The Labor Program at Berea College

Labor Positions in Appalachian Center

Since 1970, the Appalachian Center has played a central role in helping Berea College realize its commitment to education and service in Appalachia. We do this through offering Appalachian Studies courses, advising students who wish to pursue an independent major or minor in Appalachian Studies, providing an academic home for students who identify with the region, and through offering programming about Appalachia. The Center promotes scholarship that benefits the Appalachian region and builds partnerships with communities and organizations throughout the region. We assist the college in its effort to recruit, retain, and graduate Appalachian students and encourage graduates to live and work in the region.

Summary of student labor positions:
The Appalachian Center serves as an umbrella for a variety of programs and services in which students take part. Departmental assistants and associates are an integral part of the life and work of the Center, with varied duties such as office work, writing, answering visitors’ questions, monitoring the use of the Faber Library, and keeping the area clean and orderly. Students provide editorial assistance for Appalachian Heritage magazine, a literary quarterly that publishes art, poetry, photography, and creative prose that pertains to regional life or is prepared by people with strong ties to the Appalachian region. Students also assist in creating and carrying out various programs put on by the Center, such as its annual Celebration of Traditional Music, the quarterly Appalachian Heritage featured author readings, film showings, artist residencies, concerts, and workshops. The Artifacts & Exhibits Studio employs student curatorial assistants working with the artifact collections, preparing exhibits for the Appalachian Center Gallery as well as locations around campus. One student position is dedicated to assisting the faculty member who holds the NEH Endowed Chair of Appalachian Studies in teaching and research on Appalachian topics.

Other programs that fall under the Appalachian Center run their own labor programs, and their job descriptions may be found under their names: Brushy Fork Institute and Entrepreneurship for the Public Good.

Student Positions (1010 – 6740)

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