Current Faculty-In-Residence

Dr. Brandy Bryson - Cone Hall

Dr. Brandy Bryson joined the faculty at Appalachian State University in 2012.  She is an assistant professor in the Educational Foundations program in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies.  Brandy teaches Critical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching for teacher education majors and a general education course on race as part of the new gen-ed theme called "Do You Want to Change the World?"  Brandy also teaches honors seminars, graduate level courses on inclusive diversity and research methods, and supervises theses and doctoral student dissertations.  Her research focuses on inclusive diversity, equity, and social justice with a particular focus on racial literacy and racial equity in society and schools, PK-Doctorate.  What Brandy enjoys most about her work at Appalachian is engaging with students who enjoy asking difficult questions that challenge our assumptions.  Brandy is passionate about people and loves spending time with others who are thoughtful and compassionate.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading fiction and writings on mindfulness.  She tends to get her nerd on about the latest developments in neuroscience - learning how our brains are wired around emotion and response.  This coincides with her love for yoga and music, especially funk, soul, jazz, and R&B.  As a University of Georgia alum, she also enjoys SEC football and visiting family and friends in Atlanta.


Dr. Thomas Mueller - Hoey Hall

Thomas S. Mueller, Ph.D., M.B.A., is an associate professor in the Department of Communication.  He teaches a variety of classes related to advertising media and persuasive messaging.  He is the senior member of Appalachian's Faculty-In-Residence program.  Dr. Mueller is also co-founder of the Active Living Residential Learning Community (RLC), which has become one of the top RLCs within University Housing in terms of demand.  Dr. Mueller is involved with campus collaborations and service learning projects.  He recently completed a study to explore the perception of charitable giving for the Watauga Habitat for Humanity.  Most recently, Dr. Mueller is exploring predictive analytics and linguistic inquiry text analysis.  He is working on a long-term project with Appalachian's Center for Analytics Research & Education (CARE) to create peak energy power reduction programs.  Dr. Mueller plans to present the power reduction initiative in a campuswide outreach through Appalachian's new residential curriculum initiative.


Dr. Saloua Ali Ben Zahra - Living Learning Center

Dr. Saloua Ali Ben Zahra currently directs the Arabic program at Appalachian and teaches as an assistant professor of Arabic culture, language, and literature in translation.  She obtained her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota where she was twice the recipient of Fulbright Program scholarships.  For her doctoral project she worked on representations of disabilities in Arab/Islamic post colonial literatures, cultures, and societies.  She taught diverse courses in Minnesota; most recently Arabic language and culture, but before that French, English, and Italian.  She is originally from Tunisia where she was educated at the University of Tunis-Carthage and taught at various Tunisian universities.  Her areas of research and interest include Francophone literatures and global cinema.  Saloua (pronounced "Salwa") has been a member of the Faculty-In-Residence program since last year at the Living Learning Center.