Summer Ventures Program Director

The director of the AppState Summer Ventures Program is Ms. Lori Tyler. Ms. Tyler has completed Ed.D. (Educational Leadership) coursework at Appalachian State University, Ph.D. coursework at Vanderbilt University in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Mathematics Education. She holds academic degrees in mathematics and mathematics education from Elon College (NC Teaching Fellow) and Wake Forest University, has studied school administration, biostatistics and public health at UNC-Chapel Hill, and holds an Ed.S. degree in University Leadership & Higher Education from Appalachian State University. Her research interests include the impact of the Summer Ventures in Science & Mathematics program on NC, university and teacher leadership, the development and sustaining of professional teaching communities, and supporting middle-school mathematics teachers' instruction of statistical concepts. 

Ms. Tyler's professional experience in secondary schools includes teaching mathematics in North Carolina at Orange High School (1998-2001), Cary High School (1996), and South Mecklenburg High School (1992-1996). She has supervised student teachers, developed mentoring programs for novice teachers, written mathematics curriculum, and coordinated many professional development seminars. She has also taught at the post-secondary level at several community colleges and Appalachian State University, including coordinating the AppState Math Contest, the North Carolina Student Academy of Science (NCSAS-Region 7), and the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF-Region 7). Ms. Tyler has been involved with both residence life and academic instruction with Summer Ventures at AppState since 1991. Her dedication to AppState's Summer Ventures originates with her own experience as a student in 1986.

2024 Residence Life Staff

Residence Director

Mr. Matt Hinson - B.M., Music Education, East Carolina University; Teacher/Director: Musical Theater, Northwest School of the Arts, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Year #21 with SVSM--started in 2003.

Assistant Residence Director

Ms. Stephanie Harrison - Ph.D., Educational Leadership, University of South Carolina; B.S. & M.Ed., School Health Education, East Carolina University; Teacher: Health Education, Northwest School of the Arts, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Year #12 with SVSM--started in 2013. UNC-C SVSM alum.

Student Life Instructors (SLIs)