By: Ben Anderson
Although their research will occur on different parts of the globe, Warren Wilson College professors Amy Boyd (biology) and Siti Kusujiarti (sociology) share the distinction of receiving faculty development grants from the Appalachian College Association. The ACA has awarded the grants in support of the professors' sabbatical projects during the 2007-08 academic year.
Boyd, who received the college's 2006 award for faculty teaching excellence, will focus on a floristic study of the Warren Wilson campus and on enhancing the college herbarium (preserved plant collection). She also will visit other small-college herbaria to study their status, roles and potential for enhancing their usefulness and accessibility.
Kusujiarti will conduct participatory research on gender relations and social inequality among communities affected by an earthquake in the Bantul district of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her research will focus on the dynamics of social changes and survival strategies during recovery process.
Building on 10 years of research in the district, Kusujiarti will do comparative analyses of the changes before and after the earthquake. In addition to research, she will volunteer with a local non-governmental organization that has been active in supporting local communities facing the disaster.
The Appalachian College Association, based in Berea, Ky., is a consortium of 35 independent liberal arts colleges and universities in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The association helps develop and share ideas, information, programs and resources in serving the people of Appalachia through higher education and related services. ACA institutions currently enroll a total of more than 39,000 students.