appalachian

BOONE—Associate Professor Gordon Hensley has been named interim associate dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University. He replaces Dr. Garner Dewey who has been named director of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Hensley will transition from his duties in the Department of Theatre and Dance July 1.

Hensley has been a college professor since 1999 and a member of Appalachian’s faculty since 2004.

“Gordon brings a wealth of knowledge and talent to the Dean’s Office,” said Dr. Glenda Treadaway, dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. “He has extensive experience with international learning, broad knowledge of assessment, and years of experience working with and advising students. These qualities support the vision and goals of our college and the university as a whole. I am confident Gordon will prove to be an asset to our leadership team.”

Hensley currently serves as faculty and theatre education coordinator in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He has an extensive background in theatre performance, directing, conference presentations and service to the field of education. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in theatre education from Appalachian and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University.

“I’m excited to coordinate projects on this level and to experience the overlap between departments,” Hensley said of the new opportunity. “I have developed interdisciplinary courses with faculty from across the university, and spearheaded the transition to online courses within our department.”

Hensley also will assist with the college’s and university’s focus on providing a range of international experiences for students.

“I uphold a genuine commitment to developing globally competent knowledge and cultivating intercultural competencies,” he said. “My upbringing, personal beliefs and background in theatre for social change has led me to highly value diversity in all forms. I hope to continue Dr. Dewey’s work in strengthening our relationships with our international sister institutions on behalf of the departments in the college, and fostering globally competent citizenship within our students.”