November 12-16, 2018
Examining Freedom of Speech at App State

Freedom of Expression on a Public University Campus – Where Do I Fit In? A webinar program for faculty and staff

Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State
Friday, November 16, 2018 / 2:00pm
155 Plemmons Student Union (Tater Hill)
Registration is required

Dr. Erik Kneubuehl, associate vice chancellor for Student Involvement & Leadership at East Carolina University leads a webinar for faculty and staff. Issues of personal expression, advocating for students, managing classroom discussions and helping students navigate their own communications challenges are some topics that will be covered.

Registration is required. To register for the program, please email

Currently an Associate Vice Chancellor at East Carolina University (ECU), Kneubuehl has over 20 years of experience in higher education. He has held leadership positions at Virginia Tech, Florida Atlantic University, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and the State University of New York - Maritime College. Prior to assuming the role of Associate Vice Chancellor at ECU, he served for almost 10 years as a Dean of Students, overseeing areas such as: counseling services, student health services, athletics & recreation, student life, disability support services, Greek life, and residential life.

Active nationally, Kneubuehl has served in various roles on the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Region II Board, appointed twice to NASPA’s Public Policy Division, and currently serves on the NASPA AVP Steering Committee. He has also held leadership roles in the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA). Holding a doctorate in organization leadership from Northeastern University, Kneubuehl's research interests include team cohesion and civil discourse/free speech.

Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State

Appalachian State University, like universities across the nation, faces the challenge of balancing a respect for and obligation to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution with an institutional culture of respect for thought, belief and community.

  • When members of our community express themselves in ways that belittle or degrade others, how do we address these actions?
  • When members of our community view expressions of speech as threats, how do we ensure their safety?
  • How can we protect freedom of speech and thought for all members of our community?
  • Can we – or should we – use policy to address these matters?

Each semester, the Appalachian Community investigates these questions, and others like them, through intentional programming designed to explore meaningful, challenging issues respectfully.

Join us for a weeklong series of conversations, panel discussions, speeches and forums.

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