Although Dr. Dorothy Muller is retiring after 40 years, she talks about assisting students and faculty with the same level of enthusiasm you suspect she brought to her arrival on campus in 1977.

It was a younger, pregnant new Ph.D. who arrived in Greenville with her husband in 1976. She made ECU one of her first stops and began her career with the university as a part-time adjunct professor of reading. The following year, she was on the faculty full-time--sharing her expertise on reading in content areas, a specialty which she now acknowledges as a pre-cursor to the concepts of Universal Design for Learning which she would champion through College STAR.

Muller worked directly with students until 2006, ultimately becoming Dean of the Office of Undergraduate Studies whose mission was to support distinctive education and to provide academic support services to assist students in obtaining the best education ECU had to offer. read more

College STAR News

  • Students Get The Gift of Time and Money

    When it comes to giving thanks during the holiday season, several STEPP Program participants will have the Peter J. Frenkel Foundation on their list. Thanks to the foundation’s generosity, some very hard-working students have been able to assist the STEPP Program while helping to finance their college education and gaining valuable work experience.

  • Starfish CREW Publishes Paper

    Congratulations to Kelly Reddick, John Trifilo, Steven Asby, Diane Majewski and Jayne Geissler from the Starfish CREW at ECU! Members of this CREW or faculty learning community published their article, “Maximizing the Use of an Early Alert System through Advisor Outreach” in the December, 2014 edition of Academic Advising Today. This manuscript describes the strategies advisors use to engage students in the academic early alert process. Read the full article at http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/Maximizing-the-Use-of-an-Early-Alert-System-through-Advisor-Outreach.aspx

  • Appalachian State Faculty Explore True Meaning of Community

    Learning communities come in all shapes and sizes, but a group of Appalachian State professionals now have increased awareness of what makes them truly successful. Forty-five faculty, staff and administrators recently completed the five-day intensive "Designing and Leading Powerful Learning Communities Institute" led by Dr. Brian Smentkowski, Assistant Director of Faculty and Academic Development at Appalachian State University. Learning communities are trans-disciplinary groups of administrators, faculty, staff, and/or students who share a common interest and work together to accomplish a specific goal. They can either be cohort-based or topic-based.

  • Dr. Derrick Wirtz on Conveying his Personal Enthusiasm

    Conveying his personal enthusiasm for psychology is a goal for Dr. Derrick Wirtz, and his students would tell you he is successful. Dr. Wirtz has been teaching introductory psychology at ECU since 2008, and he is very aware that the class is often taken in the first or second semester when students are still adjusting to college and how to study effectively.

  • Dr. Rosa Bell is Receiving Funding to Redesign her Chemistry Class

    Congratulations to ECU professor, Dr. Rosa Bell, for receiving funding to support her efforts to redesign her Chemistry classes! Dr. Bell was awarded an RFP worth a little over $30,000 for her work entitled, “Expanding the Reach and Impact of Technology-Enhanced Course Redesign”. According to Dr. Bell, “Computer-based technology will be used in this project to support learning and facilitate General Chemistry II student transition from the traditional lecture form of instruction to the team-based learning approach.

  • Fall News Letter for Appalachian State’s Lead Tutoring Program

    Appalachian State University have published their fall news letter for their Lead Tutoring program. The news letter can be viewed here.

  • Putting Motivation Science to Work

    Motivation was the theme of a three-hour workshop on using research-based strategies to enhance instruction, and it motivated 65 faculty members at Appalachian State University to attend. They gave high marks to the session “Learning Matters: Applying Research-Based Strategies to Motivate Students” conducted by Dr. Brett D. Jones, professor in the Department of Learning Sciences at Virginia Tech. The focus of Jones’ presentation was the MUSIC Model of Academic Motivation. In 2009 Jones drew from decades of motivation theory and research to develop his comprehensive approach, which helps instructors better understand how current motivation theories and research can be applied to instruction.

  • UNCG Program for Students With ADHD Shows Early Success

    A structured program of group therapy and individual mentoring is having a positive impact on college students who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The success of the program is important because about five per cent of first-year college students have ADHD. Although not yet well documented, preliminary findings have indicated that only about nine per cent of students with ADHD graduate from college compared with 60 per cent of students without ADHD. College students with ADHD are also more like likely to experience higher levels of depression, anxiety and other types of psychological distress.

  • Enthusiasm Engineer Helps Students Care about Learning

    "If you’re going to ask students to show up, you’ve got to make it worth their while to be there," says Jeff Goodman, a senior lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University. "What happens in the classroom has to matter," he continued, "it can’t just be information." So Goodman creates events and situations in the classroom so students will have a shared, memorable experience that can be used as a springboard into more abstract concepts. "I think of myself as an enthusiasm engineer," he said, "and my job is to connect students with content. The content is already out there, and I have to help them care about it.”

  • UDL in an Online Teacher Education Course

    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro associate professor Ye He has been published in the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. The article, Universal Design for Learning in an Online Teacher Education Course: Enhancing Learners' COnfidence to Teach Online, can be viewed here.