Ron Roach is Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, and Chair/Professor
of the Department of Appalachian Studies. 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.