Dr. Tim Ezzell is a Research Scientist at the UT Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment and teaches UT’s Masters of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program. He holds degrees in history and urban and regional planning from Auburn University and the University of Tennessee. He has worked extensively with communities throughout Appalachia promoting sustainable growth, asset-based development, and citizen-driven planning processes. Dr. Ezzell also chairs the UT Appalachian Community of Scholars. He has participated in the ARC sponsored Appalachian Teaching Project since 2002 and represents UT in the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes. In recognition of these efforts, he has been named both an Appalachian Teaching Fellow and an Honorary Appalachian Research Fellow by the ARC.