The mission of the Appalachian Studies Association is to promote and engage dialogue, research, scholarship, education, creative expression, and action among scholars, educators, practitioners, grassroots activists, students, individuals, groups and institutions. Our mission is driven by our commitment to foster quality of life, democratic participation and appreciation of Appalachian experiences regionally, nationally and internationally.
Joining the ASA is simply a matter of mailing a check along with contact information. Membership runs from Jan.1st through Dec. 31st. Annual membership includes conference information as well as subscriptions to the Journal of Appalachian Studies and Appalink, the ASA newsletter. Please refer to the chart below for membership rates.
|Non-Conference ASA Membership||$ 80.00|
|Conference Registration and ASA Membership||$130.00|
|Late Conference Registration** and ASA Membership||$155.00|
|Non-Conference ASA Membership||$ 60.00|
|Conference Registration and ASA Membership||$ 80.00|
|Late Conference Registration** and ASA Membership||$105.00|
* For Student Rates, please enclose proof of enrollment from post-secondary institution.
** Late Registration Fees apply after March 1, 2013
To join, please mail a check payable to the Appalachian Studies Association along with your name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail to:
Appalachian Studies AssociationPhone: 304-696-2904
Mary Thomas, Executive Director
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
The Appalachian Studies Association office is located at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.
>> Click here to download Bylaws [PDF 64K]
>> ASA Plan for Action 2008-2013 [PDF 256K]
>> Long Range Plan (2008-2013) [PDF 1.3M]
>> Long Range Plan Update (May 2011) [doc 24K]
Any member of the ASA may submit a written suggestion for making a change to the bylaws including a description of the change and an explanation for the change. The Steering Committee will then discuss the suggestion. If approved by the Steering Committee, the change will be included in the ASA newsletter. The change will then be voted on either at the conference or by mail, and must be approved by two-thirds of the membership voting to become an amendment to the bylaws. (Adapted from Article XVI of ASA Bylaws).
Each year at the Appalachian Studies Conference, the Association confers 7 awards for community service and documentaries, websites, books, and papers about Appalachia. Click here to download a description of each award, details about the nomination or submission process, and the deadlines for the 2012 Conference in Richmond.
The ASA devises and distributes resolutions regarding ongoing issues outside of the association. Below is a description of and link to each ASA resolution in PDF format.
Don West Homeplace Letter of Support [PDF 8K]
The Mountaintop Removal Resolution [PDF 12K] passed at an ASA Business Meeting on 20 March 1999, requests that Mountain Top Removal and Fill-In of Valleys in the Appalachian region be stopped immediately.
The Radford University Resolution [PDF 16K] an address made by former ASA President Carol Baugh, was given to the Radford University Appalachian Studies Department in March of 2008. This resolution expresses support for the RU Appalachian Studies Dept.in light of the University’s efforts to downsize its Appalachian Studies program.
The KCTCS Tenure Resolution [PDF 16K] passed by the ASA Steering Committee on 29 March 2009, requests that the KCTCS Board of Regents reinstitute tenure as an option for new employees.
The Memorandum of Understanding [PDF 72K] an agreement between the ASA and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), was entered into on 23 July 2009 for the purpose of “seek[ing] opportunities to collaborate in activities and take actions to benefit the Appalachian people, their region, and their communities.”
The Letter of Protest [PDF 8K] was written by former ASA President Gordon McKinney in February 2003, in response to CBS wanting to air a show called “The Real Beverly Hillbillies,” a series which the ASA felt would exploit people in the Appalachian region.
The Resolution in Support of ARC's Use of Funds [PDF 12K] was printed in issue 3.1 of Appalink in May 1979. It applauds the efforts of the Appalachian Regional Commission to use funding for the support of local grassroots organizations.