Mr. Bell administers services to support traditional first-year students, including both new and transfer students, through academic and social orientation and integration, to enhance their experience at the university and to improve student success. His primary responsibilities include coordinating and teaching FYS111: First Year Seminar. He is also the Director of First Year Advising and an instructor of other General Studies courses.
Mr. Bell’s academic interests include: High Impact Practices in higher education, integration of the Liberal Arts education and experience, the seminar and Socratic inquiry modes of education, and regional culture and environmental conservation.
Ryan first came to Western North Carolina as an Appalachian Trail ‘thru-hiker’ in 2004. He returned after more traveling, graduate school and teaching experiences. His first role at MHU was working with anticipated first generation college students through a TRIO grant in 2010. He lives in Mars Hill with his wife Prof. Lopez Bell and two children. Mr. Bell is the advisor and coach of the MHU ultimate frisbee team, “Passive Fist.” He is also a leader of the Bailey Mountain preservation project and an advisor of the MHU Chess Club.