Dr. Lisa Runner joined the Hayes School of Music faculty full-time in 2006, having previously been a part-time instructor since 2000. A Virginia native, she holds degrees from Milligan College (B.A., Music, Education), East Tennessee State University (M.A., Media Services/Instructional Technology), and Appalachian State University (Ed.D., Educational Leadership) and completed all levels of Orff-Schulwerk Certification at Western Carolina University with Konnie Saliba. Her teaching responsibilities include music methods courses for both music education and elementary education majors and a general education course, "Cultivating Creative Expression through Music." She is the North Carolina state advisor for collegiate chapters of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and also serves as the faculty sponsor for the Appalachian State chapter of this organization. Previous teaching experiences include work at Milligan College and East Tennessee State University and seven years as an elementary school general music teacher in two public school systems in northeast Tennessee. Dr. Runner was presented with the Outstanding Teaching Award for the Hayes School of Music in 2012 and is a three-time recipient of the Student Government Association’s Faculty Appreciation Award. She was recognized in 2016 with the Board of Governor’s Teaching Award for the Appalachian State Campus.
Dr. Runner is the campus coordinator for the Summer Music Educators Institute held on the Appalachian campus each summer. She also coordinates the Orff-Schulwerk certification program in the Hayes School of Music and teaches recorder for all Levels courses. An active accompanist, she presently collaborates with The Civic Chorale, a regional auditioned choir based in Johnson City, Tennessee.