Heather Childress Custer


  • BA English, Education; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA English, Education; Appalachian State University
  • M.A. Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition


  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: Early Adolescence/English Language Arts
  • North Carolina State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction: Professional Educator's Licenses for Academically/Intellectually Gifted (K-12), Middle Grades Language Arts (6-9), English (9-12)

Teaching Awards & Honors:

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching
  • College of Arts & Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers
  • College of Arts & Sciences Non-Tenure Track Teaching Excellence Award
  • Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding Faculty Award 
  • "Most Helpful" Faculty and Staff List 
  • Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Organization for Women Educators


  • Contract Grading: Two Approaches -- co-presented at App State’s 2020 Rhetoric and Composition Institute on 2 Dec. 2020.
  • Designed for Download: Using Podcasts as Texts -- presented at App State’s Tech4Teach Fair on 26 Feb. 2020.
  • Digital Multimodal Writing -- co-presented at App State’s 2019 Rhetoric and Composition Institute on 25 Oct. 2019.
  • Designed for Download: Strategies for Using Podcasts in Writing Courses -- co-presented at App State's 2018 Rhetoric and Composition Institute on 2 Feb. 2018.
  • "I ain’t in your dream Keisha. You’re in mine": Spectral Communities and "More than Social" Consciousness in Twenty-First Century London Literature -- presented at the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference on 9 Oct. 2016.
  • "Did You Really Mean Happy and Healthy are All that Matter?": A Mother’s Willingness to Write Multiple Narratives for Her LGBTQ Child -- presented at a meeting of the Caldwell County PFLAG Chapter on 16 Jan. 2014 and on the News Talk Morning Show of 1340 WJRI on 17 Jan. 2014.
  • Kick Up Instruction with Interactive Notebooks -- presented at the North Carolina Association of Gifted & Talented Conference on 28 Feb. 2013.


  • App State Club Cheer
Title: Senior Lecturer
Department: Department of English

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2318

Office address
402 Sanford