General Education Leadership

General Education Program Leadership

Governance of the General Education Program is shared among faculty from various disciplines, who serve on Faculty Coordinating Committees (one committee for each component of the Program).  These Faculty Coordinating Committees (FCCs) consider proposals and policies for their Program component and forward positive recommendations to the General Education Council.  The General Education Council is comprised of the chairs of the FCCs, as well as representatives from Student Government, Writing Across the Curriculum, Advising, Assessment, the Library, and the Registrar's Office, and is chaired by the Director of General Education.  The General Education Council approves general education curriculum proposals and policies and makes recommendations to AP&P on broader policies that affect general education.

In addition to the committee structure described above, there is a General Education staff who administer the daily operations of the Program.  They work closely with the FCCs and the General Education Council to support the design and implementation of curricula and the development and implementation of policies related to general education.  Their biographies and position descriptions are listed below.



Director of General Education

Michael Krenn, ( is a Professor of History at Appalachian State University.  He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University, specializing in the study of U.S. diplomatic history.  He has written five books, the most recent of which is The Color of Empire:  Race and American Foreign Relations.  He is currently at work on a study of the early-19th century natural scientist Samuel George Morton, famous for collecting nearly 1000 human skulls for his "craniological" studies.  From 2001-2009 he served as chair of the Department of History at ASU and in 2010 he taught his first First Year Seminar course:  "The Sweet Science:  Boxing and American Culture."

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Martha McCaughey

Director of First Year Seminar

Dr. Martha McCaughey  is Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State.  She received her Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Her research and teaching cover gender, violence, technology, privacy, and popular culture.  She is the author of several books, most recently The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates over Sex, Violence, and Science and Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web.  From 2003 to 2009 she served as Director of the Women's Studies Program.  She plans to teach a First Year Seminar course on "Digital Life."

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Kristin Hyle

Kristin Hyle, Assistant Director of General Education, ( holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina- Greensboro. She worked with Appalachian's Freshman Seminar program from 2004- 2007. Kristin enjoys reading, playing with her cats, bird watching, and gardening. Her duties include scheduling, accounting, and support for General Education and First Year Seminar faculty.

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 Sheryl Mohn

Sheryl Mohn, Program Associate, ( joined the staff of Appalachian State University in 2007.  She holds an Associate Degree from Guilford Technical Institute (now Guilford Technical Community College) and brings more than twenty years of experience in human resources and administration.  Sheryl’s responsibilities include providing administrative and programming support for General Education and First Year Seminar faculty.

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