DirectorCenter for Appalachian Studies and ServicesRon Roach is Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Chair and Professor of Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University. A native of North Carolina, he is from a family with deep roots in the mountains and music of Virginia and North Carolina. Prior to joining the ETSU faculty in 2013, Ron served twelve years at Young Harris College in the north Georgia mountains, where he was Professor of Communication Studies and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In September 2013, he was one of several scholars who represented the Appalachian region at the inaugural Carpathian-Appalachian International Conference on Human and Community Development in Highland Regions, held in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Ron studies the rhetoric of Appalachia as manifested through literature, music, and speech and has recently written articles about early bluegrass festivals and the work of Appalachian writer Alexander Key.
Co-Director -Exec AideCenter for Appalachian Studies and Services
Melanie Storie is a two-time graduate from East Tennessee State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in history with certification in secondary education in 1991. Then in 1994 she graduated with a Master of Arts degree in history. She developed some of the first online U.S. History courses for the department and continues to teach both online and face-to-face classes.
While she enjoys researching, writing, and teaching about many historical topics, her main research interest centers on 19th century U.S. History with special emphasis on the American Civil War.
Assistant ProfessorBluegrass, Old Time, & Country Music Studies
Nate Olson is a musician, educator, author, and fiddler who hails from the Western US. He holds a doctorate in music education from Columbia University, and his dissertation examines fiddle and folk music in higher education.
Before beginning his doctorate, he was the assistant director of the Folk Music Program at Brigham Young University teaching fiddle, as well as Bluegrass, Irish, Klezmer , and various other ensembles. His students performed extensively in the South Pacific, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Associate ProfessorCollege of Public HealthDoctor of Education, Health Education, University of Tennessee. Major: Health Education, collateral studies Exercise Science. (May 2001)
Master of Public Health, East Tennessee State University. Concentration: Industrial Health Education. (May 1990)
Bachelor of Science, East Tennessee State University. Majors: Physical Education and Psychology. Minor: Health Education. Met class requirements for K-12 teaching certification. (May 1987)
Assistant ProfessorAppalachian Studies
Rebecca Adkins Fletcher is a medical and cultural anthropologist, earning her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Appalachian Studies, where she is also Assistant Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services. Her work engages the intersections of health disparities, access to health care, economic transformation, gender, and activism in Appalachia.
PreparatorNatural History Museum
As Preparator at Gray Fossil Site he manages the Prep Lab and a large team of dedicated volunteers. In addition to training volunteers and arranging their projects, he prepares the more difficult or higher priority specimens.
Shawn also works on making molds and casts for research or exhibition. Aside from his work indoors he occasionally leads a team of volunteers working outside in the fossil excavation pits. As of this upcoming January Shawn will have worked at the Gray Site for 10 years.
Education/Outreach ArchivistArchives of Appalachia
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.