TOM MOULD, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Elon University, Director of PERCS: The Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies, and Director of the Honors ProgramPhD, MA, Folklore, Indiana University; BA English Literature, Washington University. Book publications include Still, the Small Voice (2011), Choctaw Tales (2004), Choctaw Prophecy (2003), and the co-edited The Individual and Tradition (2011) and Latter-day Lore (due out in 2013). Public sector work includes documentaries on folk art and culture in Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina, and collaborative work with local museums and archives. AFS service includes serving on the AFS Media Committee and the 2009-2011 AFS-sponsored Teagle Grant. Awards include the Faculty Excellence Award for Research in 2012, and Service in 2006. Current work includes a collaborative research project with community partners, faculty and students to understand the impact of welfare narratives in the US.
I am excited by the efforts of AFS to make our work more accessible—through digital archives, electronic publishing, open access to journals, and the online resources made available through the Open Folklore project. The project is a massive achievement that I am committed to fostering as both an important resource for folklorists as well as a valuable tool for outreach. In terms of outreach, I believe current work building connections to national and international organizations provides a path for additional outreach to students and underserved groups within the society. I also believe outreach to the general public through press releases and a speaker’s bureau could be particularly powerful in situating folklore in the center of public discourse. I am also committed to strengthening the resources we offer our own members. We continue to make great strides in developing folklore resources for K-12 educators. We can build on this expertise to develop similar resources for undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning. The recent Teagle Foundation grant to study "Big Questions in the Disciplines” resulted in a number of ideas for improving teaching and learning. Coupling these ideas with the work already accessible through Open Folklore such as the forum on teaching and the resource bank of syllabi will allow us to better teach the next generation of folklorists.