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                           MELINDA BOLLAR WAGNER

 

                             AUGUST 2008

 

EDUCATION:      University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

                Ph.D., 1977 (Anthropology)

                  Dissertation:  Metaphysics in Midwestern America:

                   Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship

 

                  Fellowships:  Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies

                                Fellowship 1971-72, 1972-73, 1975-76

 

                                Rackham Dissertation Research Grant 1974-75

 

                Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

                B.A. with Distinction, with honors in Social Science, 1970

                (Sociology major, Anthropology minor)

                  Honors Thesis:  Divination:  A Cross-Cultural Test of an

                   Hypothesis

 

                  Awards and

                  Scholarships:  President's Academic Award for 1968, 1969,

                                 1970

 

                                 HSSE Social Science Honors Program

 

                                 Delta Rho Kappa Honor Society for

                                  Humanities and Science

 

                                 Hoosier Scholarship 1966-1970

 

                                 President's Scholarship 1967-1968

 

                                 Mortar Board Scholarship 1968-1970

 

 

PROFESSIONAL

  EXPERIENCE:   Department of Sociology and Anthropology

                Radford University

                Radford, Virginia

 

                 Professor of Anthropology, 1989-Present

                 Associate Professor of Anthropology, 1983-1989

                 Assistant Professor of Anthropology, 1977-1983

 

                 Chairperson, Appalachian Studies Program, 1979-1982

                 Associate Chairperson, Appalachian Studies Program, 1983-

                  Present


                Project Director, "Ideologies and Institutions," a

                study of Christian schools (K-12) funded by the National

                Science Foundation (BNS 8520070, $46,441),

                The Radford Foundation, and the

                Radford University Faculty Development Leave Program,

                1986-1987

 

                Department of Anthropology

                University of Michigan

                Ann Arbor, Michigan

                 Lecturer in Anthropology, 1973

 

                Institute for Social Research

                University of Michigan

                 Research Assistant, 1973-1976

 

                Institute for the Study of Mental Retardation and Related

                 Disabilities

                University of Michigan

                 Research Assistant, 1971-1972

 

                Human Relations Area Files

                Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library

                University of Michigan

                 Guide and Filing Secretary, 1971, 1973

 

                Department of Psychology

                University of Michigan

                 Secretary, 1971

 

                Human Performance Center

                Department of Psychology

                University of Michigan

                 Senior Secretary and Subject Pool Secretary, 1970

 

                Dr. Martin Patchen

                Department of Sociology

                Purdue University

                West Lafayette, Indiana

                 Professor's Assistant, 1969

 

     HONORS:     Radford University Foundation Award for Excellence in

                  Teaching, May 1986

 

                 Radford University nominee for Commonwealth of Virginia

                  Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Awards

                  Program, 1987, 1988, 1992, 2001

 

                 Virginia Social Science Scholar in Anthropology Award,

                  1988

 

                 College of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished

                  Teaching, 1993-1994

 

                Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary, initiated 4/19/98

 

Author of the Month, Radford University Bookstore, October 1998

 

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2000 (nominated ~4 times)

 

Guest Lecturer, University of Tennessee Anthropology Department Visiting Lecturer Series, September 26-27, 2000

 

Keynote speaker, Small Membership Congregations Conference, November 20, 2000.

 

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Distinguished Faculty Achievement Certificate, 2001

 

Featured in Radford University 2001-2002 Annual Report, one of three faculty members from the College of Arts & Sciences featured
 
Radford University Programming Excellence Award 2003-2004 to the Appalachian Events Committee, April 2004 (Faculty Advisor)

 

Alpha Lambda Delta, Freshman Honorary, inducted Spring 2004 (members vote for one or two professors to honor each year)
 

                  President, Appalachian Studies Association, 2004-2005

 

                  Radford University Department of Sociology and Anthropology                           established Melinda Bollar Wagner scholarship, 2008

 

 

 

CONTRIBUTIONS

       TO THE

   UNIVERSITY:  Courses Taught:

                 Cultural Anthropology

                 Physical Anthropology

                 Practicing Ethnographic Research Methods

                 Appalachian Cultures

                 Appalachian Studies Seminar

                 North American Indian Cultures

                 Cultural Variations in Personality

                 Anthropology of Religion

                 Experiencing Cultural Diversity

                     Practicum in Anthropology

                 Minority Groups

                 Introduction to Sociology

 

                Course Load:

                 Quarter system: 4 sections/quarter, 6 preparations/year,

                 1977-1984

                 Semester system:  4 sections/semester, 5-6 preparations/

                 year, 1985-Present

 

                Founder and Coordinator Anthropology Curriculum for the

                Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 1977 - Present

 

                Vice Chairperson, Department Personnel Committee, 1978 -                      1981, 1983 - 1986, 1988 - 1994

 

                Chairperson, Department Promotion to Full Professor

                Committee, 1993 - 1994

 

                Co-Chairperson, Department Personnel Committee, 1994 - 1995

 

                Founding Chairperson, Appalachian Studies Program, 1979 -

                1982

 

                Associate Chairperson, Appalachian Studies Program, 1982 -                      Present

 

                Chairperson, Appalachian Events Committee, 1982 - 1984

                 Sponsor 5 - 6 events each year, with a budget of $12,000 -                          $25,000 from the Student Activities Budget Committee

 

                Treasurer/Budget Coordinator, Appalachian Events Committee,

                1983 - 1986, 1988 - Present

 

                Faculty Advisor, Appalachian Events Committee, 1988 -                      Present

 

   Faculty Advisor, RU Cloggers (Clogging Dance Team), 1998 -

     2000

 

   Co-ordinator, Student Enrollment in Field Schools in             Archaeology, 1977 -1983

 

               Sponsor, Sociology/Anthropology Club, 1980 - 1982

 

                Member, Vice-President's Ad Hoc Committee to Review Grant

                Proposals, 1982

 

                Consultant to Library staff on Human Relations Area Files,

                1982 - Present

 

                Member, Southern Accreditation Self-Study Committee on

                Research, 1983

 

                Member, School of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee,

                1984 - 1986

 

   Coordinator of visit to campus by Dr. Vernie Davis with regard to "Culture, Perception and Communication," and "Ethnographic Tools for Intercultural Understanding," co-sponsored by Intercultural Communications Center, Department of Sociology  and Anthropology, and Special Projects Committee, Fall 1985

 

                Member, Graduate Committee, Pamela Spiggle (Education),

                Spring 1986

 

                Member, Graduate Committee, Jean Reed (English), Spring

                1986

 

                Member, Writing Across Curriculum Task Force on WAC Grant,

                Pipestem, West Virginia, May 11-15, 1986

 

                College of Arts and Sciences Representative to the Faculty

                Professional Development Leave Committee, 1988 - 1989, 1991

                - 1992

 

                Member, Committee on International Studies, 1988 - 1989

 

                Consultant to University Planning Advisory Committee,

                Spring 1990

 

                Writing Across Curriculum Off-Campus Weekend Retreats

                Coordinator, 1990 - 1993

 

                Member, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

                (SACS) Study Committee on Faculty, 1991 - 1992

 

                Aide to Coordinator, Proposal for Anthropology B.A./B.S.

                degree to State Council of Higher Education of Virginia,

                1991-1993

               

                Member, Task Force on College Mission and Goals

                (appointed), 1991

       

                College Representative to Faculty Professional Development

                Leave Committee (elected), 1991-1992

 

  Sponsor, annual presentations at the Radford University
  Undergraduate Forum, 1992 - Present

 

                Member, Graduate Committee for Christi Leftwich (English

                Department), 1991-1992

       

