Faculty Information

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 dw.appstate.edu/. 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: https://programsofstudy.appstate.edu/
  • 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 September (for Spring/Summer) and mid January (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: https://academicaffairs.appstate.edu/resources/syllabi-policy-and-statement-information
  • 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.
  • Copies of 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 if you will be absent from class for other than official travel.
  • Library Resources: Click here to access the department's library resource page. For more information, contact Jeff Hirst.
  • 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.
  • The department maintains a set of projectors and carts with computers & projectors for use in class. Please use the sign-out sheet found in the locked cabinet when removing items.
  • Travel:
  • The Center for Academic Excellence runs a number of programs. Their page has links for internal grant and funding opportunities, services for new faculty, and prospective faculty FAQs.
  • Click here to access the department's library resource page. For more information, ask Jeff Hirst.
  • The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs 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.
  • 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.
  • Faculty parking permits can be purchased from the Parking and Traffic Department. Parking permits for departmental guests are available from Lois. Any vehicle can park in the Rivers Street parking garage for $5 a day.

Opportunities for Department Service

  • 2016-17 Faculty Committees
  • Departmental Personnel Committee History
  • Departmental colloquia and seminar information can be found on the colloquia information page
  • 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 at  2:45-3:30 on Thursdays 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 sanquijat@appstate.edu. or Sherry Nikbakht at nikbakhts@appstate.edu.
  • Mentoring a graduate apprentice. All graduate students in the college teaching concentration must complete 2 apprenticeships. [more information]

Department Resources: Keys, Mail, Phones, Supplies, Email

  • Coffee: Coffee is available for a modest fee in the third floor mailroom. See Robin to pay. There are a number of good coffee shops in town. Espresso News (267 Howard Street) is closest to the 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 opposite office 340. For large mailings, see Robin. Personal first class mail should be stamped. There is a post office on campus. The post office downtown is closer.
  • Paper, pens, and other paraphernalia are stored in the third floor workroom, opposite office 347. Tell Sandy or Robin 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, opposite office 347.

CONTACT

Mathematical Sciences
342 Walker Hall
121 Bodenheimer Dr
Boone, NC 28608
828-262-3050
828-265-8617 fax

Department Chairperson
Dr. Eric Marland
marlandes@appstate.edu

Assistant Chairperson
Dr. Rick Klima
klimare@appstate.edu

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