Information for Faculty

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Advising Resources

  • Degreeworks: Program of study worksheets are available for all students enrolled in degree or certificate programs. The worksheets can be used to track students' progress through the required and elective coursework. Access degreeworks through AppalNet or directly at Questions? Check with Holly Hirst, department DW liaison.
  • University Program of Study Website: This site has links to undergraduate and graduate programs of study and bulletins, as well as undergraduate four-year guides and general education checksheets:
  • Change of Major procedures:
  • Information for Undergraduate Majors (department website)
  • Information for Graduate Majors (department website)
  • Advising Timeline:
    • Students are officially assigned an advisor in the department when they declare their major. This typically occurs when students have completed 30 hours if they are in good standing.
    • Students should report to the department office to be assigned an advisor.
    • Shortly before preregistration begins (around April 1 for Summer/Fall, and around October 1 for Spring), advisors will be provided with a list of advisees and the associated PIN numbers, which students need to complete web-registration.
    • Once students earn 90 hours, the College office will start a degreeworks review, and so advisors should report as much as possible about the student's program to the college office prior to the senior year.
    • Students should apply for graduation early in the semester BEFORE they plan to graduate to avoid late fees.
  • College website with academic policy summaries; General studies academic advising website with helpful information.

Class Needs: Syllabus, Academic Calendar, Class Lists, Technology, Independent/Individual Study, etc.

  • Schedule requests are submitted to the assistant chair in early in the Fall semester (for Spring/Summer) and early in the Spring semester (for Fall). Specific time and room requests will be honored if possible. Be sure to indicate whether weekly access to a computer lab is needed.
  • Textbooks: Department copies can be obtained from the department office; note that publishers are providing limited numbers of copies of some texts, so be prepared to return the book to the department if you are not teaching the course in the next term.
  • Syllabi
    • Generic syllabi with information on specific learning outcomes, assessments, and/or material that must be covered are on file in the department office.
    • Syllabi must be distributed to the students (paper or electronic) during the first day or two of classes.
    • Turn in a copy of the syllabus to the department office for every section of every course taught every term.
    • All syllabi must include the standard University policies, which can be linked at:
  • Calendars
    • Appalachian's calendars (registration, academic, final exam) are available on the Registrar's website. Note that all sections of all classes should plan a meaningful activity during the final exam period.
    • Interfaith Calendar of Sacred Times: University policy requires accommodation for religious days of obligation.
  • Disability accommodation: Faculty are required to accommodate students with disabilities ONLY WHEN the student has registered with the Office of Disability Services. Faculty are notified through an online system regarding students requesting accommodation.
  • Class lists (with or without pictures) can be obtained from the Faculty Services tab in AppalNet. In addition, faculty may download the gradesheet from ASULearn in Excel format for a spreadsheet version of the class list.
  • Final grades are entered through the Faculty Services tab in Appalnet.
  • Academic Dishonesty: The University has specific policies regarding actions faculty can take without approval when students are suspected of cheating. Be sure to consult the Academic Integrity Policy before confronting the student. Check with the chair or assistant chair for advice.
  • Technology:
    • ASULearn is the University approved course management system. All course sections offered (including independent/individual studies) will be created in ASULearn, and will automatically change from "hidden" to "viewable" for the students on the day before classes start for the term. For more info on using ASULearn and associated tools, see the Center for Academic Excellence website.
    • Two department PC labs and two Mac labs are available for class use.
      • To use the lab every week, be sure to indicate this on your schedule request.
      • To use the lab occasionally, check availability and reserve a time in the department office.
    • The department maintains a license for Maple software. Maple is installed on macs and pcs in the labs across campus. Faculty using Maple in class can obtain a copy for use at home and can arrange to make a discounted copy available for students. Check with Holly Hirst for details.
    • The department maintains a number of projectors, computers, iclickers, and iPads for use in class. To learn more and sign out equipment, check in the department office.
  • Duplicating Handouts, Exams, etc.: The main duplicating machine is on the third floor department office area; each faculty member has an access code for the machine. Ask for an access code in the department office.
  • Absense from Class: Fill out the Faculty Absence Report [PDF] if you will be absent from class.
  • Library Resources: The Belk Library and Information Commons serves students, faculty and staff. Faculty may arrange for a library instruction session for class or put materials on reserve through the website. Jeff Hirst is the department liaison to the Library and maintains the Department's library resource page.
  • Class Observations: class observation forms
  • Special Courses:
    • Independent, Individual Studies: Faculty may agree to work on an independent study with a student (numbers 2500, 3500, 4500, 5500) OR individually with a student on a course that is in the bulletin but not being offered in a particular semester. Special course forms for this purpose are available in the department office.
    • Senior Honors Thesis: Forms and Timeline
    • Graduate Thesis, Directed Research, Apprenticeship:  See the Graduate Program Site.

Procedures: Annual Reports, Reassigned Time, Promotion, Tenure, Post Tenure Review

Resources: Library, Technology, Grant-writing, etc.

