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  • 2nd CFP AAG 2018: Teaching Undergrad Geography Service Courses with a Political Ecology Framework

    CALL FOR SESSION PARTICIPANTS EXTENDED: 2018 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting
    I have openings for a couple more participants in this panel, if anyone is interested!

    April 10-14, 2018
    New Orleans, LA
    Panel Session Organizer: Gary R. Schnakenberg, Michigan State University
    Teaching Undergraduate Geography Service Courses with a Political Ecology Framework
    Geography faculty in departments of all sizes in higher education are frequently called upon to teach 'service' classes. These can number as few as 15 students or as many as 200 or more, but are intended to reach students from across the institution. Populations of students in these classes frequently include geography-oriented majors, established majors in other programs – some fraction of whom might need geography courses, such as those in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies – and 'undecided' students. At some institutions, while not necessarily the courses with the largest total enrollments, they can have large class sizes that make seminar-style engagement extremely difficult, if not impossible.
    At the same time, while some institutions offer a specific course entitled 'Political Ecology' (PE) or a variant, many do not. Because of the breadth of PE approaches, however, it offers rich potential for getting students to engage in thinking about the ways in which humans interact with/shape/are shaped by their environment and how that environment is conceptualized.
    This session seeks to present a panel of 4-6 participants who teach courses in higher education, especially in those course formats described above, and who self-identify as working with a PE framework. Questions to be addressed can include but are not limited to:
    How have students engaged with the ideas and concepts in these courses? To what degree have PE-framed concepts been embraced/resisted by students?
    What pedagogical strategies and resources have been employed, and to what effect? What strategies are more useful than others?
    What types of assessments have been used? Which ones work best? How has the format/structure of the course affected assessment choices? Are there assessments you would prefer, but do not employ?
    How effective has the course been in achieving instructional outcomes?If you are interested in taking part in this panel, please contact Gary Schnakenberg, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, Michigan State University ( by November 7, 2017. I am hoping to have a panel of 5-7 participants.

    Gary Schnakenberg
    Michigan State University

  • Call for Nominations: Economic Geography Specialty Group Board

    3 November 2017

    Dear EGSG members:

    It is that time of the year when we must plan for new elections for the Economic Geography Specialty Group Board : 

    We have vacancies for the following positions:

    - At-large board member (two-year term: 2018 and 2019)
    - At-large board member (two-year term: 2018 and 2019)
    - Student representative (one-year term: 2018)

    Elections will be held in December 2017 by electronic ballot. 

    All terms begin in January 2018.

    Please send your nominations (specifying the position) directly to me at by December 1, 2017. 

    If you are nominating someone, please make sure the individual agrees to run for election.

    We ask that all candidates send in a brief statement (100-150 words) about themselves to be included on the ballot.

    Thank you.


    Dr. Jennifer Clark 
    Georgia Institute of Technology 

    Chair, Economic Geography Specialty Group
    American Association of Geographers
    tel. 404.385.7224 


    For reference…the announcement of the last Board Elections results is included below:


    Dear EGSG members: 

    I’m pleased to report the results of our recent election.  

     Vice Chair/Treasurer  (Jan 2017 to Dec 2018) and future chair (Jan 2019 - Dec 2020): 

    Peter Kedron, Oklahoma State University, USA 
     At-large board members (Jan 2017 - Dec 2018): 

    Abigail Cooke, University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA
    Kean Fan Lim, University of Nottingham, UK
    Student representative (Jan 2017 – Dec 2017): 

    Andrew Hoyt, University of North Texas, USA
     Congratulations to all and thank you again for agreeing to serve. 

     And a note of special appreciation for their service to EGSG to our outgoing board members:

    Chair: Robin Leichenko, Rutgers University, USA
    At-Large Board Member: Anne Bonds, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
    Student Representative: Jessa Loomis, University of Kentucky, USA
    At-Large Board Member now serving as EGSG’s Vice Chair: Peter Kedron
     EGSG’s new leadership joins our incumbent board members:

     Chair: Jennifer Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
     At-large board members:

    C. Patrick Heidkamp, Southern Connecticut State University, USA
    Harrison Campbell, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA
    Please see the EGSG website for more information about the specialty group:

  • 5th Graders in Baltimore County Using GIS to Collect Biodiversity Data

    Read more about how 5th graders in Baltimore County use the Collector App to go out in the field to collect biodiversity data!