                Member, Graduate Committee for Phil Leonard (English

                Department), 1991-92

       

                Member, SACS Committee on Faculty, 1991-1993

 

                Ad Hoc Committee for Research Policy (appointed), Fall 1991

 

                Ad Hoc Committee for Indirect Costs Policy (appointed), 1992

 

                Acting Chair, Appalachian Studies Program, Fall 1993

       

                Communication with Board of Visitors Committee, Spring 1994

 

                General Education Council Subcommittee on Student

                Assessment, Spring 1994 - Present

 

                Department Equipment Acquisition Committee, Fall 1994

 

  College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award
  Committee, 1995 - 1999     

 

  College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan Assessment
  Committee, Fall 1995            

 

                   Radford University Foundation Robert Glen Toney Scholarship

                   in Appalachian Studies Selection Committee, Spring 1997

 

                Chair, Department Strategic Planning Committee, 1997-98

 

                Program Review for Anthropology, 1998 - 2000

 

   Department Curriculum Committee, ? - Present

 

  Ad Hoc Committee to Research Software and Equipment for
  Teaching Ethnographic Research Methods (with Mary LaLone),
  Spring 1999-Present

 

  Chair, Search Committee for Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology    (7 sections), Fall 1999

 

  Chair, Search Committee for Full-time Temporary Assistant
  Professor in Anthropology 2000-2001, Spring 2000
 
  Anthropology Program Restructuring Committee, 2002-2003
 
  Chair, Search Committee for Department Chair, 2005-2006
 
  Search Committee for Three Faculty Positions, 2005-2006
 
  Coordinator, Anthropology Program Review, 2004-2006
 
  Search Committee for Two Anthropology Faculty Positions,
   2006-2007
 
  Search Committee for Two Sociology Faculty Positions, 2007-
   2008

 

Lectures and Workshops at Other Institutions and in Community:

 

"North American Indians," and "What does an Anthropologist Do?", Belle Heth

School, October 1977.

 

"North American Indians," Belmont Community Cub Scouts, November 1977.

 

"Trigg Site Artifacts," Belmont Community Cub Scouts (at Radford

University), November 1978.

 

"Human Evolution:  Some New Thoughts on Old Bones" (slide/lecture),

Archaeological Society of Virginia, Wolf Hills Chapter, Abingdon, Virginia,

October 15, 1978.

 

"North American Indians:  The First Americans" (slide/lecture), Daughters

of the American Revolution, Alleghany Chapter, Blacksburg, Virginia, March

4, 1982.

 

"Appalachian Cultures," Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, March

28, 1983.

 

Academic Saturday Seminars:  Anthropology Workshop, Montgomery County

Gifted and Talented Program of the Montgomery County Public Schools,

Christiansburg Elementary School, April 7, April 14 (with students Laura

Binder, Thelma Peck, Bobbi Willis), April 28, 1984.

 

"Writing about Local Cultures" (with students Thelma Peck and Bobbi

Willis), Southwest Virginia Writers' Project Summer Institute, Tazewell,

Virginia, June 14, 1984.

 

"Modernization of the Appalachian Man," The Baptist General Association of

Virginia Appalachian Awareness Conference, Claypool Hill, VA, July 12-13,

1984.

 

"New Religions Among Middle-Class Americans," Northside Presbyterian

Church, Blacksburg, VA, January 20, 1985.

 

Commentary and Discussion on the Snake-handling Churches of Appalachia,

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Blacksburg, VA, February 9, 1985.

 

"Appalachian Religion," Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Blacksburg, VA,

February 10, 1985.

 

"Metaphysical Religious Groups in Midwestern America,"  Unitarian

Universalist Fellowship, Blacksburg, VA, February 9, 1986.

 

"Metaphysics in Midwestern America," Sociology 350, Sociology of Religion,

Department of Sociology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State

University, Blacksburg, VA, March 6, 1986.

 

"Native Americans," American Studies Pilot Project, Montgomery County Public Schools Programs for the Gifted, Shawsville and Auburn High Schools,

Montgomery County, Virginia, September 23, 1988, (with C. Clifford Boyd).

 

"Native Americans Yesterday and Today," Second Period Social Studies,

Eighth Grade, Dalton Intermediate School, March 29, 1994

 

Floyd County High School Career Awareness Day, "About Anthropology," May 4, 1995.

 

Floyd County Gifted and Talented Program, "Workshop on Cultural Anthropology and Writing," Sixth Graders from all Floyd County Elementary Schools, May 12, 1995.

 

"Between Blue Mountains," Craig County Historical Society and Citizens to    Preserve Craig County, New Castle, Virginia, April 22, 1996 (with students Meredith Burk, Neil Epperly, Shawn Harrison, Sam Linkous, Christy Landreth, Angela Vaughan, David Wooldridge).

 

"Anthropology in College," Johns Hopkins University Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth College Colloquium, Virginia Tech, Saturday October, 1996.

 

"Anthropological Methods and the Anthropology of Religion," Humanities 4414 Contemporary Issues in Appalachian Religion, Virginia Tech, March 3, 1998.

 

"Ethnography and Applied Anthropology at Radford University:  Application to Cultural Attachment to Land," Wythe County Board of Supervisors Meeting, October 12, 1999.

 

Workshop Leader, "Workshop for Interview Coordinators for Cultural Attachment to Land Project," Bland and Wythe Counties, Bland County Library, Bland, VA, October 26, 1999.

 

University of Tennessee Anthropology Department Visiting Lecture Series:

"The Collective Self in Appalachia and Cross-Culturally", September 26, 2000, for undergraduate students, faculty, and the public;

"Measuring Cultural Attachment to Land," September 27, 2000, for graduate students, faculty, and the public.  Honorarium $200 plus $165.47 expenses.

 

Keynote speaker for second day of three day conference, Small Membership Congregations Conference, Presented by the Ecumenical Planning Group in Southwest Virginia, Hungry Mother State Park, November 20-22, 2000:

"The Ministry of the Church and the Culture of the Mountain Empire." 

Honorarium $500 + $50.56 expenses.

 

"Studying Cultural Attachment to Land: Methods and Discussion," Tropical Ecology Class taught by Arthur L. Buikema, Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor of Biology,, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, March 2001.

 

"North American Indian Cultures," Read with a Child, Read Across America, a National Education Association Project, Indian Valley Elementary School, Floyd County, Virginia, March 2, 2001.

 

"Appalachian Cultures," including viewing of "Between Blue Mountains," student-created video/slide presentation, Floyd County Courthouse Chapter of the DAR, Roanoke, Virginia, March 5, 2002.

 

Workshop Leader, "Interviewing for Oral History for Community and Family," Floyd County Old Church Gallery and Museum and Floyd County Historical Society, Floyd County High School, Floyd, Virginia, March 19, 2002.

 

"Appalachian Cultures and Communication," Blacksburg Lion's Club, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 6, 2003.

 

“Memories of Migration [In and Out of Floyd County],” with students Jessica Baciu, Brittony Fitzgerald, Morgan Hawkins, Patricia Jacobs, and Kathy Murphy, Jesse Peterman Library (Floyd County Public Library), Floyd, Virginia, April 14, 2007.

 

“Direct and Indirect Communication Styles,” Fort Chiswell High School Appalachian Arts and Studies in the Schools (AASIS) Students and Teachers Visitation to the Farm at Selu, Radford University, Radford, Virginia, May 23, 2008

 

 

GRANTS

AND CONTRACTS:  Radford University Foundation Faculty Instructional

                 Development Grant:

                "Distribution of Student-Written Books:  The ABC's of

                Appalachia, a book for children, and Beyond the ABC's of

                Appalachia, an accompanying book for parents and teachers,"

                with students Laura Binder, Thelma Peck, Bobbi Willis,

                ($400), 1984-85

 

                Humanities Consultant, National Endowment for the

                Humanities Youth Project:

                "Awareness of Appalachian Heritage," Dr. Grace Toney

                Edwards, Project Director, 1985.

