Letcher County native Amanda Fickey is the 2010 recipient of the Women in Geography Award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE), a non-profit organization charted in 1915 that is dedicated to enhancing the status and quality of geography teaching and learning. She will be honored at an awards ceremony during the NCGE annual conference Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Savannah, Georgia.
Fickey was graduated from Letcher High School in 2000 and is a doctoral candidate and instructor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky. Before going to UK, she served as the arts and cultural outreach coordinator for The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from UK and a master’s in folk studies from Western Kentucky University, where she received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, as well as the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Potter College of Arts and Sciences.
Fickey’s research interests include alternative economic practices and regional economic development; she has authored papers in these areas for the Journal of Appalachian
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Her research examines conventional economic development strategies and alternative economic practices in eastern Kentucky’s handicraft industry. She has received the James Brown Research Award for Graduate Research in Appalachia from UK, the Edith Schwab Memorial Scholarship, a UK Student Government Association Graduate Student Scholarship, and a Kentucky Oral History Commission Project Grant. She serves as a strategic planning committee member for the UK Appalachian Center and a steering committee member for the UK Appalachian Research Community.
In May, Fickey was selected to participate in a three-week international economic development and community supported agriculture project conducted by UK on the Isle of Bute, Scotland. While on Bute, she studied agricultural production and distribution practices as well as handicraft production, focusing on opportunities for increasing the amount of locally grown produce and locally made crafts. This project received national attention and was featured on BBC Radio Scotland.
Her parents are Jim and Mona of Red Star. Her younger sister, Alex, is a sophomore at Letcher County Central High School.