WID Consultants

About WID Consultants

WID consultants offer support to the WAC Program and serve as liaisons between RC 2001 (Introduction to WAC) faculty and WID programs. WID consultants receive a stipend to be used for teaching and research materials: they serve on panels discussing their writing and teaching and read scholarship on WID concerns, discussing their work with the WAC Program. 

If you are interested in being a WID Consultant, please email Director Georgia Rhoades (rhoadesgd@appstate.edu).

Current WID Consultants

  • Babyak

    Carol Babyak

    Dr. Babyak teaches Introductory, Analytical, and Environmental Chemistry classes at Appalachian State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from West Virginia University (WVU) under the guidance of Dr. Ronald B. Smart. Her research involved the development of electrochemical methods for the detection mercury emitted from coal-burning power plants. Prior to her work at WVU, Dr. Babyak was an AmeriCorps member, and worked with coal mine drainage in southwestern Pennsylvania. Dr. Babyak received her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Vincent College, in Latrobe, PA, where she was mentored by Dr. Caryle Fish. Dr. Babyak has been at Appalachian since August, 2004. Research in Dr. Babyak’s group centers around environmental analytical chemistry and environmental monitoring. Students in Dr. Babyak’s group spend time both in the lab developing analytical methods and in the field collecting samples. Current projects include development of an analytical method to quantify environmental endocrine disruptors in water samples and investigation of the effects of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) coal ash spill on water quality and aquatic life in the Emory River. Research ideas suggested by students are also welcomed and encouraged.
  • Fiske

    Dr. Beth Fiske

    Dr. Fisk received her BSN from West Virginia University and her MSN and PhD from the University of Tennessee. Most of her clinical experience is in Maternal/Child Nursing, and she has been employed as a staff nurse, traveling nurse, transport nurse, nurse educator, Maternal/Child Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Her research interests include contemplative practice and pedagogy, self-efficacy, self-transcendence and stress reduction. She is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, American Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association and the Association for the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.
  • Gaskill

    Dr. Paul Gaskill

  • Pyles

    Dr. Damiana Gibbons Pyles

    Dr. Damiana Gibbons Pyles is an Associate Professor at Appalachian State University in Media Studies in Curriculum and Instruction. She currently teaches courses in media literacy and production, in particular, Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age, Instructional Technology, and Media Image, Influence, and Identity, and she will teach a Gen Ed course entitled Narrative, New Media, and Gaming starting Fall 2015. She holds a Ph.d in Literacy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a member of the Games and Learning Society research group. Her research focuses on ethics in youth media production, identity, and media literacy practices with young people. Also, she has created and published on an analytic methodology called multimodal microanalysis to understand the media products young people create. She is continuing to develop the concept of rural media literacy, and she is working on research in teaching preservice teachers how to teach using traditional and emerging media as well as studying literacy practices in rural schools.
  • Sugg

    Dr. Johnathan Sugg

    Dr. Suggs is a geographer working at the intersection of cartography and climatology. His expertise spans a range of topics, including various aspects of climate variability and change, cognition and visualization, and the communication of geographic information. Before joining the faculty at Appalachian, he received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also spent several years in private industry designing and supporting web map applications for natural resource managers.

Previous WID Consultants


Jeanne Dubino, English and Global Studies

Anna Cremaldi, Philosophy

Brooke Hester, Physics and Astronomy

Rick Klima, Math

Saskia van de Gevel, Geography & Planning


Rick Elmore, Philosophy

Jennifer Zwetsloot, Health and Exercise Science

Darci Gardner, French

Aleksander Lust, Government and Justice Studies


Margot Olsen, Applied Design

Della Marshall, Social Work

Megan Johnson, Library Sciences 

Allison Harl, Rhetoric and Composition 

Kim Becnel, Leadership and Education Studies 


Emily Daughtridge, Theatre & Dance

Bill Schumann, Appalachian Studies

Brian Smentkowski, Government and Justice Studies

Jeanne Dubino, Global Studies


Rachel Forrester, Business and Professional Writing

Linda Johanson, Nursing

Joe Klein, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Tony Bly, History


Dee Parks, Computer Science

Jeff Tiller, Technology and Environmental Design

Rebekah Cummings, Family and Consumer Sciences

Ila Prouty, Art 


Cameron Lippard, Sociology

Rodney Duke, Philosophy/Religion

Becky Batista, Health, Leisure, Exercise Science

Laura England, Sustainable Development


Katie Adams, Creative Writing

Leslie Cook, English Education

Tracy Smith, Curriculum and Instruction

Jim Young, Geography


Gabe Fankhauser, Music

Susan Perry, Health, Leisure, Exercise Science

Sarah Greenwald, Math

Amy Galloway, Psychology

Kathy Schroeder, Geography


Jammie Price, Sociology

Anna Ward, Theatre and Dance

Ray Williams, Biology

Sheila Phipps, History

Nikki Bennett, Chemistry