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Maass named associate dean at Appalachian

BOONE—Kern Maass has been named associate dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University. He replaces Dr. Gordon Hensley who served as interim associate dean for one year and will return to teaching full time in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Maass will assume his role in the dean’s office July 1.

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Maass is an associate professor in industrial design in the Department of Technology and Environmental Design. He came to Appalachian in 2006.

“Kern Maass will be a positive addition to the administrative team in the College of Fine and Applied Arts,” said Dr. Glenda Treadaway, dean of the college. “He has maintained an excellent reputation as a teacher while serving in service and leadership roles that have prepared him for his duties as associate dean. It is important that anyone in this position have a respect and love for higher education as well as the ability and drive to provide positive and responsible leadership for a diverse collection of academic departments.”

Maass has led Appalachian’s industrial design program since 2008. He has chaired the university’s Academic Policies and Procedures Committee (AP&P) since 2010, led the NASAD accreditation process for the Department of Technology and Environmental Design, helped implement procedures for the initial rollout of DegreeWorks, a web-based academic advising and degree audit tool for students and their advisors, and assisted with the Institutional Effectiveness Committee for SACS reaffirmation.

In 2012, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in recognition for his commitment to service.

“Leaning upon what I have learned chairing AP&P for four years and leading the industrial design program since 2008, I look forward to developing new and creative solutions that help and enable our faculty and college to focus on what we do best,” Maass said “I also hope to utilize my experience building industry and community partnerships to help weave together collaborative experiences for our students and faculty that push innovation, entrepreneurship, and social awareness.”

Before coming to Appalachian, Maass founded Maass Design in 2001, designing furniture and table-top accessories. He has also taught at Binghamton University and the Worcester Center for Crafts. His work has been featured in various shows and exhibitions throughout the country including SOFA Chicago, ICFF, Fine Furnishings Providence, and the American Craft Museum’s Horizon Award.

Maass serves on the board of directors of the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library, and is a former president of the Furniture Society’s Board of Trustees.

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