First Year Seminar in the News

Welcoming New Full-Time Lecturers to First Year Seminar

 We welcome the following new lecturers who will teach First Year Seminar full time this 2014-15 academic year.

  Anindita Das has a Ph.D. in oceanography and coastal sciences from Louisiana State University and will be teaching FYS courses in climate change, and science and policy.  A scholar with an impressive research and publication record, Dr. Das has also served as an EnvironMentor under the National Council for Science and the Environment, volunteered for Beach Sweep, judged at a number of science fairs, and helped organize student participation in Earth Day celebrations as LSU.  Dr. Das shows a stellar commitment to teaching FYS in a way that meets Appalachian’s goals of both global learning and sustainability.

 Cameron Gokee has a Ph.D. in anthropology and a graduate certificate in African studies from the University of Michigan and will be teaching FYS courses on pseudoscience in archeology and on technology and culture.  Dr. Gokee has published a number of papers on material culture, West Africa, and migration and speaks English, French, Fulfulde, and Wolof.  An Innovative Teaching award winner, Dr. Gokee asks students to conduct and present original research that links the past and present, and the local to the global.

 Lillian Nave Goudas has an M.A. in art history from Williams College and her work focuses on creativity, learning, and using art as a foundation for both intercultural dialogue and linking the academy and the community.  A founder of Appalachian’s Residential Learning Community known as Art Haus and a Appalachian State Civic Engagement Faculty Fellow, Ms. Goudas will teach FYS courses on art, politics, and religion in global context.

The Rennie W. Brantz Award honors individuals who exemplify passion and dedication and who demonstrate exemplary teaching. The $500 award is presented annually to a First Year Seminar instructor who has been recognized for their contributions in their classroom and in the lives of their students. It is named after Brantz, who was director of Freshman Seminar for 14 years.  See all our Brantz award winners here


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Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located on the main floor of Anne Belk Hall, room 1114.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Faculty Coordinator of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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