 

                Radford University Foundation Faculty Professional

                Development Grant:

                "Research on Ideologies and Institutions and Computer

                Management of Anthropological Data," ($1,250), 1985-86.

 

                National Science Foundation Grant:

                BNS 8520070, "Ideologies and Institutions," ($46,441),

                1986-87.

 

                Radford University Faculty Professional Development Leave,

                Fall 1987.

 

                Lilly Endowment and the Institute for the Study of American

                Evangelicals:

                "The Demise of Denominationalism and the Rise of Ecumenism

                within Educational Voluntary Associations," part of

                Evangelicals, Voluntary Associations and American Public

                Life Project, ($2500), 1989-1991.

 

                Radford University Foundation Faculty Instructional

                Development Grant:

                "Computer Software for Teaching Qualitative Methods and

                Sharing Research Data with Students," ($2800), 1989-1990.

 

                Radford University Foundation Faculty Professional and

                Instructional Development Grant:

                "Faculty and Students as Colleagues in the Study of

                Conservative Christianity and American Popular Culture,"

                ($1000), 1991-1992.

 

                Radford University Foundation Faculty Professional and

                Instructional Development Grant #92-17:

                Appalachian-Scottish Studies Program, University of

                Edinburgh, Scotland (Administered with the Center for

                Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State

                University) -- Study Tour in Scotland, July 17 - August 6,

                1993, joined with a private trip to Northern Ireland,

                August 7 - August 12, 1993. ($2000), Summer 1993.

 

                Academic Enrichment Program Discretionary Funds:

                to supplement undergraduate travel funds for Matt Laferty

                and Allison Sutherland to present papers at the Society for

                the Scientific Study of Religion meeting, Raleigh, North

                Carolina, ($90) October 29-31, 1993.

 

                Radford University Foundation Faculty Professional and

                Instructional Development Grant #93-20:

                to support Anthropology 421, Anthropology of Religion,

                Religion and Conflict Symposium, Spring 1994: two student

                projects and a public presentation by "The Family," a

                controversial religious group with headquarters in

                Washington, D.C., Spring 1994

 

                Radford University Foundation Faculty Professional and

                Instructional Development Grant #94-10:

                "Student Faculty Collaborative Research:  Cultural

                Attachment to Land in Craig County, Virginia," ($3386),

                1994

 

                Citizens to Preserve Craig County:

                to support the Cultural Attachment to Land in Craig County,

                Virginia Study, ($1500), Summer 1994

 

                Radford Foundation Grant Discretionary Fund 002, Center for

                Academic Enrichment ($315.16) for supplies for archiving

                the Craig County Cultural Attachment to Land Project

                interviews and analyses, Spring 1995

 

                Radford Foundation Grant Discretionary Fund 013, Center for

                Academic Enrichment ($425.00) (100 hours @$4.25) for

                student aid to archive Craig County Cultural Attachment to

                Land Project interviews and analyses, Spring 1995 - Summer

                1995

 

      V-QUEST Contract, ($5,305) to evaluate the effectiveness of

      the V-QUEST effort by collecting baseline data via

      ethnographic interviews with science and mathematics teachers

      (K-12), Spring 1995 - Fall 1995

 

                Radford Foundation Grant Discretionary Fund, Center for

                Academic Enrichment ($1200) for student research assistant

                and supplies for Cultural Attachment to Land in Craig and

                Giles Counties Project, 1997-98

 

      Radford University Seed Grant ($2691) "'It May Not be Heaven,

      But It's Close':  Community and Place in Rural America,"

      Spring 1998

 

      Radford Foundation Discretionary Grant ($754)

      Student assistant/mentor for Cultural Attachment to Land           Project, 1998-99

 

             Radford University Foundation Grant ($2,691), Reassigned Time       for Professional Activity, Spring 1999

                  

      Greater Newport Rural Historic District Committee ($200), for       student Dana Stein to write report based on ANTH 411

      research on cultural attachment to land in Giles County,

      Spring 1999

 

                Undergraduate Travel Funds for presenters at the

                Appalachian Studies Conference, Society for the Scientific

                Study of Religion, and the Southern Anthropological

                Society, 1990 - Present

 

Radford University Foundation Faculty Professional and Instructional Grant, Student-Faculty Collaborative Research in Two Projects:  Cultural Attachment to Land/Floyd County Traditions in Floyd County Virginia and Y2k of the Gods Projects, Fall 1999-Spring 2000, #9900-13, ($1,482.11).

 

       Contract, Bland and Wythe Counties Boards of Supervisors, Analysis of an Ethnographic Study of Cultural Attachment to Land ($19,710.00), Spring 2000

 

Radford University Faculty Professional Development Leave 2000-2001.

 

 Radford University Foundation Funds for Sociology and Anthropology Department, Cultural Attachment to Land Project ($126.19), July 2000,

                     

Honors Program, for Floyd County Traditions Project in ANTH 121 Honors, Fall 2001.

 

Radford University Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant, Bibliographic Assistance for book re cultural attachment to land ($1,500), Spring 2002.

 

Radford University QEP Award (Quality Enhancement Program/Student Engagement), Office of Academic Programs, student assistant for Appalachian Studies Association President ($1,545), 2004-2005.

 

Radford University Faculty Professional Development Leave and Research Support, reassigned time for planning Appalachian Studies Conference 2005 and activities as President of the Appalachian Studies Association ($2,600) Spring 2005.

 

Appalachian Regional Commission, Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference (for scholarships for participants), ARC Contract No. XX-14137-C3 ($5,000), 2/1/2005-6/30/2005.

 

Radford University Quality Enhancement Plan Implementation Grant, Faculty Development Center, student assistant and other assistance for Anthropology Program Review ($2,000), Spring 2006.

 

 

CONFERENCES

ORGANIZED:

Appalachian Studies Conference, "Vital Words and Vital Actions:  Partnerships to Build a Healthy Place", with Parks Lanier, Program Chair, and Ricky Cox, Local Arrangements Chair, Radford University, Radford, Virginia, March 18-20, 2005.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS:

 

BOOKS:

 

Metaphysics in Midwestern America.  Columbus, Ohio:  Ohio State University

Press, 1983.

(Reviewed in American Anthropologist, Vol. 87, No. 1, pp. 155-157.)

 

God's Schools:  Choice and Compromise in American Society.  New Brunswick,

New Jersey:  Rutgers University Press, 1990.

(Reviews can be found in several journals concerned with religion.)

 

CHAPTERS:

 

Environmental Interventions in Emotional Disturbance.  In Rhodes, W.C. and

M.L. Tracy, Editors.  A Study of Child Variance:  Volume 2, Interventions.

Ann Arbor:  The University of Michigan Press, 1974.

 

Appalachia in America's Future:  Alternative Cultural Forms, In Simon,

Rick, Editor, Critical Essays in Appalachian Life and Culture.  Boone, NC:

Appalachian Consortium Press, 1982, pp. 88-97.

 

Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship, In Fichter, Joseph H., Editor, Alternatives

to American Mainline Churches,  New York:  Rose of Sharon Press, 1983, pp.

45-66.

 

Images of Appalachia:  A Critical Discussion.  With Allen Batteau and

Archie Green.  In Buxton, Barry M., Editor, The Appalachian Experience:

Proceedings of the 6th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference.  Boone, NC:

Appalachian Consortium Press, 1983, pp. 3-9.

