About

We support the mission of Appalachian State University and the Division of Student Affairs to develop lifelong learners and leaders by engaging and challenging students within a culture of care and inclusion. 

Our mission is to encourage students to explore career paths, identify and develop skills, and pursue experiential opportunities. Our vision is that each member of the Appalachian State community will be empowered to achieve lifelong professional success.

As a result of participating in Career Development Center services, students will be able identify core values, beliefs, and skills, and use them articulate relatable career goals;  acquire transferable skills and relevant experiences for future proffesional endeavors; and utilize resouces that are available to gain experiental learning opportunities and cultivate professional networks.

We will partner with MSD and other affinity groups to offer targeted programming that will result in students reporting increased confidence in understanding career options and navigating their transition from college.

The Career Development Center works to facilitate the University's goal of economic development for the region. Our staff facilitates unions between our students and employers that benefit the state as a whole through career fairs, employer workshops, information sessions, networking events, and on-campus interviewing opportunities.

Dr. Susan McCracken

Dr. Susan McCracken

Director of Career Development and Economic Engagement

mccrackensd@appstate.edu

 
Sharon C. Jensen

Sharon C. Jensen

Associate Director / Internship Resource Counselor

jensensc@appstate.edu

 
Michelle D. Brown

Michelle D. Brown

Assistant Director, Career Exploration

brownmd@appstate.edu

 
Maureen Cathey

Maureen Cathey

Assistant Director / Career Counselor

College of Education

catheyme@appstate.edu

 
Erika Cary

Erika Cary

Assistant Director / Career Counselor

College of Arts and Sciences

caryem@appstate.edu

 
Geralyn Mitchell

Geralyn Mitchell

Assistant Director / Career Counselor

College of Fine and Applied Arts

Hayes School of Music

mitchellgb@appstate.edu

 
Jennifer Perry

Jennifer Perry

Assistant Director / Career Counselor

Beaver College of Health Sciences

perryja@appstate.edu

 
Deanne Smith

Deanne Smith

Assistant Director, Employer Development and Relations

smith2dr@appstate.edu

 

Kato Thompson

Kato Thompson

Student Employment Assistant

katoan@appstate.edu

 

Les Miller

Les Miller

Student Employment Coordinator

millerlc1@appstate.edu

 

Mary Kelly Glidewell

Mary Kelly Glidewell

Recruiting Services Manager

glidewellmk@appstate.edu

 

Brittany Benton

Brittany Benton

Customer Service & Support Specialist

bentonbf@appstate.edu

 

Matt Belt

Matt Belt

Technology Support Analyst

beltmr@appstate.edu

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Rm. 369, John Thomas Hall
287 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28607

Phone: (828) 262-2180

Email: careercenter@appstate.edu