Office of the Academic Vice President

Chad Berry

Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty, Goode Professor of Appalachian Studies, Professor of History

Lincoln, Room 331
CPO 2204

Office Hours: By appointment by calling 859-985-3489.

Phone: 859-985-3490
Fax: 859-985-3637


At Berea College since 2006


B.A., summa cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 1986
M.A., Western Kentucky University, 1988
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1995


  • APS 121: Appalachian Culture
  • APS 253: Appalachian America
  • GSTR 210: Writing Seminar II: Identify and Diversity
  • GSTR 410: Senior Seminar in Contemporary Global Issues: “Stirring the Pot: Food Politics, Gender, and Globalization”

Special Interests

  • Appalachian history and culture, especially migration and global perspectives
  • Teaching with visual imagery
  • Local food and local culture
  • Community and student engagement
  • Higher Education


  • American Historical Association
  • Appalachian Studies Association
  • Organization of American Historians American
  • American Conference of Academic Deans


Chad Berry came to the office of the Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty after serving five years as Director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center and also serving one year as Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service. Prior to coming to Berea in 2006, he was a member of the faculty at Maryville College. He is the author of Southern Migrants, Northern Exiles, published by the University of Illinois Press, which examines the migration of millions of white southerners to the Midwest during the twentieth century.

The book was inspired by his paternal grandparents, who reluctantly left Tennessee in the 1940s, going first to Akron, Ohio, and ultimately settling in Mishawaka, Indiana, where they found jobs and the economic opportunity that had eluded them in the South. He is the editor of and a contributor to The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance (Illinois, 2008), an important radio program from Chicago that was instrumental in the development of country music. He is published widely in the area of Appalachian studies and international education.

Having visited more than 45 countries, he enjoys taking students on international study trips, including destinations such as Cuba, China, and countries in Africa. In 2005, the East Tennessee Historical Society awarded him its Teaching Excellence Award.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he was the 2006-2007 president of the Appalachian Studies Association. He is currently working on a project that explores the development of Appalachian Studies after World War II as well as another project analyzing maps that Berea students drew of their home communities between 1948 and the late 1960s for a general studies class; work on the latter can be viewed at

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