Alfred Valentine Rapp, ED.D.



Dr. Kay R. Dickson, “Alfred Valentine Rapp, ED.D.,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed April 22, 2024,

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Alfred Valentine Rapp, ED.D.


Appalachian State University
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Dr. Kay R. Dickson




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Boone (N.C.)

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Professor Emeritus

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Professor Emeritus of Technology Alfred V. Rapp received both his bachelor's degree (1960) and his master's degree (1965) from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. He received his Ed.D degree in 1972 from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. After Rapp received his master's degree, he was a teacher and department head at Nova Junior/Senior High School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from 1965 until 1968. He became a supervisor (K-12) in the Nova Schools of Fort Lauderdale in 1968 and served in that capacity until 1969, when he accepted a position with Computer Applications, Inc., of Silver Spring, Maryland. While working as an analyst for Computer Applications, Rapp was responsible for project evaluation and recommendations for the Center for Occupational Education, North Carolina State University, Raleigh; for the development of a self-instructional, audio-visual training system for basic pre-vocational skills (a Job Corporation/Department of Labor project); and for the development and implementation of staff training materials and program for the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, under the auspices of Gallaudet College (sponsored by the Bureau of Handicapped). Dr. Rapp joined the faculty at Appalachian State University in 1971 as a professor of technology. While at Appalachian State, in addition to his teaching career, Dr. Rapp held various academic positions. From 1989 to 1991, he was the acting chair in the Department of Technology; from 1991 until 1993, he was on temporary assignment in Business Affairs; and in 1993, he was appointed director of Systems and Special Projects in Business Affairs, a position he held until he became associate vice chancellor for administration in 1995. Dr. Rapp was active in many academic organizations. He was a member of the North Carolina Telecommunications Association, the Association of College and University Telecommunications Administrators, EDUCOM, Kappa Delta Pi, the International Technology Education Association, the North Carolina Technology Education Association, Epsilon Pi Tau, the Council of Technology Teacher Educators, the American Council for Elementary School Industrial Arts, and the North Carolina Vocational Association. Rapp served on numerous university committees and task forces, such as the Alternative Transportation Committee, the University Technology Committee, the Impact North Carolina Technology Committee, and the Task Force on Distance Learning. He was chair of the Laptop Project Finance Committee and of the Committee to Review Support Areas for Re-Engineering or Possible Outsourcing. In May of 1990, Rapp received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Appalachian State University Alumni Association. He was the recipient of a Kent State University, School of Technology, Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998. Dr. Rapp has been the author and co-author of numerous publications, including the following articles: • Apicella, Rapp, and Tkacz. "Outsourcing: A Viable Alternative for Telecom?" Journal of Telecommunications in Higher Education (Fall 1998). • Estepp and Rapp. "Teaching in a Pluralistic Computer Environment." The Technology Teacher (February 1990) (refereed article). Estepp, Holmes, and Rapp. "Interactive Audio with Microcomputer." The Technology Teacher (December 1987) (refereed article). Rapp, Alfred V. Easy-to-Build Controls Interface Computers to Various Devices." School Shop (April 1985). Rapp, Alfred V. "Fruit Press Project: Cider and Satisfaction." Industrial Education (November 1984). • Rapp, Alfred V. "Teacher Differences-A Foot-note in Education." News from the Appalachian State University TTT Project (Spring 1976). • Rapp, Alfred V. "Student Options in a Competency Based Program." News from the Appalachian State University TTT Project (Spring 1976). Dr. Rapp was awarded emeritus status by the Board of Trustees in March 2000. Sources: Appalachian State University files. -Dr. Kay R. Dickson

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