Anthropology Faculty honored at College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony

On October 24, 2018, Dr. Alice P. Wright was announced as the winner of the William C. Strickland Outstanding Junior Faculty of the Year Award for the College of Arts & Sciences. She joins other members of the Department who have previously won this award (Dr. Larry R. Kimball, Dr. Gwendolyn M. Robbins Schug, and Dr. Timothy J. Smith).

The William C. Strickland Outstanding Junior Faculty Award honors one assistant professor in The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) who has made significant contributions to the intellectual life of the University.  The award is designed to assist untenured, tenure-track faculty in the development of his/her research programs or creative activity.  It is awarded to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated, while at the University, the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to his/her academic field. Outstanding untenured faculty who have completed at least two full academic years in the tenure-track rank in CAS are eligible.

Dr. William C. Strickland, for whom the award is named, was Dean of the College from 1968 to 1984 and a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Dr. Timothy J. Smith was named the winner of the Jimmy Smith Outstanding Service Award. In 2003, CAS established the Jimmy Smith Outstanding Service Award in recognition of the numerous contributions of Dr. Jimmy Smith, a professor in the Department of Mathematics from 1968 to 2000. The award honors the faculty member who has demonstrated meaningful and significant service to the College, the University and/or the faculty member's profession. Full-time faculty (including emeriti) with at least five full academic years of employment in CAS are eligible.

The Department thanks all those who nominated our faculty members. Your nominations matter!

About the Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology offers a comparative and holistic approach to the study of the human experience. The anthropological perspective provides a broad understanding of the origins as well as the meaning of physical and cultural diversity in the world – past, present and future. With nearly 200 undergraduate majors, the department offers numerous research opportunities for students including field schools, internships, lab projects and independent studies at home and abroad. Students may earn B.A. and B.S. degrees with concentrations in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and social practice and sustainability.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments, two stand-alone academic programs, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. Our values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of our students as global citizens. There are approximately 5,850 student majors in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian's general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational 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 embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Published: Oct 26, 2018 1:56pm