  • Computer Accounts: All employment and class information can be accessed via AppalNet, for which you log in using your user ID. Instructions for first time users and information on setting your password appear on the Appalnet login page.
  • Technology:
    • All faculty have computers in offices, and ITS maintains a schedule of upgrades for faculty computers.  See the department chair for more information.
    • ASULearn is the University approved course management system. For more info on using ASULearn and associated tools, see the Center for Academic Excellence website.
    • The department maintains a license for Maple software, and other software is available through ITS. A complete listing can be found at:
    • The department maintains a number of projectors, computers, iclickers, and iPads. To learn more and sign out equipment, check in the department office.
  • The Center for Academic Excellence runs a number of programs. Its page has links for internal grant and funding opportunities, services for new faculty, and prospective faculty FAQs.
  • Jeff Hirst is the department liaison to the Library and maintains the department's library resource page.
  • The Office of Research is the main source of grant information.
  • The  Office of Research Protections handles IRB approvals
  • Internal grant programs are run by the Center for Academic Excellence and the University Research Council.

Department Service

  • 2017-18 Department Committees [PDF]  (2016-17 list)
  • Departmental Personnel Committee History
  • Departmental colloquia information can be found on the colloquia information page
  • Peer Observation: Faculty are encouraged to help with peer observation when asked.  [Peer Observation form -- PDF -- TeX]
  • Family Day / Open House: The university and the department hold Saturday open houses in September and April for recruiting new students and meeting the families of current students. Exact dates can be found on the Visit Appalachian website
  • Tea, cookies and snacks are available 2:30-4:00 on Wednesdays near the elevator on the third floor. All students, staff and faculty are invited to partake. Teas are supported by faculty donations, and set-up and cleaned-up by faculty volunteers. To help, contact Joel Sanqui at or Sherry Nikbakht at
  • Mentoring a TA: All TAs are assigned mentors, and it is the mentor's responsibility to ensure that the class meets, the required material is covered, and that the TA is prepared.  Regular observation is strongly encouraged, with at least 2 formal observations required. [TA Observation form]
  • Mentoring a graduate apprentice: All graduate students in the college teaching concentration must complete 2 apprenticeships. [more information]

Other Department Resources: Travel Funds, Keys, Mail, Phones, Supplies, Email, Parking, Paychecks

  • Travel: Faculty presenting at conferences are funded by the department for travel, with the amount depending on the department budget.  Complete the travel authorization form for travel during the academic year as early as possible and submit to the office staff.  The form is updated frequently by the University, so be sure to download the form (an excel workbook) from the Contoller's Travel Website when you need it:
  • Coffee: Coffee is available for a modest fee in the third floor mailroom. Donations for the coffee fund are accepted in the department office.
  • Keys: Faculty members have three keys: An exterior door key for Walker Hall; a suite key that opens both the second and third floor office suites; a classroom key that opens all department classrooms and computer labs. Report a loss as soon as possible to the department office. Also, the staff and department chair and assistant chair have master keys that open all of the doors if needed. The last person out of the office suites after 5 PM should ensure that the doors are locked.
  • Mail: Mail is delivered twice a day, roughly around 10am and 2pm, and distributed to the faculty mailboxes in the third floor lounge. Outgoing Campus or US mail can be placed in the wire baskets on the student worker's desk in the department office. For large mailings, see the office staff. Personal first class mail should be stamped.
  • Paper, pens, and other paraphernalia are stored in the third floor workroom. Tell the office staff if you take the last of something.
  • To phone on campus, use the four digit number. To dial off-campus, dial 9 to get an outside line, and then proceed as usual. For personal long distance calls, it's best to use a phone card. The department's fax machine (828-265-8617) is located in the third floor workroom.
  • Faculty parking permits can be purchased from the Parking and Traffic Department. Parking permits for departmental guests are available from the department staff. Any vehicle can park in the Rivers Street parking garage for $5 a day.
  • Faculty paycheck deposit slips are generally issued on the last day of the month via direct deposit. Human Resource Services manages pay and benefit information.

Department Meetings

  • January 17 - Partial Agenda:  Service Expectations Document Preliminary Report; PTMA Report; PME Report
  • February 7 - Partial Agenda: Math Pathways Presentation; Exit Survey Report; MAA Representative Report; Library Representative Report
  • February 28 - Partial Agenda: Scholarship Committee Report; Department Research Day Report; Facuty Senate Report
  • March 21 - Partial Agenda: Course Assessement Committee Reports; Honors Director Report; Transfer Director Report
  • April 11 - Partial Agenda: Program Assessment Committee Reports; Service Expecations Document Report; Peer Review of Teaching Report
  • April 25 or May 2 - Partial Agenda: Assessment Director Report; Search Committee Report; Analytics Committee Report; Strategic Planning Committee Report


Mathematical Sciences
342 Walker Hall
121 Bodenheimer Dr
Boone, NC 28608
828-265-8617 fax

Department Chairperson
Dr. Eric Marland

Assistant Chairperson
Dr. Rick Klima


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