CAE Faculty Champion spotlight: Dr. Leah Sherman

Dr. Leah Sherman

Director of Undergraduate Laboratories

Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Center for Academic Excellence has enlisted the help of many faculty champions across the campus community to help with workshops and support for the Keep Teaching initiative during the virtual transition of Covid-19. Faculty champions are helping others with transitioning to online delivery; continuing support of faculty and staff within their home department throughout this semester; providing consultations and workshops, as well as assisting faculty with efforts for accessible course content.

"I have been working on moving all of the introductory physics labs online during this transition period; this involves 32 lab sections spread over five different lecture courses. I have also been running a virtual electronics class using a computer aided design (CAD) based simulation software for our physics majors and helping students to design demonstration videos for online STEM outreach," said Sherman. 


About the Department of Physics and Astronomy
The Department of Physics and Astronomy’s curriculum has an applied nature that includes a core of fundamental physics courses and laboratory experiences. The department prepares graduates for a variety of scientific, teaching or engineering professions, as well as future educational endeavors. Learn more at

About the Center for Academic Excellence
The Center for Academic Excellence is Appalachian State University's lead teaching and learning resource for faculty, staff and students. It was formed in 2016 by combining the staff and resources from Learning Technology Services and Faculty and Academic Development into a single, comprehensive center dedicated to growing excellence in teaching and learning and supporting faculty and student success. Among its services, the center provides support for teaching innovation, the scholarship of teaching and learning, learning technologies and professional development for faculty and staff. Learn more at

Compiled and written by Maddie Seehafer and Ellen Gwin Burnette
May 7, 2020

Dr. Leah Sherman, Center for Academic Excellence Champion. Photo by University Communications.
Published: May 7, 2020 3:30pm