BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Heather Dixon-Fowler, associate professor in the Department of Management in Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business, has been named chair of the department, and Dr. Rachel S. Shinnar, professor in the Department of Management, has been appointed assistant department chair. Both positions went into effect July 1.
During the 2018–19 academic year, Dixon-Fowler served as acting department chair, and, during the 2017–18 academic year, she served as assistant department chair. Shinnar served as the department’s acting assistant chair during the 2018–19 academic year.
Management students should expect both administrators to continue an emphasis on experiential learning both inside and beyond the classroom, including real-world projects, internships and global travel opportunities.
Dixon-Fowler has led study abroad programs to Vietnam, Panama, Spain and Malawi, and Shinnar has served as faculty leader for the Cuba study abroad trip and as an instructor for the college’s study abroad program in France.
Both Dixon-Fowler and Shinnar have served as faculty advisors for management and entrepreneurship internships and have supervised the summer internship program in entrepreneurship.
About Dr. Heather Dixon-Fowler
Since joining Appalachian’s faculty in 2009, Dixon-Fowler has taught a variety of management and entrepreneurship courses. Her research interests include corporate governance, sustainability and social entrepreneurship.
Previously, Dixon-Fowler served as director for the college’s Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship and developed the first undergraduate social entrepreneurship course in Walker College.
She earned her Ph.D. in business administration with an emphasis in corporate strategy from the University of Arkansas.
About Dr. Rachel Shinnar
Shinnar, who joined Appalachian’s faculty in 2004, has taught organizational behavior, international management, contemporary issues in management and leadership, as well as international human resource management.
Her research interests center on upward mobility for Hispanic immigrants in their respective careers and entrepreneurship education for minorities and females.
Shinnar earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a B.A. from Tel Aviv University in Israel.
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About the Department of Management
The Department of Management offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to prepare students for managerial responsibilities in today’s dynamic environment. Learn more at https://management.appstate.edu.
About the Walker College of Business
The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 3,000 undergraduates in 10 majors and 175 graduate students in three master's programs, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business. Learn more at https://business.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The 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 to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.