About the Center

Mission: The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center contributes to the land grant mission of the University by fostering community-university partnerships in research, learning and engagement in Appalachia, a region faced with unique opportunities and challenges toward sustainable development in a globalized context. 


Chris Barton, UK Appalachian Center Director (barton@uky.edu)

Shaunna Scott, Director of Appalachian Studies (shaunna.scott@uky.edu)

Shane Barton, Assistant Director (shane.barton@uky.edu

Erin Norton Miller, Department Manager (erin.norton.miller@uky.edu)

We are located on the UK campus at 624 Maxwelton Court (across from the UK Law School) and our phone number is 859-257-4852.

Appalachian Studies: The Appalachian Studies Program, like the Appalachian Center, has an active 35-year history at the University of Kentucky.  It is an interdisciplinary program based in the College of Arts and Sciences with participation by faculty and studies from across the colleges at UK.  Please see the drop-down tabs under Appalachian Studies for a list of current faculty and upcoming courses.

Graduate Appalachian Research Community (GARC): The Graduate Appalachian Research Community is a very active graduate student research network. GARC will be hosting a student conference in the spring, and a lecturer this fall. For more information, contact Kathryn Engle at kathryn.engle@uky.edu.

UK Tomorrow Corps: The UK Tomorrow Corps is an opportunity for students, Campus-wide to work and serve in Appalachia. This program will provide summer employment and support for UK students who will work to tutor K-12 students in the region and with food security initiatives and projects. Please follow this link to the UK Tomorrow Corps Application. The current deadline to apply is November 15, 2014. More information about the program and instructions for the application process are found on the link to the application.

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