Assistant Professor of Instruction Dr. Tiffany Arnold is currently teaching IHS 2230: Introduction to Appalachian Studies. This course provides an introduction to the Appalachian region, including historical, cultural and contemporary context and issues experienced by those who live in the region, and an examination of stereotypes associated with Appalachia. Learn more about Dr. Arnold below.
What are your contributions to IHS, in terms of programmatic, courses, and overall expertise?
I think the biggest contribution is the IHS 2230: Introduction to Appalachian Studies course that I created and have taught every semester. It is part of the Appalachian Studies certificate program and is a Tier II Cross Cultural Perspective. I have also created IHS 5220: Graduate Seminar in Appalachian Studies that has been taught once and have taught IHS 3700J. I am currently the only full-time designated Appalachian Studies faculty member at Ohio University.
How does your past of current professional life impact the way you teach IHS courses and vice versa?
I am from Appalachian Ohio and spent over 15 years working with federal trio programs that assist in helping low-income, first generation college students into and through college. I think that my personal and professional life has taught me to always treat every person as an individual and to try to meet people where they are. Teaching a wide variety of students in my course has taught me that I can't assume that anyone has any level of background knowledge on this region and that teaching them about the region is my opportunity to reverse the negative images that most people have of Appalachia.
What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
I spend a lot of time taking my two boys who are 11 and 13 to their various activities, I also like to garden, read, and spend time with my animals. We currently have seven rabbits, six chickens, two dogs, and a dwarf hamster.
What are some words of wisdom you would like to share with the students?
Reach out to your professors, develop a relationship with them even if it is just through email. It makes a big difference in how we work with you if we know who you are as a person.