UVA Wise Appalachian Fellows

Here in the heart of Appalachia, you will be changed by your experience at UVA Wise.

The faculty of UVA Wise have developed a curricular plan that will develop your understanding of the Appalachian region and its people.

What do Appalachian Fellows do?

  • Explore a wide variety of course topics and craft your readings and research in personalized directions.
  • Take advantage of numerous opportunities to take in the region and its culture outside of class.
  • Attend presentations by several speakers coming to campus and a number of regional trips planned to expose you to our region.

Events and opportunities

The College routinely offers lectures, field trips and other events to its students, but you should feel a responsibility to take in every event possible. These opportunities are largely unique to this region and our campus and will greatly contribute to your Appalachia-centric experience here.

How will being a Fellow impact my future?

Your year in Appalachia will expose you to the region and its people, but beyond that, it will help you develop an understanding of poverty, regionalism and community. We want your experience here to color how you view the great human challenges that surround us all. Our only hope to change the world is to understand it.

We hope that you carry your memories and experiences here in Appalachia with you for the rest of your life and you remember this region as one of merit and value rather than falling prey to the dismissiveness and derision that seems to dominate popular culture depictions of our rural area. It is our belief that your time here will cultivate in you an ambassadorial sense in regard to the challenges the people of our area face.

Learn More at the Center for Appalachian Studies
Discover all that Appalachia has to offer you as a student at UVA Wise.

Appalachian Fellows Advisory Committee

Amy D. Clark

Amy D.

Professor of Communication and Appalachian Studies