Each month of the academic year, the Appalachian State University College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) randomly selects one staff member to be featured in a staff spotlight on our website and social media accounts and to receive a small gift in recognition of their service to the College.
Andie Pabón Thomas '18
Administrative Support Associate
Department of English
Andie Pabón Thomas joined the Appalachian State University Department of English as the Administrative Support Associate in May 2022.
In her role, Pabón Thomas assists the chair, Dr. Leonardo Flores, and the other faculty members in the Department of English. "Some of my main responsibilities are assisting our co-chairs with the building of the new schedule for each semester; helping students with registering for courses, finding their professor’s office hours and scheduling meetings with Dr. Flores when they need; and, on occasion, scolding the copier when it refuses to print," she explained.
Recently, Pabón Thomas has taken on additional responsibilities, including serving as the business officer for the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series, working closely with Department of English faculty members Dr. Susan Weinberg, Dr. Mark Powell and Katy Abrams.
"For now, I am also acting as a temporary Office Manager for our department. I’m managing the faculty’s travel, dealing with Chrome River and many, many spreadsheets!" said Pabón Thomas.
Pabón Thomas shared that her favorite part of her job is helping people. "I joke that I’m everyone’s assistant because I love being able to help with even the simplest things, such as providing someone with a very cool and very nice pen. If I can make someone’s day a little bit easier–get one thing off their plate–I’m happy to do it," she said.
Originally from Fayetteville, Pabón Thomas graduated from App State in 2018 with her bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in creative writing.
When asked what she enjoys doing in her free time, Pabón Thomas replied, "I love to read! I know that’s very 'I graduated with an English degree' of me, but I was raised in a very literary household. A love of books and reading was cultivated in me from a very young age as I was brought up in my mother’s bookstore. I think I could read before I could talk!"
About the Department of English
The Department of English at Appalachian State University is committed to outstanding work in the classroom, the support and mentorship of students, and a dynamic engagement with culture, history, language, theory and literature. The department offers master’s degrees in English and rhetoric and composition, as well as undergraduate degrees in literary studies, film studies, creative writing, professional writing and English education. Learn more at https://english.appstate.edu.
About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Appalachian State University is home to 17 academic departments, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. CAS aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. More than 6,400 student majors are enrolled in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing App State’s general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at https://cas.appstate.edu.