Faculty & Staff



Dr. Sonja Ardoin, Assistant Professor

Dr. Sonja Ardoin

Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D. is a learner, educator, facilitator, and author. Proud of her hometown of Vidrine, Louisiana, her working class, Cajun roots, and her first-generation college student to PhD journey, Sonja holds degrees from LSU, Florida State, and NC State. She considers herself a scholar-practitioner of higher education; she served as a student affairs administrator for 10 years before shifting to the faculty in 2015. Sonja studies social class identity, college access and success for rural and first-generation college students, student and women’s leadership, and career preparation and pathways in higher education and student affairs. She credits her love of reading to her grandmother, who always brought her to the local library as a child and challenged her to read the maximum number of books each week. You can learn more about Sonja's work at www.sonjaardoin.com.

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Email: ardoins@appstate.edu

Phone: (828) 262-8375

Office: 337B College of Education

Dr. Catherine Clark, Associate Professor

Dr. Catherine Clark

Dr, Catherine Clark received her Doctorate for Indiana University and has taught at Appalachian State University for 24 years. She works with the Leadership Center on campus and is a member of the Leadership Minor Advisory Council. In addition, she has served as a co-lead for LeaderShape of 25 years. She is passionate about understanding the college student experience and in supporting and mentoring graduate students. In her spare time, she volunteers as an EMT with a small rural fire department and enjoys the outdoors and coffee!

Email: clarkcr@appstate.edu

Phone: 828-262-2448

Office: 336A College of Education

Dr. James Lancaster, Professor

Education: Doctor of Education, Higher Education Administration, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1985. Masters of Art, American History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1974. Bachelor of Arts, History, concentration in Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1972. Certified Trainer, Ethical Fitness, Institute for Global Ethics, Camden Maine, 1999. Certificate in Arts Management, University of Georgia, Athens, 1978.

Select Publications: Lancaster, J.M., Ed. (2006). "Exercising Power with Wisdom-Bridging legal and ethical practice with intention". Asheville, NC: College Administration Publications. "Ethics and Professional Practice", ASJA Training Manual chapter, in press. Cooper, D.L & Lancaster, J.M., Ed. (1998). Beyond law and policy: reaffirming the role of student affairs. New Directions in Student Services, 82.

Hobbies & Interests: Music, including guitar and banjo; Landscape gardening; Home improvement and DIY projects; Travel, international and domestic, with family and friends.

Email: lancasterjm@appstate.edu 

Phone: 828-262-6055

Office: 334C College of Education

Dr. Diane Waryold

Dr. Diane Waryold

Dr. Diane M. Waryold is a Professor and Program Director in the Student Affairs Administration graduate preparation program. She is in her 16th year of teaching at ASU. Waryold prides herself in identifying as a first-generation college student. She is a native New Yorker. She is an active Disaster Services volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Prior Experiences

  • She was an accomplished student affairs administrator for 20 plus years before moving into the professoriate role at ASU. 
  • Waryold served as executive director of the Center for Academic Integrity and Program Administrator for the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. 

  • She is a founding and charter member of the Association for Student Judicial Affairs (ASJA), and served as president in 1995. 

  • Dr. Waryold has presented programs, published, and consulted on campus student conduct, sexual misconduct, campus safety and campus policing, and academic integrity throughout the country. 

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Email: waryolddm@appstate.edu 

Phone: 828-262-6067
Office: 334B College of Education