A visiting assistant professor of Environmental Studies of Sewanee: The University of the South, Daniel Carter is building a new course that will introduce students to organizations, institutions, and community leaders primarily responsible for economic and community development in communities of the southern Cumberland Plateau. The goal of the course is to develop local and regional dialogue’s of what the term “community development” means as communities in the historic and scenic Cumberland Plateau transition from natural resource-based economies.

Students will explore multiple cultural, historical, and political narratives that define the people and places of the region and the many faces of rural community leadership. The course will explore the literature on community development and asset mapping. It will include a community engagement component in partnership with local communities applying asset-mapping tools. The student projects will align with efforts of the Southeast Tennessee Development District and Thrive 2055, regional organizations with the goal of building strong and resilient communities. http://www.regionalcompass.com/