 

Appalachia:  A Tourist Attraction.  With students Donna Lynn Batley, Kai

Jackson, Bill O'Brien, Liz Throckmorton.  In Lloyd, Jim and Anne G.

Campbell, Editors, The Impact of Institutions in Appalachia:  Proceedings

of the 8th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference.  Boone, NC:  Appalachian

Consortium Press, 1986, pp. 73-87.

 

The Parkway and the People:  Then and Now, Discussion.  In Buxton, Barry

and Steven Beatty, Editors, Blue Ridge Parkway: Agent of Transition. Boone,

NC:  Appalachian Consortium Press, 1987.

 

Metaphysics:  "A Practical Religious Philosophy," In Greil, Arthur L., and

Thomas Robbins.  Religion and the Social Order: Volume 4:  Between Sacred

and Secular: Research and Theory on Quasi-Religion. (Series Editor, David

Bromley).  Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1994.

 

Christian Schools:  Walking the Christian Walk the American Way.  In White, Daryl and Kendall White. Religion in the Contemporary South: Diversity,

Community, and Identity. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press,

1995.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Donna Lynn Batley, Kai Jackson, Bill O'Brien, Liz

Throckmorton.  Appalachia: A Tourist Attraction? In Higgs, Robert J.,

Ambrose Manning, and Jim Wayne Miller, Editors.  Appalachia Inside Out: A

Sequel to Voices from the Hills, Volume II Culture and Custom, 572-580. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1995.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Shannon T. Scott, and Danny Wolfe. Drawing the Line

Between People and Power:  Taking the Classroom to the Community.  In

Wallace, James M. Practicing Anthropology in the South, 109-118.  Athens, Georgia:

University of Georgia Press, 1997.

(Shannon Scott and Danny Wolfe are RU alumnae.)

 

The Anthropological Study of Religions in American Society.  In Stephen D.

Glazier, ed. Anthropology of Religion:  A Handbook of Theory and Method.

Westport, CT:  Greenwood, 1997.

 

Hrezo, Margaret S. and Melinda Bollar Wagner.  Civility or the Culture Wars

in Politics and Religion:  Case Study of Oliver North in Virginia.  In

Williams, Rhys H., ed.  Cultural Wars in American Politics:  Critical

Reviews of a Popular Thesis. Hawthorne, NY:  Aldine de Gruyter, 1997.

 

Monolith or the Tower of Babel?  Ultimate Sacred Postulates at Work in Conservative Christian Schools.  In Ecology and the Sacred: Engaging the Anthropology of Roy A. Rappaport, edited by Ellen Messer and Michael Lambek. Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 2001.

 

Space and Place, Land and Legacy.  In Howell, Benita J., ed.  Culture, Environment, and Conservation in the Appalachian South. Champaign-Urbana:

University of Illinois Press, 2002.

 

Connecting What We Know to What We Do: Modifying Interview Techniques for

the Collective Self in Appalachia.  In Keefe, Susan E., ed.

Culturally-Relevant Practice in Appalachia, Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2005.

 

Religion. In A Handbook to Appalachia, Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2006.

 

The Black Church – Connecting a Community.  In Brown, Deborah L.  Pride and Preservation:  Mountain View Cemetery.  Radford, VA: Radford University Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services, published by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 2008.

 

Playing the Power Game:  The Limits of Participatory Development. In  Keefe, Susan E., ed. Participatory Development in Appalachian Communities:  Essays on Cultural Identity, Social Capital and Sustainability, University of Tennessee Press, in press. 

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar.  Education:  Lose Yourself, Find the Other, Find Yourself.  In Geller, Carol, ed.  Tentative title Teaching Excellence at a Student-Centered University, in progress. 

 

ARTICLES:

 

Metaphysics in Midwestern America,  Journal of Popular Culture, Volume 17,

Number 3, 1984, pp. 131-140.

 

Analyzing the ABC'S OF APPALACHIA:  University Students Write a Children's

Book.  Focus:  Teaching English Language Arts, Volume X, Number 2, Winter,

1984, pp. 19-25.

 

Teacher's Corner: Beyond the Classroom Walls: University Students Create A

Children's Book, AnthroNotes, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural

History Bulletin for Teachers, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 11-13, Spring 1994.

 

A Cross-Cultural Study of Ethnopersonality:  The Scottish and Appalachian

Sense of Self, ALCA-LINES, the Journal of the Assembly of Literature and

Culture of Appalachia (National Council of Teachers of English), Vol. III,

#1, 1994; Vol. IV, #1, 1996.

 

Generic Conservative Christianity:  The Demise of Denominationalism in

Christian Schools, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1997, 36

(1):13-24.

 

Measuring Cultural Attachment to Place in a Proposed Power Line Corridor, Journal of Appalachian Studies, Fall 1999, 5(2):241-246.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar and Kristen L. Hedrick.  ‘You Have a Culture to Preserve Here, But We Have Power Line to Stop’: University/Community Study of Cultural Attachment to Place, Practicing Anthropology, Spring 2001, 23(2):10-14.

 

Christian Schools.  In Samuel S. Hill and Charles Lippy, The Encyclopedia of Religion in the South, Mercer University Press, 2005.

 

Central Appalachia:  People, Hardwood, and Coal, MapGuide to Appalachia, National Geographic, 2005, Enclosed in National Geographic Traveler, Volume 22, Number 3, April 2005. 

 

We are All Activists, In Ballard, Sandy and Tal Stanley, eds.  Special Issue of Appalachian Journal Honoring Stephen Fisher, Activists, and Activism in Appalachia, 2008.

 

NEWSLETTERS:

 

Appalachian Studies Conference, Newsletter of New River Valley Planning District Commission, Fall 2004.

 

President's Message, Appalink, The Newsletter for the Appalachian Studies Association, Volume 28, Number 1, Fall 2004.

 

President's Message, Appalink, The Newsletter for the Appalachian Studies Association, Volume 28, Number 2, Spring, 2005.

 

Thank You column; Steering Committee column; Conference Notes column, Appalink, The Newsletter for the Appalachian Studies Association, Volume 28, Number 2, Spring, 2005.

 

VIDEOS:

 

Arment, Lisa, Charles Cosmato, Audrey C. McDowell, Bobbi Montgomery, Wendy Turner, and Catherine Vest, Melinda Bollar Wagner, Images of Appalachia, Fall 1992.

 

Carden, Darlene H., Caryn Ergenbright, Brad Jackson, Kimberly Ledbetter

Comerford, Brad Nyholm, Amy Sokoloff, Rebecca Taylor, Danny Wolfe, Melinda

Bollar Wagner, Drawing the Line Between People and Power. Spring 1994.

 

Meredith Burk, Neil Epperly, Shawn Harrison, Sam Linkous, Christy Landreth, Angela Vaughan, David Wooldridge, Between Blue Mountains:  Cultural Attachment to Land in Craig County, Virginia, Fall 1995, Spring 1996.

 

Anna Klick, Jennifer Neel, Tiffany Shifflett, Holly Hyler, Kathryn Ballard, Melinda Bollar Wagner, The Little River Talks Back:  University/Community Study of Environment and Culture in the Little River Watershed, Spring 2003.

