Dr. Nancy S. Love
The Appalachian chapter described Dr. Love as a “tireless proponent of academic freedom issues.”
Dr. Nancy S. Love, a professor of political science in Appalachian State University’s Department of Government and Justice Studies, received the 2017 Award for Academic Freedom and Faculty Governance from Appalachian’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
The Appalachian chapter recognized Dr. Love for her work that “embodies the values and priorities of AAUP.” She serves as coordinator of Appalachian’s Humanities Council and has brought speakers to campus who focus on issues of academic freedom and social justice. Dr. Love is also secretary of the Watauga County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), whose vision is to “ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.”
“We are fortunate to have a scholar and human such as Nancy on our campus,” said the Appalachian chapter of AAUP.
About the AAUP
Founded in 1915, the AAUP is a national organization of American college and university professors which has chapters on over 450 campuses. According to its website, the AAUP’s mission is to “to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.” Prominent members have included John Dewey and Albert Einstein.
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.