Methodological Resources

The FrameWorks Institute
“The mission of the FrameWorks Institute is to advance the nonprofit sector’s communications capacity by identifying, translating and modeling relevant scholarly research for framing the public discourse about social problems.”

FrameWorks Resources for Sewanee Faculty

The Community Toolbox

“The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. Our mission is to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources.”

Fundamentals of Qualitative Research Methods

Dr. Leslie Curry, Senior Research Scientist at Yale’s School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholars Program leads us through six modules covering essential topics in qualitative research, including what is qualitative research and how to use the most common methods, in-depth interviews and focus groups.


On Appalachia

Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. Website is home to much useful information including data on key demographic, economic, health, education, and other quality of life factors.

The Appalachian Studies Association
The Appalachian Studies Association was formed in 1977 by a group of scholars, teachers, and regional activists who believed that shared community has been and will continue to be important to those writing, researching, and teaching about Appalachia.

The Appalachia Community Data Portal
The Appalachia Community Data Portal contains accurate, timely information about the demographics, education, income, and health of the Appalachian region. The data come from a variety of sources, including the American Community Survey, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Inside Appalachia – A West Virginia Public Broadcasting Weekly Series
A weekly series that tells stories of those living in Appalachia and how they live today, exploring the rich history, food, music, and culture of the region.

Keep Your Eye Upon the Scale
Keep Your Eye upon the Scale is a documentary collaboratively produced by Tom Hansell, Patricia Beaver, and Angela Wiley. This short video features previously unpublished footage recorded by Helen Lewis, John Gaventa, and Richard Greatrex as part of their project to document the cultures of Appalachian and Welsh mining communities in the 1970s. Featured performers include Appalachians Rich Kirby and The Strange Creek Singers, as well as Welsh male choir Cor Meibion Onllwyn. – See more at:

Southern Spaces
An interdisciplinary journal about regions, places, and cultures of the US South and their global connections

Appalachian Voices
Appalachian Voices is an award-winning, environmental non-profit committed to protecting the land, air and water of the central and southern Appalachian region, focusing on reducing coal’s impact on the region and advancing our vision for a cleaner energy future

Digital Library of Appalachia
The Digital Library of Appalachia provides online access to archival and historical materials related to the culture of the southern and central Appalachian region. The contents of the DLA are drawn from special collections of Appalachian College Association member libraries.

The Revivalist: Word from the Appalachian South
A blog on all things Appalachian, including music, food, art and literature, history and culture and outdoor travel.


Place, Public Scholarship, and Higher Education

Why Place Matters

The Loss of the University

Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts College

A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future

Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education


Some Related Initiatives at Other Institutions

Duke’s Humanities Writ Large Initiative
“Humanities Writ Large is a five-year initiative aimed at redefining the role of the humanities in undergraduate education. We recognize the need for citizens and leaders to be able to obtain knowledge, to analyze it, and to think and act collaboratively in innovative ways to address growing interdisciplinary and global challenges.  The humanities are vital to providing the training and skills necessary to understand cultural similarities and differences, to sift through the daily fire hose of incoming information, and to make the imaginative leaps in research, scholarship, business, and policy to address the very many complex issues arising around us in our global world.”

Yale’s Franke Program in Science and Humanities
“The Franke Program in Science and the Humanities is a new initiative at Yale that aims to foster communication, mutual understanding, collaborative research and teaching among diverse scientific and humanistic disciplines.”

The University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
“The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago is an ambitious initiative launched by the Division of the Humanities and the Division of the Social Sciences designed to expand the boundaries of humanistic inquiry and focus resources on questions that transcend any single individual, discipline, or methodology. The Neubauer Collegium supports innovative collaborative research projects of University of Chicago faculty, while pioneering efforts to engage a wider public in humanistic scholarship.”

The New School’s Center for Public Scholarship
“The Center for Public Scholarship seeks to promote free inquiry and public discussion, bringing the best scholarship in and outside of the academy to bear on the critical and contested issues of our times.”

The University of Washington’s Simpson Center for the Humanities Public Scholarship Program
“The Simpson Center is committed to advancing scholarship as a publicly engaged practice, a field often referred to as the public humanities. Public scholarship promotes mutually-beneficial partnerships between higher education and organizations in the public and private sectors and provides pathways for scholars to share their academic work with broader public audiences.”

Imagining America
“A consortium of universities and organizations dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of humanities, arts, and design.”