 

Alex Elvis Badillo, Justin Paul Miller, Kathy Martin Murphy, Keith B. Nunn, Sherry Lynn Tejada, Robert Scot Trent, Donald Avery White, Melinda Bollar Wagner, Vital Words and Vital Actions:  Partnerships to Build a Healthy Place: Appalachian Studies Conference 2005, Spring 2005

 

Ashley Herwald, Brittony Fitzgerald, Patricia Jacobs, and Jeffrey Wood, edited by        Brittony Fitzgerald and Melinda Bollar Wagner, Floyd County High School Place-Based Education Project, Spring 2008 (8 versions ranging in length from 10 to 42 minutes)

 

RADIO AND TELEVISION:

 

Williamson, Seth.  Virginia Bookshelf.  Interview concerning Metaphysics in

Midwestern America, WVTF National Public Radio, Roanoke, Virginia, taped

December 15, 1983, aired January 2, 1984.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, James Mathisen, and Host Chris Fabry, "Open Line:

T-Shirt Evangelism," Chicago:  Moody Broadcasting Network, August 23, 1994.

(Available on cassette from Moody Broadcasting Network, 820 N. La Salle

Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610-3284.)

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar and Mark Raterman.  The Future of Appalachia (Cultural Attachment to Land), All Things Considered (WVTF segment), Roanoke, Virginia, WVTF Radio (National Public Radio), November 16, 1998.

 

Appalachian Events Committee and ANTH 411 Appalachian Cultures(Melinda Wagner, Faculty Advisor and Teacher).  Blue Ridge Excursions.  Appalachian Awareness Day, sponsored by the Appalachian Events Committee, WVTF Public Broadcasting System, Roanoke, Virginia, Spring 2005.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Parks Lanier, Ricky Cox, and Grace Toney Edwards.  Community Speaking.  Appalachian Studies Conference, post-Conference Interview, Radford University Media, for local news channel, Spring 2005.

 

EXHIBITS:

 

Exhibit Researcher and Coordinator of Student Researchers, National Park Service Exhibit of Spiritual and Cultural Significance of Mountains in National Parks, Permanent exhibit at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Headquarters, beginning Summer 2000. (INVITED)

 

REVIEWS:

 

"Born Again:  Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church," a film by James

Ault,  American Anthropologist, 1989.

 

Appalachian Atlas by Clifford a Grammich, Jr., published by the Commission

on Religion in Appalachia, 1994.  Appalachian Journal, Vol. 22, No., 4,

Summer 1995.

 

MONOGRAPHS:

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Jean Kappes, Shannon Scott, Megan Scanlon, Stacy

Viers.  'It May Not be Heaven, but it's Close'  Land and People in Craig

County, Virginia.  92 page report.

Submitted to National Forest Service by Citizens to Preserve Craig County;

cited in Forest Service Environmental Impact Statement.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Jean Kappes, Shannon Scott, Megan Scanlon, Stacy

Viers.  Position Paper to Accompany Documentation of Certain Intangible

Elements of Cultural Heritage, Folklife, and Living Culture: Cultural

Attachment to Land in Craig County, Virginia.  29 pages.        

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, with the assistance of Jean-Paul Charbonneau, Brain

Corboy, Magdalene Drewnowski, Rachael Eagan, Julia Everett, Kristen

Hedrick, Michelle Heizer, Christine Hicks, Susan Hudson, Thomas Hunt,

Heather Krantz, Michelle Matney, Patricia Pugh, Anne Ruifrok, Gregory

Souder, Dana Stein, Angela Stump.  Preliminary Report of an Ethnographic

Study Documenting Certain Intangible Elements of Cultural Heritage,

Folklife, and Living Culture:  Cultural Attachment to Land In Clover Hollow

and Plow Screw, Giles County, Virginia, October 5, 1996.

Submitted to National Forest Service by Preserve Clover Hollow and Plow

Screw.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar and Mary LaLone.  Project Manual (for use with ethnographic research projects), 1999.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Kristen L. Hedrick, Melissa Lamb, Daliah Macon, Matthew Schrag, Christopher Shedd, and Elaine Staab.  Analysis of a Preliminary Ethnographic Study Documenting Certain Intangible Elements of Cultural Heritage, Folklife, and Living Culture:  Cultural Attachment to Land in the Eastern Portions of Bland and Wythe Counties, Virginia.  Submitted to the Virginia State Corporation Commission, March 2000.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar.  Report to the State Corporation Commission regarding Cultural Attachment to Land in Bland and Wythe Counties, Spring 2002.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Maple R. Potts, Kathryn Ballard, Melissa Bellows, Matt Burgess, Jennifer Cline, Lindsay Coada, Ashley Crabtree, Nicole Danhauser, Dixine Darist, Christine England, Rosalynn Good, Rachel Greene, Joseph Gregory, Jessica Hamby, Megan Holzbauer, Holly Hyler, David Jones, Robert Ketner, Anna Klick, Ivan Levin, Jennifer Neel, Amy Phillips, Ashley Robbins, Kelly Schwenk, Tiffany Shifflett, Beth Smit, Tammy Stiles, Steven Storer, Emily Talbot.  Fall 2002 Little River Project Summary Report, Submitted to the New River Land Trust, December 17, 2002.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Project Director, Final Report, Appalachian Regional Commission, Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference, ARC Contract Number:  CO-14137-C3-05, $5,000, 2/1/2005-6/30/2005.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, with analysis by Shai Cullop and Sherry Tejada, Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) Conference Evaluation Results:  "Vital Words and Vital Actions:  Partnerships to Build a Healthy Place," Radford University, March 18-20, 2005

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Natalie Brooks, Brittony Fitzgerald, Ashley Herwald, Patricia Jacobs, Adam Richardson, and Jeffrey Wood.  Floyd County High School Place-Based Education Project, Spring 2008

 

IN-HOUSE PUBLICATIONS:

 

Appalachia:  America's Alter Ego, Radford Magazine, Fall 1981, pp. 6-9.

 

Practicing Anthropology and "Good" Writing, In Self, Warren and Rich

Murphy, Editors.  Working Papers on Writing and Learning:  Essays by

Faculty on Writing Across the Curriculum.  Radford University, 1983.

 

Learning.  In Self, Warren and Rich Murphy, Editors, Writing from Pipestem

Writing Across Curriculum Workshop 1984, Radford University, 1985.

 

A Look Inside America's Christian Schools, Radford Magazine, Fall 1991.

 

Christian Schools the American Way. Radford Magazine, February 1992, pp.

34-35.

 

Mr. Harper, History, North Vermillion High School, Vermillion County,

Indiana, IN Jones, Myrl, Reflections of Excellence: Essays on Teaching,

Radford University, 1994.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar and Mary LaLone.  Beyond the Classroom Walls,

InterActions, The Newsletter of the Faculty Development Center, October

1996.

Includes commentaries from students Kristen Hedrick, Alicia Gallant, Stacie

Haynes, Alex Sweeney, Sam L. Linkous, David Wooldridge, Meredith Burk, and

Angela D. Vaughan.

 

Faculty Development Leave Program, InterActions, The Newsletter of the Faculty Development Center, April 1998.

 

PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

(JURIED PAPERS OR INVITED PARTICIPATION):

 

"Metaphysics:  A Practical Religious Philosophy," Society for the

Scientific Study of Religion, San Antonio, Texas, October 26-28, 1979.

 

"Metaphysics in Midwestern America," American Anthropological Association,

Cincinnati, Ohio, November 28-December 1, 1979.

 

"I am God:  The Metaphor of Metaphysics," Society for the Scientific Study

of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 31-November 2, 1980.

 

"Religious Diversity in the United States:  Case Study of the American

Metaphysical Movement," Popular Culture Association, Cincinnati, Ohio,

March 25-29, 1981.

 

"Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship," Alternatives Religions Conference

(invitational conference), Loyola University and the Institute for the

Study of American Religion, Chicago, Illinois, May 5-7, 1981.

 

"Spiritual Science," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion,

Baltimore, Maryland, October 30-November 1, 1981.

