Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP)

  • ATP engages students and regional citizens in posing answers to the question, “How can we build a sustainable future for Appalachian communities?” Its overarching educational goal is to teach students and communities about the work of the Appalachian Regional Commission, its state and local partners, and the goals of the commission’s strategic plan.

    ATP 2014-2015: Community Gardens and Food Education in Indiana, Pa.  

    Dr. Poole’s Cultural Ecology class partnered with the Indiana Community Garden to create educational resources that support their efforts to be a hub for community development and educate people about food justice and sustainability. 

    ATP 2013–14: Community Development through Digital Ethnography in Indiana, Pa.

    Dr. Poole’s Applied Anthropology class partnered with the Community Development Committee of the Indiana Borough Council to create a wayfinding tour of our community that introduces students to places of local social significance and regional heritage.  

    ATP 2012–13: Supporting Grassroots Sustainability Efforts in Indiana, Pa.

    Dr. Poole’s Cultural Ecology class partnered with the Coalition for a Healthy County to assist them in conducting a strategic visioning project based on member’s feedback on sustainability challenges and opportunities: 
    Part 1: What is the Coalition for a Healthy County? 
    Part 2: CHC Sustainable Indiana: What About Sustainability? 
    Part 3: CHC Sustainable Indiana: What Are Barriers to Sustainability?
    Part 4: CHC Sustainable Indiana: Where Do We Go From Here? 

    ATP 2010–11: Organizing IUP Marcellus Shale Week: A Community and University Symposium. 

    Dr. Dougherty’s class organized and participated in a symposium on the impact of the Marcellus Shale industry on the region and assisted in the design and logistics of the program. This symposium explored the historical, social, environmental, legal, political, and health issues related to gas extraction.

    ATP 2009: Organizing G20 Peoples Summit Week: The Impact of Over 30 Years of Globalization and Neoliberalism on the Northern Appalachian Region

    Dr. Dougherty’s class organized a symposium that served as an arena for discussing community needs and developed relationships with those who are addressing global problems on a state and local level. The project also served both the IUP Center for Northern Appalachian Studies and the ATP, thereby increasing their collective visibility within the university and Northern Appalachia as a whole.