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Current Faculty-In-Residence

Dr. Brandy Bryson - Cone Hall

Dr. Brandy Bryson joined the faculty at Appalachian State University in 2012. She is an associate professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies. Brandy teaches Critical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching for teacher education majors. 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 and colleagues with a growth mindset- 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 mindfulness/spirituality. 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 - Dogwood Hall

Thomas Mueller is a professor in advertising communication at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He is a quantitative analyst with research interests in analytics marketing, energy research, and predictive models for consumer behavior. He earned his masters in business administration degree from Otterbein University in Ohio, then his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Florida.

Mueller is the senior member of Appalachian's Faculty-In-Residence program and co-founder of the Active Living Residential Learning Community (RLC), which has become one of the top RLCs within University Housing.

Mueller's work has been published in the Journal of Higher Education Management, Journal of Bullying & Social Aggression, Energy Research & Social Science, and the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. His most recent academic research has focused on the social effect of gender transformation in marketing; and the psychological dimensions of resilience in university students. He is also a self-published author and is completing a manuscript on freethinking Christianity.