Mayrelee Fallquist Newman, Ph.D.



Dr. Richard D. Howe and Rebecca Pierce-Ebdy, “Mayrelee Fallquist Newman, Ph.D.,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed May 20, 2024,

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Mayrelee Fallquist Newman, Ph.D.


Appalachian State University
Universities and colleges--Faculty


Dr. Richard D. Howe
Rebecca Pierce-Ebdy




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Boone (N.C.)

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Professor Emerita

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Professor Emerita of Leadership and Higher Education Mayrelee Fallquist Newman (June 29, 1926 -) was born in Spokane, Washington. She has three children, Alice May, born May 2,1950, Kristine Anne, born March 21,1952, and Robert Francis, born May 14,1955. Newman earned her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in English from Washington State University in 1949 and the M.L.S. in Library Science in 1959. In 1969, she attended the Institute for Executive Development at the University of Washington and in 1975 she received her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Newman was an Education Policy Fellow at George Washington University in Washington, DC in 1979- 80 and a Fulbright Scholar/Lecturer at Mansoura University, Egypt in 1983. Newman began her career as Assistant Children's Librarian at the King County Public Library in Seattle, Washington in 1957. She accepted the position of Juvenile, Young Adult and Extension Librarian with the Washoe County Library in Reno, Nevada in 1958. From 1960 to 1965, she served as summer faculty and visiting professor at the University of Nevada in Reno, a position that overlapped her duties as Staff and Base Librarian for the U.S. Air Force (SAC), stationed at Headquarters, 8th AF, Malmstrom AFB and Larson AFB. She was Director of Learning Resources at El Centro College and Planner for Learning Resources in the Dallas County Junior College District in Dallas, Texas from 1966-69. Newman joined the faculty of Appalachian State University as an associate professor in Educational Media and director of the Institute on the Learning Resource Center of the Two-Year College. She spent the summer of 1973 as a visiting lecturer at Washington State University and in 1972-74 she acted as Principal Investigator and Project Director for Maximizing Learning Opportunities in Three Counties of Western North Carolina funded by a USOE Grant under Title IIB of the Higher Education Act. In 1979, she took a one year leave of absence from Appalachian to serve as program officer of the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C. She retired as Professor Emerita of Leadership and Higher Education in December, 1989. Newman's areas of special interest include adult education, Scandinavian Folk High Schools, continued improvement of teaching and learning, international education, 147 occupational training, and literacy. Her special scholarly efforts have included two visits to Scandinavia to research Folk High Schools (1977 and 1986), seven weeks in Egypt studying adult technical schools and literacy training (1979), and two semesters as director of the Appalachian House in Washington, D.C. Newman currently resides in Boone, North Carolina and serves as adjunct professor at Appalachian State University. Sources: Appalachian State University files and long association. —Dr. Richard D. Howe and Ms. Rebecca Pierce-Ebdy

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