Appalachian Teaching Project

Since 2001, over 2,350 students from 22 colleges and universities across Appalachia have participated in the Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP). Administered by East Tennessee State University, ATP is an applied research training program for Appalachian college students to support economic development initiatives for their communities. As part of ATP, students are enrolled in a for-credit academic course to design and lead research projects in Appalachian communities to address regional challenges.

As a finale for the coursework, students and their faculty sponsors travel to Washington, D.C., to present their work to other student delegations, ARC leadership, and community leaders at the Appalachian Teaching Project Capstone Symposium.

ATP Class of 2021

ARC is proud to announce the 17 colleges and universities throughout the Region that have been selected to participate in the Appalachian Teaching Project.
Appalachian Teaching Project participants
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20 Years of ATP

East Tennessee State University’s Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and Services recently completed 20 years of coordinating the Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP), an annual ARC program in which students work with a local community to address a critical need that affects the community’s long-term economic development.

Appalachian Teaching Project Fellowship

The Appalachian Teaching Project Fellowship invites any recent ATP student alumni to apply for a summer professional development opportunity with ARC. ATP Fellows will work directly with ARC staff to research and analyze ARC investments in Appalachia.

ATP Alumni

Since 2001, the Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) has engaged with thousands of students across Appalachia, who design community-based economic development initiatives based on community needs and faculty guidance.  If you have participated in ATP, please register for the alumni database.

ATP: Alumni Survey Report

Each year participating ATP students engage in research projects in Appalachian communities that address endemic problems in the Region. According to these survey results, 65% of alumni still live in the Appalachian Region and credit ATP with influencing their decision to stay and 60% believe their participation in ATP impacted their career choice.

ATP Presentations