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Appalachian Teaching Project

Students participate in the Appalachian Teaching Project

Tackle a Community Development Project for an Appalachian Community

The Appalachian Teaching Project is a multi-state research training program dedicated to helping college students design community-based economic development initiatives throughout Appalachia.

OHIO students can participate by enrolling in a for-credit academic course—SOC 3090C and/or HLTH 2230—where they will engage with local communities. Students work with local community leaders to design and lead projects to address regional challenges.

This opportunity is grant-funded, and the scope of the overall experience is subject to change each year.

Sai Jones presents Addressing Issues of Transportation in Greater Appalachia

Little Cities of Black Diamonds

Coal—also known as black diamonds—used to power the economies of little cities across Appalachia. Now those small towns are looking to their history, culture and environment for solutions to a thriving future and quality of life.

Students in Dr. Rachel Terman’s Sociology of Appalachia class (SOC 3090C) get to visit local communities, work with community leaders, and design and lead projects that benefit Appalachian communities. Students also can enroll in Dr. Tiffany Arnold’s Introduction to Appalachian Studies class (HLTH 2230).

Students also are eligible to apply to become an OHIO Appalachian Teaching Project Representative and travel to Washington, D.C., to present their work, and students selected as representatives are then also eligible to apply for an Appalachian Teaching Project Fellowship to work directly for the ARC in Washington, D.C.




Academic Credit

Yes, available to current students enrolled in SOC 3090C and/or HLTH 2230.

Cost & Scholarship Availability

Class participation is included in tuition. For students representatives, travel and event registration are required and student support funds are available.

More Information

Contact Dr. Rachel Terman,, or Tiffany Arnold,


"I became familiar with the struggles of healthcare in Appalachia after discovering there is only one hospital in the county. I grew up outside Philadelphia where there are countless hospitals. So, that aspect and understanding issues like the opioid crisis really interested me."

-- Paige Miller, Specialized Studies major with a focus in journalism and history

Paige Miller