 

"Healing Beliefs and Practices" (invitational panel), Society for the

Scientific Study of Religion, Baltimore, Maryland, October 30-November 1,

1981.

 

"Paranormal Phenomena in Religion" (invitational panel), Society for the

Scientific Study of Religion, Baltimore, Maryland, October 30-November 1,

1981.

 

"Identity and Metaphor" American Anthropological Association, Los Angeles,

California, December 4-6, 1981.

 

"Appalachia in America's Future:  Alternative Cultural Forms," Appalachian

Studies Conference, Blacksburg, Virginia, March 26-28, 1982.

 

"Workshop on Improving Field Studies of New Religious Movements" (session

organizer), Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Providence, Rhode

Island, October 22-24, 1982.

 

"Sci and Psi:  The Joining of Science and Religion," American

Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., December 4-7, 1982.

 

"Images of Appalachia:  A Critical Discussion" (session convener and

discussant), Appalachian Studies Conference, Pipestem, West Virginia, March

18-20, 1983.

 

"The Functions of Reincarnation in Everyday Life," Society for the

Scientific Study of Religion, Knoxville, Tennessee, November 4-6, 1983.

 

"Community and Communitas:  America and Appalachia," American Anthropological Association, Chicago, Illinois, November 16-20, 1983.

 

"The ABC's of Appalachian Studies" (with students Laura Binder, Thelma

Peck, Bobbi Willis), Appalachian Studies Conference, Unicoi State Park,

Helen, Georgia, March 23-25, 1984.

 

"Anthropology for the Everyperson:  Beginning with the Third Grader,"

American Anthropological Association, Denver, Colorado, November 15-18,

1984.

 

"Images of Appalachia in Tourist Literature:  Commercialization of Cultural

Difference?" (with students Donna Lynn Batley, Kai Jackson, Bill O'Brien,

and Liz Throckmorton), Appalachian Studies Conference, Berea College,

Berea, Kentucky, March 29-31, 1985.

 

"The Parkway and the People:  Then and Now."  With students Kimberly

Burnette and Pamela Frye.  The Blue Ridge Parkway Conference Celebrating

the Golden Anniversary, Boone, North Carolina, Appalachian State

University, September 9-11, 1985 (Session convener and discussant).

 

Discussant, "New Developments in Contemporary Christianity," Society for

the Scientific Study of Religion, Savannah, Georgia, October 25-27, 1985.

 

"Framing the Ethnographic Question:  To Hypothesize or Not to Hypothesize,"

American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., December 4-8, 1985.

 

Session organizer and convener, "Teaching Ethnography," American

Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., December 4-8, 1985.

 

"The 'Appalachian Attitude' Toward Land," Appalachian Studies Conference,

Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, March 21-23, 1986.

 

"Alternative Christian Schooling:  How Alternative Is It?," Society for the

Scientific Study of Religion, Chicago, Illinois, October 28-30, 1988.

 

"Christian Schools:  Walking the Christian Walk the American Way," American

Anthropological Association, Phoenix, Arizona, November 16-20, 1988.

 

Moderator, "Following Alternative Lifestyles in a Technological Society," New River Community College, Dublin, Virginia, April 10, 1989.

 

"Christian Schooling as `Revitalization' Process," Virginia Social Science

Association, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,

Blacksburg, Virginia, April 14, 1989.

 

"The Conservative Christian 'Sense of Self,'" Society for the Scientific

Study of Religion, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 27-29, 1989.

 

Critic, "Author Meets Critics:  Alternate Reality:  Religion in a

Pluralistic World, by Felicitas D. Goodman," Society for the Scientific

Study of Religion, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 27-29, 1989.

 

"Ideology and Pragmatism in the Teaching of Ethnography," American

Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., November 15-19, 1989. (In a session including Radford University student Bradley Bowden, and

graduates Sheila Swart, Sherri Dawson, and Christie Corrao.)

 

Convener and Discussant, "Appalachian Regionalism:  Definitions and

Doubts," Appalachian Studies Conference, Unicoi State Park, Helen, Georgia,

March 23-25, 1990.

 

"Research Report on the Demise of Denominationalism and the Rise of

Ecumenism Within Educational Voluntary Associations (Christian Schools),"

Research Consultation for "Evangelicals, Voluntary Associations, and

American Public Life" Project, funded by the Lilly Endowment and the

 

Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Stowe, Vermont, June

28-July 1, 1990.

 

"The Meaning of Metaphysics in Everyday Life:  Spiritual Frontiers

Fellowship and the Association for Research and Enlightenment," Society for

the Scientific Study of Religion, Virginia Beach, Virginia, November 9-11,

1990.

 

"Which Side are You on?  Negotiating the Role of Ethnographer in

Non-Mainstream Religious Groups," American Ethnological Society,

Charleston, South Carolina, March 14-16, 1991.

 

"The Demise of Denominationalism and the Rise of Ecumenism Within Christian

Schools," Evangelicals, Voluntary Associations, and American Public Life

Conference, sponsored by the Lilly Endowment and the Institute for the

Study of American Evangelicals, Wheaton, Illinois, June 13-15, 1991.

 

"Beyond Classroom Walls:  Community as Teacher,"  Appalachian

Teachers' Network Conference, Radford University, Radford, Virginia,

September 14, 1991.

 

Author, "God's Schools:  Author Meets Critics," Society for the Scientific

Study of Religion, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 8-10, 1991.

 

Panelist, "Qualitative Approaches to the Study of Religion:  A Panel

Discussion,"  Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Pittsburgh,

Pennsylvania, November 8-10, 1991.

 

"Student Field Experiences," in "Workshop on Teaching Sociology and

Anthropology:  Beyond the Lecture Format for Engaging Student

Participation," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Pittsburgh,

Pennsylvania, November 8-10, 1991.

 

"Negotiating Loyalties in Anthropological Fieldwork,"  American

Anthropological Association, Chicago, Illinois, November 20-24, 1991.

       

Arment, Lisa, Charles Cosmato, Audrey C. McDowell, Bobbi Montgomery, Wendy

Turner, and Catherine Vest, with the assistance of Melinda Bollar Wagner,

"What is Appalachia?  Images of Appalachia," Appalachian Studies

Conference, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, March

20-22, 1992.   

 

"When Religion is Therapy," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion,

Washington, D.C., November 6-8, 1992.

 

"God's Schools:  Choice and Compromise in American Society," in the Key

Symposium on Religion in the South, Southern Anthropological Society, March

24-27, 1993, Savannah, Georgia.

       

Convener, "Community Change;  Tourism and Volunteerism," Appalachian

Studies Conference, March 19-21, 1993, East Tennessee State University,

Johnson City, TN.

 

"Cultural Parallelism Across the Sacred/Secular Divide:  If the Medium is

the Message, What are the Conservative Christians Saying?" Society for the

Scientific Study of Religion, Raleigh, North Carolina, October 29-31, 1993.

 

Session Convener, "Popular Culture, Mass Media, Conservative Christianity,"

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Raleigh, North Carolina,

October 29-31, 1993.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar and Mary B. LaLone, "Ethnography as a Teaching Tool:

Immersing Students in the Local Culture."

Wagner: "Issues:  Teaching Beyond the Classroom Walls";

LaLone:  "Case Studies:  Teaching Economic Anthropology by Immersing

Students in the Local Culture,"  American Anthropological Association,

Washington, D.C., November 17-21, 1993.

 

Carden, Darlene H., Caryn Ergenbright, Brad Jackson, Kimberly Ledbetter

Comerford, Brad Nyholm, Amy Sokoloff, Rebecca Taylor, Danny Wolfe, Melinda

Bollar Wagner.  "Drawing the Line Between People and Power," half-hour

videotape and slide presentation, and 25 page written script, Appalachian

Studies Conference, Blacksburg, Virginia, Virginia Tech, March 11-13, 1994.

