William Purcell

William Purcell teaches communication studies, journalism, and media classes in Appalachian's Department of Communication where he has taught for the past 14 years. He began his career as a journalist working as a reporter, photographer, and editor for several different news organizations before making a switch to public relations. He continues to work in public relations on a volunteer basis for non-profit organizations, but left the profession after the birth of his first child to be a stay-at-home parent. Once his children were older, he returned to graduate school to work on a Ph.D. and to commit more time to teaching. He teaches a diverse range of communication courses from research methods to persuasion to public speaking to journalism to interpersonal communication to interviewing to mass media. His research interests revolve around disability culture, representation, auto/ethnography, and pedagogy. He is a fan of old-time and bluegrass music, and enjoys photography/videography.

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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:
Rick Klima

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