Martha G. (Marti) Eads, an associate professor of English at EMU, is among 25 teachers selected to attend the second National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute for College and University Teachers, June 3-29, at Ferrum (VA) College.
The Institute will examine Appalachian issues that link regional study to the liberal arts. Dr. Eads will participate with others representing many regions of the country, not just Appalachia. Each participant will receive a stipend to assist with their study at Ferrum.
The Institute will feature nationally-known authors Robert Morgan, Lee Smith, Altina Waller, Crandall Shifflett and Anita Puckett, whose fiction and research focuses on Appalachia. The program then shifts to Caretta, W.Va., where institute scholars will do community-centered projects such as interviewing coalminers, reproducing and displaying community photos or constructing a website for the local community action center.
Eads, who joined the language and literature department faculty in 2003, earned a B.A. degree in English and an M.A. degree in religion from Wake Forest University, then went on to complete M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts school affiliated with the United Methodist Church.