Faculty Achievements

Suzanne Samples

SamplesSuzanne Samples’s memoir, Frontal Matter: Glue Gone Wild was named as Best Indie Book of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews.

Samples was the recipient of Prime Number Magazine's Short Fiction Contest in 2020 for her story "Mercury Is in Mayonnaise."


Peaches Hash

snip20210407_40_0.pngPeaches Hash was the recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Award to Indonesia in 2019 and the ASU Graduate School Domer Research Award in 2019-2020.

She earned her Ed.D. from Appalachian’s Reich College of Education in 2020, with a dissertation titled ARTiculation: Expressive Arts-based Curriculum in the Composition Classroom.

Heather Custer

HCusterHeather was inducted into the College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 2018. In 2020, she was the recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching.

Heather has given presentations on her teaching with podcasts at the Appalachian State Tech4Teach Fair and Rhetoric and Composition Institute and her students' work has been featured in Appalachian Chronicle.

Aaron Ballance

snip20210407_41.pngAaron Ballance was the recipient of the North Carolina Humanities Council Linda Flowers Literary Award in 2017. In 2017, he was a Writer-in-Residence at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities.

He co-presented "All Stories Connect: The Importance of Story to Understanding'' at the North Carolina Humanities Council/North Carolina Writer's Network Fall Conference.


Katy Abrams

snip20210407_33.pngKaty was a winner in the CAE Three Minutes or Less Video Contest for her video "Growth Mindset Grading." She was nominated for the Harvey R. Durhamn Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award and Non Tenure Track Excellence in General Education Teaching Award.

The Civic Engagement Program at App has recognized Katy for her service-learning courses (read about her students' projects here)

Ruth Ann Marotta

snip20210407_36.pngRuth Ann Marotta received the 2020 APortfolio Award for Excellence in Teaching from Appalachian State University. Marotta was invited to present at East Tennessee State University’s High-Impact Instructional Practices Conference in January of 2018, where she gave a talk entitled “Building a Culture of Trust and Positive Expectations in College Classrooms.”