 

Loyola University Guest Lecture Series in Sociology and Anthropology of

Religion: Religion and Culture in Contemporary Society.  "Christian

Schools: Walking the Christian Walk the American Way," Loyola University of

Chicago, November 30, 1994. (Other speakers in the series included R.

Stephen Warner, Mark Juergensmeyer, and Harvey Cox.) Honorarium and travel

expenses received.

 

"The Demise of Denominationalism in Christian Schools," Society for the

Scientific Study of Religion, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 4-6, 1994.

 

"Anthropology Students and Community Action: Studying an Environmental

Controversy,"  American Anthropological Association, Atlanta, Georgia,

December 1994.

(Note:  Student Shannon Scott attended, and joined the discussion.)

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Shannon T. Scott, Megan Scanlon, Stacy L. Viers,

Jean A. Kappes, with the assistance of Allyn Beth Motley and Lola Coleman

(Presented by Shannon Scott; Scanlon, Viers, Motley joined in the

discussion).  "Cultural Attachment to Land In Craig County, Virginia:  A

University Project in Service to a Changing Community," Appalachian Studies

Conference, West Virginia University, March, 1995.

 

"Drawing the Line Between People and Power:  Taking the Classroom into the

Community," Southern Anthropological Society, Raleigh, North Carolina,

April 20-22, 1995.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, and Margaret S. Hrezo. "Civility or the Culture

Wars in Politics and Religion: Case Study of Oliver North in Virginia,"

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, St. Louis, Missouri, November

4-6, 1995.

 

With Mary LaLone and Eight Students. "Beyond the Classroom Walls, Writing

Across Curriculum Colloquy," January 31, 1996.

                 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Meredith Burk, Neil Epperly, Christy Landreth, Sam

Linkous, Angela Vaughan, David Wooldridge.  "Radford University Students

Engage Craig County Residents," Appalachian Studies Conference, Unicoi

State Park, Helen, Georgia, March 29-31, 1996.

 

Brooks, Jerusha, Julia Everett and Melinda Bollar Wagner.  "The Production

of Public Religion in Community Newspapers," Society for the Scientific

Study of Religion, Nashville, Tennessee, October 1996.

 

Critic in Author Meets Critics for Material Christianity:  Religion and

Popular Culture in America by Colleen McDannell, Society for the Scientific

Study of Religion, Nashville, Tennessee, October 1996.

 

Brooks, Jerusha, Julia Everett and Melinda Bollar Wagner.  "Public Religion

in Community Newspapers:  Appalachia and Non-Appalachia Compared,"

Appalachian Studies Conference, Ft. Mitchell, KY, March 14-16, 1997.

 

Author Meets Critics:  Anthropology of Religion--A Handbook, edited by Stephen Glazier, (as one of the authors), Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 6-9, 1997.

 

Panel Discussion on Defining Religion:  "Marking the Boundaries Between Sacred and Secular," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 6-9, 1997.

 

"Drawing the Line Between People and Power: Measuring Cultural Attachment to Place in a Proposed Power Line Corridor," in session Measuring Cultural Attachment to Place:  Issues for Impact Assessment, organized by Benita Howell, American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., November 19-23, 1997.

 

Reviewer/panelist, "A Discussion of Howard Dorgan's In the Hands of a Happy God:  The 'No-Hellers' of Central Appalachia and Adda Leah Davis's Here I am Again, Lord: Landon Colley, An Old-Time Primitive Baptist Universalist Preacher," Appalachian Studies Conference, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, March 20-22, 1998.

 

Convener, "Preserving the Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage" (Montgomery County Coal Mining Heritage Project), Appalachian Studies Conference, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, March 20-22, 1998.

 

Participant, "The Appalachian Handbook Project," Appalachian Studies Conference, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, March 20-22, 1998.

 

"Beyond Denomination:  Cultural Style in Christian Schools," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Montreal, Canada, November 5-8, 1998.

 

Organizer, with David Brady from Preserve Clover Hollow and Plow Screw (Giles County, VA), "Defending the Community:  University Community Cooperation in Environmental Study/Environmental Action," Appalachian Studies Conference, Emory and Henry College and Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA, March 19-21, 1999.

(Student Dana Stein, Alumna Kristen Hedrick, Giles County residents Nancy Kate Givens and Doris Link, and University of Tennessee anthropologist Benita Howell also participated in this session.)

 

"Introduction to the Cultural Attachment to Land Project," Appalachian Studies Conference, Emory and Henry College and Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA, March 19-21, 1999.

 

Session Chair, "Religion in American Life," Anthropology of Religion Section of the American Anthropological Association and Central States Anthropological Society joint meeting, Chicago, IL, April 16-18, 1999.

 

"Christian Schools:  Culture Wars or Compromise?"  Anthropology of Religion Section of the American Anthropological Association and Central States Anthropological Society joint meeting, Chicago, IL, April 16-18, 1999.

 

"The Sacred in the Land:  'It May Not be Heaven, but It's Close in Traditional Agrarian Appalachia," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Boston, Massachusetts, November 6, 1999.

 

"The Sacred in the Land:  'It May Not be Heaven, but It's Close' in Rural Appalachia," Appalachian Studies Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 24, 2000.

 

Participant, "The Appalachian Handbook Project," Appalachian Studies Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 24, 2000.

 

"Appalachian Events Committee:  Appalachian Heritage Lives in Our Students," Appalachian Studies Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 26, 2000.

 

Author Meets Critics: panelist, "The Book of Jerry Falwell: Fundamentalist Language and Politics, by Susan F. Harding" (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000), Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Houston, Texas, October 22, 2000.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Kristen L. Hedrick, Melissa E. Lamb, Dahlia Macon, Matthew Schrag, Christopher Shedd, and Elaine Staab, "Taking the Power to the People: Assessing Cultural Attachment to Land in a Proposed 765 kV Power Line Corridor,"4'x8' for poster session Engaging a Localized Public Anthropology: Forming Partnerships with the Communities in Which We Work, organized by Luke Eric Lassiter and Samuel R. Cook (Radford University alumnae), American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, California, November 17, 2000.

 

Participated as Councillor, Southern Anthropological Society, Nashville, Tennessee, April 6-7, 2001.

 

Facilitator, "Workshop on Teaching Social Sciences of Religion:  Critical Thinking Exercises for the Wired Generation," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Columbus, Ohio, October 19-21, 2002.

 

With alumnus Christopher Shedd, "Taking the Power to the People: Assessing Cultural Attachment to Land in a Proposed 765 kV Power Line Corridor,"4'x8' poster, Society for Applied Anthropology, Atlanta, Georgia, March 7-10, 2002.

 

Convener, "Community Study and Collaboration" (including papers by three Radford University students), Appalachian Studies Conference, Unicoi State Park, Helen, Georgia, March 15-17, 2002.

 

"The Sacred in the Land:  'It May Not be Heaven, but It's Close in Rural Appalachia," Society for the Anthropology of Religion Section of the American Anthropological Association, Cleveland, Ohio, April 5-7, 2002.

 

Panel on "Issues Raised in Personal Knowledge and Beyond:  Reshaping the Ethnography of Religion, edited by James V. Spickard, J. Shawn Landres, and Meredith B. McGuire," 2002:  New York:  New York University Press, Society for the Anthropology of Religion Section of the American Anthropological Association, Cleveland, Ohio, April 5-7, 2002.

