Faculty & Staff

The Center for Appalachian Studies is organized into separate academic and administrative functions.

Academics: Four full-time teaching faculty in Appalachian studies offer graduate and undergraduate courses in collaboration with three part-time instructors in Appalachian music and numerous affiliate faculty across the University. Center affiliate faculty teach classes, supervise theses and internships, advise students, maintain current graduate faculty status, serve on graduate committees, and/or conduct research that supports student learning about Appalachia. Academic programming in Appalachian studies is also supported by the full-time faculty editor of Appalachian Journal and head librarian of Belk Library's W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection.

Administration: A Center Director holds a permanent half-time administrative appointment including responsibilities for public outreach, academic programming, external support, and operations of Appalachian Journal. A Graduate Program Director organizes recruiting, advising, and other functions of the Master of Arts program in Appalachian Studies. The Center shares an Administrative Assistant position with two other academic units.

Center Faculty & Staff

Faculty/Staff Member Department Contact
Teri Goodman
Administrative Assistant
Appalachian Studies
(828) 262-4089
Thomas Hansell
Co-Director of University Documentary Film Services, Assistant Professor
Center For Appalachian Studies & University Documentary Film Services
(828) 262-7715
Katherine E. Ledford
Program Director, Associate Professor
Appalachian Studies
(828) 262-4087
William Schumann
Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies
Appalachian Studies
(828) 262-4089
Dave Wood
Instructor in Appalachian Studies and Graduate Program Coordinator
Appalachian Studies & Hayes School of Music
(828) 262-7199

Affiliate Faculty

Faculty/Staff Member Department Contact
Laura Ammon
Associate Professor
Philosophy and Religion
Sandra Ballard
Professor of English and Editor, Appalachian Journal
English
(828) 262-4072
Joseph Bathanti
Professor
English
(828) 262-2337
Patricia D Beaver
Emeritus Professor
Anthropology
Sarah Carmichael
Associate Professor
Geology
(828) 262-8471
E. Cecelia Conway
Professor of English and Folklore
English
(828) 262-2350
James Goff
Professor
History
(828) 262-6011
Fred J. Hay
Professor, Librarian of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection
Library
(828) 262-2887
Lynn Moss Sanders
Professor
English
(828) 262-2336
Bradley Nash, Jr.
Assistant Professor
Sociology
(828) 262-2486
Elaine O'Quinn
Associate Professor
English
(828) 262-6894
Norma Riddle
University Archivist and Director of Records
University Archives and Records
(828) 262-7424
Timothy H. Silver
Professor
History
(828) 262-7730
Neva J. Specht
Associate Professor
History
(828) 262-6879
Bruce E. Stewart
Assistant Professor
History
(828) 262-7325
Gary L. Walker
Professor
Biology
(828) 262-2672
Jennifer Westerman
Assistant Professor
Sustainable Development
(828) 262-2493
Thomas R. Whyte
Associate Professor
Anthropology
(828) 262-2283
Wayne Williams
Professor of Recreation Management
Health, Leisure and Exercise Science
(828) 262-6335
Crystal Wilson
Lecturer
Geology
(828) 262-8466

Adjunct Music Faculty

Faculty/Staff Member Department Contact
Mark Freed
Lecturer
Appalachian Studies / Music
(828) 262-4087
Alex Hooker
Lecturer
Appalachian Studies
(828) 262-4089
Tim Stafford
Adjunct Instructor
Appalachian Studies
(828) 262-4089