Community College Affinity Group


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Seeks to give community college geographers a stronger voice within the discipline and within the AAG by disseminating information about funding opportunities for projects relevant to community college geography, enhancing research and professional development opportunities for community college faculty, and promoting curriculum development of GIS and other technical areas.

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Jacqueline Housel
Sinclair College

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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