Walker College welcomes new faculty for Fall 2020 term

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University announces the appointments of nine new faculty members for the Fall 2020 term. 

Department of Accounting


The Department of Accounting welcomes Assistant Professor Brian Hasson. Dr. Hasson was most recently an assistant professor of accounting at Florida Southern College. His research interests include behavioral auditing, and he holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Florida. Dr. Hasson’s wife, Julie, is also joining Appalachian’s faculty as an assistant professor of leadership and educational studies in the Reich College of Education. “We both sought to further our academic careers at an institution with beautiful scenery, a vibrant college atmosphere and quality students and colleagues,” said Dr. Hasson. “A focus on teaching excellence and an environment where we could conduct quality research was also important. App State hits all those targets for us.”

Department of Computer Information Systems

The Department of Computer Information System welcomes two assistant professors and a lecturer for Fall 2020.


Taylor Douglas returns to Appalachian’s faculty as a lecturer of computer information systems. In addition to having previously served in the role in 2017, Douglas has been a software designer and business analyst at Boone-based ECRS. Douglas is a two-time graduate of the Walker College, having earned her BSBA and MBA from Appalachian. “The community and culture here at Appalachian is incredible,” said Douglas. “The faculty, staff and students here are special, and they are a big part of why I love it here!”


Dr. Jung Kim will also serve as an assistant professor of computer information systems. Previously, Dr. Kim taught information systems at Queens University in Charlotte and at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His research focuses on digital innovation, information security / risk management and emergent technologies. Dr. Kim holds a PhD in Business Administration from Georgia State University. 

Last spring, the department also welcomed Dr. Darin Hodges, who now serves as an assistant professor of information systems.

Department of Economics


The Department of Economics welcomes back Dr. Larry Miners as a lecturer of economics. Dr. Miners previously served in this role for Appalachian, and he returned thanks to “great colleagues and a great work environment.” Dr. miners holds a PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Last spring, the department also welcomed Dr. Nathaniel Wilcox, who serves as a professor of economics.

Department of Management

The Department of Management welcomes three assistant professors and a lecturer to its faculty.


Dr. Jack Carson is an assistant professor of management. His research focuses on interpersonal mistreatment at work, social exchange and attributions. He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Northern Arizona University and a PhD from Auburn University.


Dr. Justin Kent is an assistant professor of management. Dr. Kent’s research interests include student entrepreneurial decision making and entrepreneurship through acquisition.  He earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kent said he made his way to App State because he and his family “love the outdoors and the great community feel of Boone.”


Dr. Melissa Medaugh is an assistant professor of management. Dr. Medaugh’s research focuses on the microfoundations of entrepreneurship and strategy, including the social and psychological processes that influence entrepreneurial outcomes. She chose to teach at Appalachian because of its “combined focus on sustainability, dedication to interdisciplinarity and teaching excellence, and a positive, inclusive, supportive culture.” 

The Department of Management also welcomes Carrie Morgan as a lecturer. Previously, Morgan served as a lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management


The Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management welcomes James Fyles as an executive in residence. Fyles, who most recently served as an assistant professor of practice at Stetson University, will work to build the professional sales program at Appalachian. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Rollins College in Florida.


Dr. William Northington is an assistant professor of marketing, a position he most recently held at St. Bonaventure University in New York. Dr. Northington’s research focuses on omnichannel retailing and service strategies. He is a three-time graduate of the University of Alabama, having earned a BSBA in economics, an MS in Marketing and a PhD in Marketing. Dr. Northington joins the faculty at Appalachian with an aim to teach business for good and help students think critically as they approach today's known and tomorrow's unknown problems and opportunities. “We can learn so much from others when we open ourselves up to humanity's unique and diverse experiences and strive to learn from and respect one another,” he said. 

Walker College welcomes new faculty for Fall 2020 term
Published: Aug 14, 2020 4:03pm