Watauga Global Community is dedicated and structured to develop students' expertise in the skills to evaluate and integrate relevant and quality information from different knowledge sources through individual and collaborative processes. The program takes an integrative approach to living and learning, emphasizing the academic and social community through collaborative team teaching and shared co-curricular activities and modeling a way of being in which academic activity is changed by the living experience and living is informed by the academic experience. The curriculum and community create an atmosphere of discovery that leads to an awareness and understanding of local issues and their connections with global issues, blending academic accomplishments with an understanding of the responsibilities of community membership.
Dedicated to replicable curricular, pedagogical, and assessment experimentation, including new designs for community governance and programming, Watauga Global Community pursues its mission through a sequenced, interdisciplinary, experiential curriculum that requires students to integrate class content, community-based research, and multicultural immersion. This innovative curriculum, in conjunction with the academic and residential community, creates an atmosphere for the emergence of dynamic learning experiences through unique interactions among students and faculty.
Watauga Global Community is a unit within Appalachian’s University College. University College consists of the university’s integrated general education curriculum, academic support services, residential learning communities, interdisciplinary degree programs and co-curricular programming – all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside of the classroom.
Joseph Bathanti named N.C. Poet Laureate
Award-winning poet, professor and advocate for literacy Joseph Bathanti of Vilas has been named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate by Gov. Bev Perdue.
Bathanti is a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University where he is also director of the Writing in the Field program and writer-in-residence in the university’s Watauga Global Community.