Susan Poorman

My title in the Department of Communication is “Lecturer” but I don’t lecture (although my daughter may argue). My classroom is a place where students and I work as a team to determine the important questions to be asked and then we explore the answers together. It’s important to me that my students learn not only the material, but how to interpret content, explore ideas, and express themselves. Although I’m fairly new to Boone, I am not new to teaching. I have taught diverse students including freshman at North Carolina State University, returning students at Wake Technical Community College and new immigrants at Motheread, Inc. As my teaching experience may suggest to our in-state students, I lived 25 years in Raleigh prior to moving to Boone in 2007. I grew up in Charlotte (South Mecklenburg High School graduate) reading the Charlotte Observer and watching WBTV’s nightly news. I still do. I also did my undergraduate work in Charlotte at UNC Charlotte and then moved to Columbia to earn my Master’s degree in Mass Communication at the University of South Carolina. My interest in “the news” started in middle school where I was the editor of our school newspaper. I also edited my high school and college newspapers. When I’m not reading and studying the concept of news in my office on campus (hopefully also meeting with students often), I’m in the kitchen baking breads and cakes, on my couch reading books about presidential history, or on the Greenway enjoying Boone’s fabulous weather and scenery

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

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

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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