 

"Environmental Justice, Anthropology, and the Law:  Cultural Attachment to Land in a Proposed 765,000 volt Power Line Corridor," The Anthropology Policy Conference:  Environment, Resources, and Sustainability:  Policy Issues for the 21st Century, Athens, Georgia, September 7-8, 2002, sponsored by Culture and Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Anthropology and Environment Section of AAA, AAA Public Policy Committee. 

 

"Engaging Students Through Experiential Learning," Virginia Collegiate Honors Council Fall Director's Conference:  Honoring Appalachia:  Engaging Students Through Cultural Studies, Radford University (Best Western Radford Inn), September 20, 2002.

 

"The Impact of Modernity Theory on Environmental Policy in Appalachia," in Session Global Forces in the Mountain South, Susan Keefe, Organizer, American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 20-24, 2002.

 

"Religion and Conflict:  From the Celts vs. the Romans to Jerry Falwell vs. Secular America," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 31 - November 3, 2002.

 

Wagner, Melinda Bollar, Anna Klick, Jennifer Neel, Tiffany Shifflett, Holly Hyler, and Kathryn Ballard, "The Little River Talks Back:  University/Community Study of Environment and Culture in the Little River Watershed" [video and presentation], Appalachian Studies Association, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, March 28-30, 2003.

 

"Religion in Appalachia," Appalachian Teachers' Network, Radford University, Radford, Virginia, October 30, 2004.

 

"Cultural Attachment to Farmland in Tough Economic Times," Appalachian Studies Conference, Radford University, Radford, Virginia, March 18, 2005.

 

Convener and Organizer, Keynote Plenary Session, "Vital Words and Vital Actions:  Partnerships for a Healthy Region," Appalachian Studies Conference, Radford University, Radford, Virginia, March 19, 2005.

 

"Culture Wars and Ultimate Sacred Postulates:"  A Case Study of Conservative Christian Schools (A Paper in Honor of Roy A. Rappaport), Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Rochester, New York, November 4-6, 2005.

 

"Connecting What We Know to What We Do:  Modifying Interview Techniques for the Collective Self in Appalachia," Appalachian Studies Conference, Dayton, Ohio, March 17-19, 2006.

 

Leader, Mentoring Session, Appalachian Studies Conference, Dayton, Ohio, March 17-19, 2006.

 

Convener, Video and Discussion, Wagner, Melinda Bollar, , Alex Elvis Badillo, Justin Paul Muller, Kathy Martin Murphy, Keith B. Nunn, Sherry Lynn Tejada, Robert Scott Trent, Donald Avery White.  Vital Words and Vital Actions:  Partnerships to Build a Healthy Place:  Appalachian Studies Conference 2005 (at Radford University) (DVD), Appalachian Studies Conference, Dayton, Ohio, March 17-19, 2006.

 

Appalachian Mountain Religion:  A Collective Church for a Collective Culture, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Portland, Oregon, October 20-22, 2006.

 

Moderator, Visiting [A Handbook to Appalachia’s] Authors’ Discussion on the Current State of Appalachian Affairs in Their Respective Disciplines, Appalachian Teachers Network Conference, Radford University, Radford, Virginia, November 4, 2006.

Panelist, Appalachian Studies:  A Discussion about Appalachia, the Study of Appalachia, and the Appalachian Studies Association, Appalachian Studies Conference, Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, March 23-25, 2007.  (INVITED Panel)

 

Bridging Community and University:  Restoration of an African-American Cemetery in Radford, Virginia (with RU faculty and staff Theresa Burriss, Teresa Dickens, Kathy Jordan, and students Jessica Baciu, Brittony Fitzgerald, and Morgan Hawkins), Appalachian Studies Conference, Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, March 23-25, 2007. 

 

Panelist, Piecing the Appalachian Experience:  Celebrating 25 Years at Radford University!, Appalachian Studies Conference, Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, March 23-25, 2007.

 

Convener, Arrivals and Departures:  In and Out Migration, Floyd County, Virginia (with Ricky Cox, Jessica Baciu, Brittony Fitzgerald, Morgan Hawkins, Patricia Jacobs, and Kathy Murphy), Appalachian Studies Conference, Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, March 23-25, 2007. 

 

Convener, The New Organizational Ties that Bind, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Religious Research Association, Tampa, Florida, November 1-4, 2007.

 

Participant, Shape Note Singing Ensemble (Octet) Illustration of “Poland” for Presidential Plenary Address “Singing and Solidarity” by R. Stephen Warner, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Tampa, Florida, November 1-4, 2007.

 

Convener, Floyd County, Virginia Place-Based Education:  Exploring World War II (with Ashley Herwald, Brittony Fitzgerald, Patricia Jacobs, and Jeffrey Wood), Appalachian Studies Conference, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, March 28-30, 2008.

 

The Black Church in America and in Radford, Virginia, in Session Mountain View Cemetery:  Community and Archaeology, organized by Cliff Boyd, Upland Archaeology in the East Symposium, Radford University, Radford, Virginia, May 16-17, 2008.

 

CONSULTATIONS:

 

"Writing Across Curriculum at Radford University," Workshop and one day

consultation at William Paterson College, Wayne, New Jersey, April 14,

1986.

 

"Evangelicals, Voluntary Associations, and American Public Life" project,

funded by the Lilly Endowment under the auspices of the Institute for the

Study of American Evangelicals, research consultation, Stowe, Vermont, June

28-July 1, 1990.

 

Expert Witness on Cultural Attachment to Land, State Corporation Commission Hearing, May 10, 2000, Richmond, Virginia.

 

Consultation with attorney for Bland and Wythe Counties concerning cultural attachment to land, Spring 2000

 

Contributed information and papers to Dr. Benita Howell, Anthropology Department, University of Tennessee, for workshop on measuring cultural attachment to land for the Applied Ethnography Program of the National Park Service, Tucson, Arizona, Spring 2003.

 

Friends of Pendleton County, West Virginia, Case Number 05-1740-E-CS, Liberty Gap Wind Force, LLC, Public Service Commission of West Virginia, June 2006.

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

 

Memberships:

 

American Anthropological Association (AAA)

Southern Anthropological Society

Lambda Alpha Honorary for Anthropology

Society for Psychological Anthropology

Society for the Anthropology of North America (AAA)

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Society for the Anthropology of Religion (AAA)

Religious Research Association

Anthropology and the Environment Section (AAA)

Appalachian Studies Association

Assembly for the Literature and Culture of Appalachia

Virginia Social Science Association

ODK Honorary

Alpha Lambda Delta Honorary

 

Offices and Committees:

 

Councillor, Southern Anthropological Society, 1998-2000.

 

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Nominating Committee,

1988-1989, 1998-99.

 

Appalachian Studies Association, Program Committee, 1993-94.

       

Appalachian Studies Association, Chairperson of Subcommittee to plan

plenary session, "Appalachia and the Politics of Culture: Theory and

Praxis," 1993-94.

 

Southern Anthropological Society, Membership Recruitment Committee, 1998.

 

Southern Anthropological Society, Nominating Committee, 1999.

 

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Nominating Committee, 1999.

 

Religious Research Association, Nominating Committee, 2001-2003.

 

Vice President/President Elect, Appalachian Studies Association, 2003-3004.

 

Chair, Nominating Committee, Appalachian Studies Association, Fall 2003

 

President, Appalachian Studies Association, 2004-2005.

 

Past President, Appalachian Studies Association, 2005-2006.

 

Reviewer:

 

Forest Science

 

National Science Foundation, reviewer of proposals for Social and Cultural

Anthropology in the Anthropology Program

 

Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association

 

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

 

Review of Religious Research

University of Illinois Press

 

AltaMira Press

 

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