About the Project
Calvin Robert (Rob) Welch was born on May 21, 1941 in Huntington, WV. He earned undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Sociology-Anthropology, and a Masters Degree in Sociology, all from Marshall University. He also attended Smith College for Social Work, where he obtained a Masters of Social Work. Rob was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Essex in England where he studied social policy.
Rob met Carol, his wife, while attending Marshal University and they were married in Huntington, WV. They built their home and family together in the Red Lick community near Berea and shared a love of gardening, cooking, and friends. While Rob taught at social work at several regional institutions, he devoted his career to Eastern Kentucky University beginning in 1979 until his death in 2006.
Exceptionally committed to economic and social justice in Appalachia, he was one of the founding members of the Appalachian Studies Program at EKU. He was a strong willed and ambitious man, but also a humble one who lived an adventure each day of his life. He was a respected teacher and much beloved by his students; all who knew him felt enriched by his presence. Even in his absence, funds bequeathed by Rob to the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work help create a more just society in Appalachia.
As a scholar, Rob recognized that before we can effectively tackle social injustices in Appalachia, we must first build a capacity to address these issues by assessing and identifying problems and needs. Welch Appalachian Social Justice funds enable us to advance awareness and knowledge of economic and social justice in our communities. It is hoped that through this project more faculty, students and alumni will consider ways to improve the conditions of Appalachia through research and practice. The Welch Appalachian Social Justice project involves the following:
- Original scholarly research by EKU faculty/student or alumni teams with a focus on social and economic justice in Appalachia;
- A series of at least five Welch Appalachian Social Justice lectures over the course of five years by local and regional experts;
- A book: Welch Appalachian Social Justice —collaboratively edited by Social Work, Anthropology and Sociology professors to capture the multidisciplinary nature of social justice work.
The Welch Appalachian Social Justice Committee invites proposals to conduct scholarly research or service projects (with a research focus) related to economic and social justice in Appalachia. Through this research, alumni, faculty and students will have an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to help individuals and communities arrive at solutions to economic and social injustices at all societal levels. Proposals should raise awareness of political, environmental, cultural, economic, and social justice in Appalachia. All faculty, students, and alumni from EKU’s are eligible to apply. Alumni and students must collaborate with a current faculty member.
Selection criteria include:
- A complete application
- Adherence to the themes of political, environmental, cultural, economic and social justice in Appalachia
- Strength of research design: proposals must have well-defined objectives, demonstrable and realistic outcomes and a planned timeline
- Potential impact: proposals must demonstrate how the research will impact the community and further the mission of economic and social justice in Appalachia
- Demonstrated history of scholarly research
- Likelihood of producing a scholarly paper
Three applications will be awarded for 2012 and two will be awarded in 2013. Applications are due October 31st, 2012 and 2013. Three applications will be awarded for 2012 and two will be awarded in 2013. Applicants will be notified in December, 2012 and 2013 and have one year to complete their research. Each funded proposal will culminate in a scholarly manuscript that will form the basis for a book chapter on Social Justice in Appalachia. Alumni, Faculty or Faculty/Student research teams will have one year to complete their research and submit a final manuscript to the Committee. Alumni, Faculty or Faculty/Student Collaborative teams who apply for and receive funding will be expected to showcase their research at the annual Welch Appalachian Social Justice Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University held in March each year.
|Oct 31st 2012||First round of Proposals due (3 selected)|
|Nov 2012—Nov 2013||Teams conduct and complete research|
|Oct. 31, 2013||Second round of Proposals due (2 selected)|
|Nov. 2013—Nov 2014||Teams complete research|
|Jan. 1, 2014||2012 Researcher or researcher teams submit manuscript to Reid|
|Mar. 2014||First Welch Appalachian Social Justice Lecture Series at
EKU Social Work Day. 2012 funded proposals showcase
work at EKU Social Work Day.
|Nov. 2014—Nov. 2015||Researcher/Researcher teams complete research|
|Jan. 1st 2015||2013 Researcher /research team submit manuscript due
|Mar. 2015||Second Welch Appalachian Social Justice Lecture Series
at EKU Social Work Day. 2013 funded proposals showcase
work at EKU Social Work Day
|Mar. 2016||Third Welch Lecture Series: Social Justice in Appalachia
at EKU Social Work Day. 2013 funded proposals showcase
work at EKU-Social Work Day
|Mar. 2017||Fourth Welch Lecture Series: Social Justice in Appalachia at
EKU Social Work Day
|Mar. 2018||Fifth Welch Lecture Series: Social Justice in Appalachia at
EKU Social Work Day
► I am an Honors student and my thesis is focused on social justice – can I apply for this stipend to help with my research?
Yes, EKU Honors students and Independent Study students are encouraged to apply as part of a student/faculty team.
► What if I am a faculty member and want to apply solo?
You may apply individually or as a student/faculty team. Although preference will be given to student/faculty teams, it is possible that a single faculty applicant may be selected if the overall application is stronger on other criteria.
► I am a student and have an idea on some research; do I need to apply with a faculty member?
Yes, you must work with a faculty member who can mentor and support you through this research. Your timeline for completion should not go beyond your graduation date.
► I am faculty; can include salary as part of my budget?
Yes, you need to complete the Supplemental Pay Request Form, and the Development Office will send the check to Payroll for processing.
Get all the appropriate signatures and send to:
DEVELOPMENT Regina Fultz
Eastern Kentucky University
CPO 19A; 521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
► How may I spend the stipend?
You may need books, supplies or payment for research subjects. The entire amount could be supplemental pay or a stipend (faculty or student). If you prefer to use the stipend for books and supplies, you may keep your receipts and submit them to our office for reimbursement. Reimbursable expenses are not taxed and would not count as ‘income.’
► I am a student and get financial aid…how do I get the stipend for this research and will it affect my financial aid?
Yes, it could affect your financial aid package. It is also possible that you will not receive a check but instead the monies will be applied to your overall financial aid package. You will need to complete a foundation scholarship application form.