App State Appoints Dr. Neva Specht Vice-President for Policy and Faculty Development

BOONE, NC – Dr Neva Specht has been appointed Appalachian State University’s vice-president for policy and faculty development, effective October 11. She has been the Dean of App State’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) since 2017.

“In her progressive leadership roles, Dr. Specht has provided unwavering support for the professional development of faculty at her college and campus.

App State Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Heather hulburt norris

“In her progressive leadership roles, Dr. Specht has provided unwavering support for the professional development of faculty at her college and campus,” said App State Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Heather Hulburt Norris.

Prior to being dean, Specht held various leadership positions within CAS: Senior Associate Dean of CAS, Associate Dean of CAS, and Deputy Chairman of the College History Department. She has also served on university-wide committees including the University Evaluation Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Dean’s and Provost’s Councils, and the Sports Council.

Specht started at App State as a history teacher in 1996. Her scholarship focuses on race, gender, and religion in the formation of community and identity.

“His commitment to diversity is reflected in his scholarship, service and leadership at Appalachian,” said Norris.

Specht has been a leader in SCA’s diversity and inclusion efforts to develop a college-level diversity statement and support inclusive hiring practices and implicit bias training for faculty and committees. of research.

In addition to her teaching work, she served for six years as an academic liaison at Blue Ridge Parkway. She has also served as a director and chair of the board of directors of the North Carolina Humanities Council. Locally, she has served on the Board of Trustees of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, Blue Ridge Parkway 75, and the Town of Boone Cultural Resources Advisory Board.

Specht has won several awards, including a Transforming North Carolina Faculty Research Award, an Appalachian State University Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award, a College of Arts and Sciences Jimmy Smith Service Award, and a Communal Studies Association Starting Scholar Award.

She received her doctorate in United States History and Material Culture Studies from the University of Delaware, where she also obtained her Master of Arts in United States History with a Certificate in Museum Studies. She received her BA from Grinnell College, with a double major in History and American Studies.

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March 27, 2017

Dr. Neva J. Specht has been appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University after nationwide research. She takes up her duties on May 1.

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About the Academic Affairs Division

The Division of Academic Affairs is responsible for the learning and success of students at Appalachian State University, including oversight of the university’s stimulating academic program, active classroom environments, and close collaboration among members of the faculty and students on academic activities. Academic affairs encompass the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Beaver College of Health Sciences, Reich College of Education, Walker College of Business, and Hayes School of Music; as well as the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, Honors College, University College and 12 other units that support the innovative, interdisciplinary and integrative academic experience for which Appalachian is known. Learn more at

About Appalachian State University

As the first public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead meaningful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a future. sustainable for all. The Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system. Appalachian is home to over 20,000 students, has a low student-faculty ratio, and offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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