Economist Vick and Anthropologist Poole Team Up to Win Appalachian Teaching Project Grant

Posted on 8/24/2015 8:08:58 AM

The Appalachian Regional Commission, a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local governments, has invested over $1,000,000 toward developing the leadership capacity of students since 2001.

This Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) requires that participating universities partner with a local community partner and develop a community-based research project affiliated with the credit-bearing course. Brandon Vick and Amanda Poole, both members of the IUP Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, teamed up to propose an ATP project and were awarded a $4,500 grant in July.

Students from Vick’s Global Poverty class (ECON 481) will team with students from Poole’s Applied Anthropology class (ANTH 369) and work with the locally based Center for Community Growth to meet three goals: conduct quantitative research on the economic decisions and hardships of families in the region; conduct qualitative research on the experiences of people facing hardship due to expenses, debt burdens, and/or barriers to gaining/keeping employment; and communicate findings to help the Center in its mission to educate people about local barriers to economic justice.

ATP funds will be used to take students to present their project and findings at the ATP conferences in Washington, D.C. in December 2015, as well as the Appalachian Studies Conference in West Virginia in March 2016.

Department of Economics