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.

Rick Klima 

Rick Klima received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from North Carolina State University in 1997, and served as cryptologic mathematician with the National Security Agency before coming to Appalachian State University in 2002. Klima's research interests include applications of linear and abstract algebra, primarily in cryptography and error-correcting codes, and the mathematics of voting and elections. He is the author of several books in these areas, and has directed a number of master's capstone projects and senior honors theses as well as a study abroad program in these areas with students at Appalachian. In the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Klima has served as assistant chair since 2010, after serving as graduate director from 2005–10 and faculty sponsor for the ASU Math Club from 2003–10. He has also served as academic mentor for STEM disciplines in The Honors College at Appalachian since 2016. Klima’s work with the General Education Program at Appalachian led to him being awarded the inaugural Wayne D. Duncan Faculty Enrichment and Teaching Fellowship in 2007, and his work with The Honors College led to him being profiled as a Faculty Member of Distinction by Appalachian Magazine in 2016.

Saskia van de Gevel

Saskia van de Gevel has been a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Planning at Appalachian State University since 2008. She received her BS in Forest Science at Penn State University in 2000, her MS in Forest Ecology at Southern Illinois University in 2002, and her PhD in Geography from the University of Tennessee in 2008. Saskia was promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure in 2015. Saskia’s expertise is in understanding long-term climatic and disturbance trends in endangered mountain forest ecosystems. She uses dendrochronology as a research tool to investigate landscape-scale dynamics in a historical context. Saskia has a strong history of collaboration with scientists, multidisciplinary faculty, and land management agencies to establish research opportunities, funding, and peer-reviewed publications. The National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Geographic Society have funded her research, and she is the Coordinator of the North Carolina Geographic Alliance. Saskia actively publishes her research with students in journals such as Forests, Trees, Ecoscience, Endangered Species Research, Botany, and Tree-Ring Research. During her time in the Department of Geography and Planning, she has mentored junior faculty through the tenure and promotion process and evaluated scholarship and teaching performance. Saskia recently earned a 2017 Board of Governors - Appalachian State University College Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Jeanne Dubino


Jeanne Dubino is a professor of English and Global Studies at Appalachian. She has been a visiting professor of literature, Women’s Studies, and Global Studies at Bilkent University in Ankara; Northeastern University in Shenyang, China (where she was a Fulbright Specialist); and Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya (where she was a Fulbright Scholar/Researcher). Some of her most recent publications include the edited volume Virginia Woolf and the Literary Marketplace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); and the coedited Representing the Modern Animal in Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Virginia Woolf: Twenty-First-Century Approaches (Edinburgh University Press, 2014), and Politics, Mobility, and Identity in Travel Writing (Routledge, 2015); and essays, articles, and reviews on travel literature, Woolf, and animal studies. Over the course of her career, she has also served in various administrative capacities: as English Department chair and head, Women’s Studies chair, interim Global Studies director, and Diversity Scholar. She is currently working on a book on stray/street/free-ranging dogs in literature. She started her career as a writing instructor and her passion for writing, and for teaching writing, continues to this day.

Brooke Hester

Dr. Hester arrived at Appalachian State in 2011 and is a professor in the Physics and Astronomy department. She joined the Biophysics and Optical Sciences Facility (BiyOSeF) group, which is housed in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University, upon her arrival. Dr. Jennifer Burris and Dr. Brooke Hester are the two principle investigators in the facility. Dr. Burris and Dr. Hester mentor up to 22 undergraduate and graduate students who work in the facility on a variety of multidisciplinary projects. The facility has the capability of studying materials using Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, optical tweezers, and Raman-tweezers. We collaborate with scientists from Appalachian State University in the Physics & Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science and Computer Science Departments, as well as the Fermentation Science Program and researchers from UNC-Charlotte and other institutions throughout the country. 

Anna Cremaldi

Dr. Cremaldi is an associate philosophy professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Appalachian State, where she specializes on Aristotle's ethics and teaches courses in ancient and early modern philosophy and environmental ethics.  In her spare time, she takes pottery and yoga classes, herds cats and dabbles in piano.


Rick Elmore, Philosophy

Jennifer Zwetsloot, Health and Exercise Science

Darci Gardner, French

Aleksander Lust, Government and Justice Studies


2015-2016 WID Consultants

Margot Olsen, Applied Design

Della Marshall, Social Work

Megan Johnson, Library Sciences 

Allison Harl, Rhetoric and Composition 

Kim Becnel, Leadership and Education Studies 

2014-2015 WID Consultants

Emily Daughtridge, Theatre & Dance

Bill Schumann, Appalachian Studies

Brian Smentkowski, Government and Justice Studies

Jeanne Dubino, Global Studies

2013-2014 WID Consultants

Rachel Forrester, Business and Professional Writing

Linda Johanson, Nursing

Joe Klein, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Tony Bly, History


2012-2013 WID Consultants

Dee Parks, Computer Science

Jeff Tiller, Technology and Environmental Design

Rebekah Cummings, Family and Consumer Sciences

Ila Prouty, Art 


2011-2012 WID Consultants

Cameron Lippard, Sociology

Rodney Duke, Philosophy/Religion

Becky Batista, Health, Leisure, Exercise Science

Laura England, Sustainable Development

2010-2011 WID Consultants

Katie Adams, Creative Writing

Leslie Cook, English Education

Tracy Smith, Curriculum and Instruction

Jim Young, Geography

2009-2010 WID Consultants

Gabe Fankhauser, Music 

Susan Perry,  Health, Leisure, Exercise Science 

Sarah Greenwald, Math 

Amy Galloway, Psychology 

Kathy Schroeder, Geography 


2008-2009 WID Consultants

Jammie Price, Sociology

Anna Ward, Theatre and Dance

Ray Williams, Biology

Sheila Phipps, History

Nikki Bennett, Chemistry 

WID Contact Information

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

Contact Us

For information about the Writing Across the Curriculum Program please contact Director Georgia Rhoades at (828) 262-2075 or e-mail at rhoadesgd@appstate.edu

Writing Across the Curriculum Program
Appalachian State University
253 Anne Belk Hall
ASU Box 32033
Boone, NC 28608-2033

(828) 262-2075 (office)
(828) 262-2032 (fax)

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