Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

The NEH Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College

The rotating NEH Chair in Appalachian Studies is designed to

  • Support regional scholarship, especially within the Berea College faculty,
  • Expose our students to wide variety of approaches to regional scholarship,
  • Provide for the inclusion of diverse topics in Appalachian Studies curriculum.

The endowed rotating chair was created in 2001 and was made possible by a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities scholars from a variety of disciplines can apply for the chair for terms of one to three years. Both junior and senior scholars can be considered for this position.

The teaching load is three classes per academic year during the appointment period. The chair-holder must also pursue a research project on an Appalachian topic in the humanities and will share this and other knowledge of the region with faculty and students through seminars, workshops, exhibits, etc.

For additional information about the NEH Chair, contact Center Director, Dr. Chad Berry by email at chad_berry@berea.edu , or by phone at (859)985-3727.

Past holders of the NEH Chair in Appalachian Studies include:

  • 2001-2002, James Yount, Ed.D., Technology Education;
  • 2002-2003, Jack Wright, Ohio University, M.A., Film Studies, visiting from Ohio University;
  • 2003-2004, Meta Mendel-Reyes, Ph.D., General Studies and Political Science;
  • 2004-2005, Joyce Miller, Ph.D., American Studies;
  • 2005-2006, William Schumann, Ph.D., Anthropology;
  • 2006-2007, Tammy Horn, Ph.D., Twentieth Century Literature;
  • 2007-2010, William Turner, Ph.D., Sociology.
  • 2010-present, Silas House, M.FA., Spalding University

Last updated September 2009

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