Faculty & Staff


Roberta T. Herrin, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Appalachian Studies and Services
Professor, Department of Appalachian Studies
Telephone:   423-439-7997

Co-Director and Executive Aide

Ruth Hausman
Telephone:    423-439-7865


Tom Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of History

Dr. Lee is the director of the Public History Program at ETSU. The author of The Tennessee-Virginia Tri-Cities: Urbanization in Appalachia, 1900-1950, Dr. Lee is teaching the Tennessee history course for the 2012 Governor's School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage.

Justin Sanders



Justin D Sanders, B.Arch.
Preservation Field Services Representative
Heritage Alliance and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Telephone:   423-753-9580


Justin Sanders is a 2007 graduate of Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies with a degree in Architecture. He specializes in architectural history, preservation technology, urban planning, and public policy. Mr. Sanders is entering his third year as a Governor's School instructor and utilizes his volunteer background in student affairs and community service to create a fun and informative environment through the field experience.



Laura Smith
Education & Outreach Archivist
Archives of Appalachia
Telephone: 423-439-6990



Laura Smith is the Education & Outreach Archivist at ETSU's Archives of Appalachia. Laura received a B.A. in United States History and a B.A. in Film Studies from The Ohio State University in 2010. She completed her M.L.S. degree with a specialization in Archives and Records Management and her M.A. degree in History from Indiana University in 2011. Her professional interests include archival education, community outreach, and collection management. She is the Governor's School instructor for fieldwork in the Archives.



Spenser Brenner
Appalachia CARES/ AmeriCORPS
Reece Museum
Website:  www.spenserbrenner.weebly.com
Telephone:  423-439-4392

Spenser Brenner is a Service-Learning Facilitator for AmeriCORPS and works as the Education Coordinator for the Reece Museum on the Campus of ETSU. He earned his Associate's Degree in general education from Southwest Virginia Community College in 2010 and his Bachelors of Fine Arts from East Tennessee State University in May of 2013. Spenser also works as an artist out of various studios and as a graphic designer for local musicians.

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