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

Ted Zerucha ( is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University. He received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine / Anatomy and Neurobiology from the University of Ottawa (ON, Canada). His research interests lie in the areas of developmental biology, genetics and molecular evolution. He studies how gene expression is controlled during embryonic development, and how these mechanisms evolved, using zebrafish as a model system. During his time at Appalachian, Dr. Zerucha has taught courses in biology ranging from the introductory general education level, to upper level classes in developmental biology as well as gene regulation. He served as an Assistant Chair of the Department of Biology from 2012 – 16; was Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) from 2013-18; and most recently was Interim Director of The Honors College from 2016 – 17. Dr. Zerucha has been recognized by Tau Sigma as a Transfer Star in recognition of his efforts on behalf of Appalachian transfer students both inside the classroom and out. He has also been recognized for his teaching and has been inducted into the Appalachian State University College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers; was the 2012 College of Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year; and in 2011 was a recipient of a University of North Carolina Board of Governors Appalachian State University College Teaching Award.

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Rick Klima

Director of First Year Seminar

Rick Klima ( is a Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Appalachian State. He received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University, and served as a Cryptologic Mathematician with the National Security Agency before coming to Appalachian State in 2002. His research interests include applications of algebra in cryptography and error-correcting codes, and the mathematics of voting and elections, areas in which he is the author of several books. He served as Assistant Chair in the Department of Mathematical Sciences from 2010–2019, after serving as Graduate Director from 2005–2009. He also served as Academic Mentor for STEM disciplines in the Honors College at Appalachian State from 2016–2019. His work with the General Education Program at Appalachian State led to his award as the inaugural Wayne D. Duncan Faculty Enrichment and Teaching Fellow in 2007, and his work with the Honors College led to his profile as Faculty Member of Distinction by Appalachian Magazine in 2016.

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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. 

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 Sheryl Mohn

Sheryl Mohn, Office Manager, ( 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, scheduling and budgeting/accounting support for General Education and First Year Seminar faculty.

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