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AAG Nominating Committee

(three to be elected)

KATIE ALGEO. Associate Professor of Geography, Western Kentucky University. PhD (Louisiana State University, 1998), B.S. (Duke University, 1984).

Service to Geography: Board, Pioneer America Society (2011), Board, Friends of Dumont Hill Civil War Site Preservation Organization (2008-present), Treasurer, SEDAAG (2007-2009), Chair and Member, SEDAAG Honors Committee (2005-2006), Editorial Board, Southeastern Geographer (2004-2006), Kentucky State Representative, SEDAAG (2002-2003), Web Master, AAG Rural Geography Specialty Group (2000-2004), Board, AAG Rural Geography Specialty Group (1998-2004), Judge and Moderator, Kentucky State Geography Bee (2002-2010).

Honors, Awards and Grants: Filson Historical Society Fellowship (2008), National Endowment for Humanities Grant (2005), Dissertation Fellowship, Louisiana State University (1996-1997), Regents Fellowship, Louisiana State University (1991-1995)

Research and Teaching Interests: Cultural, historical, and rural geography with a focus on the U.S. South, historical GIS, public memory, tourism geography. I am currently researching and writing a book on the historical geography of tourism to Mammoth Cave.

Other Professional Experience: Software Engineer, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam (1988-1989), Project Leader and Software Engineer, Data General Corporation, RTP, NC (1984-1988, 1989-1991).

Publications: Two chapters in books on rural geography, articles in International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research(forthcoming),Journal of Geography, Southeastern Geographer, Material Culture, Southern Cultures, and The North Carolina Geographer.

WALKER S. ASHLEY. Associate Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, Northern Illinois University. Ph.D. (University of Georgia, 2005), M.S. in Geosciences (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2000), B.S. (University of Georgia, 1997), American Meteorological Society Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM).

Research and Teaching Interests: I am a physical geographer with interests in atmospheric hazards and societal interactions, mesoscale meteorology, applied meteorology/climatology, and the application of GIS in meteorology. I have investigated the casualty geographies of variety of weather hazards, storm morphology of hazardous thunderstorm events, climatology of widespread and long-lived windstorms known as derechos, rainfall patterns of thunderstorm complexes in the U.S., impacts of increasing population and suburban sprawl on tornado vulnerability, and urban enhancement of thunderstorms in the Southeast U.S. My teaching responsibilities include courses in natural hazards, meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, and severe storms.

Publications: Author or coauthor of research papers in The Professional Geographer, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, International Journal of Climatology, Monthly Weather Review, Weather and Forecasting, Meteorological Applications, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Natural Hazards Review, Natural Hazards, and Weather, Climate, and Society.

Grants: Research funding from NSF and local sources.

SCOTT M. FREUNDSCHUH. Professor and Chair of Geography, University of New Mexico.  Employed at UNM since August 2010.  Program Director for Geography and Spatial Sciences and Technical Coordinator for the Spatial Intelligence & Learning Center at the National Science Foundation 2008 - 2010. Associate Professor and Chair in Geography at the University of Minnesota Duluth 1994-2010. Assistant Professor of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland 1990-1994. PhD, Geography, 1992, State University of New York at Buffalo. Member of the AAG since 1985.

Service to Geography and the AAG. I am currently a member of AAG’s Grants and Awards Committee and served on the local organizing committee for the 2010 AAG meetings. I have also served as board member and Chair of the Cartography Specialty Group and the Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography Specialty Group of the AAG.  I am currently the President of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society and the new Managing Editor of the journal Cartography and Geographic Information Science. I served as Editor of Cartographic Perspectives from 2000-2007, and was on the board of the North American Cartographic Information Society from 2005 to 2008. I have served on various Scientific Committees for GIScience 2010, for the Conferences on Spatial Information Theory in 1999, 2001 and 2003, and co-lead (with Holly Taylor, Psychology at Tufts) the NCGIA Varenius Project Specialist Meeting Multiple Input Modes and Multiple Reference Frames for Spatial Knowledge.

Teaching and Research Interest: I have taught courses in cartographic theory, map and graphic design, multimedia and animated maps, and GIScience theory and application. My research interests are in the field of spatial cognition.  I have conducted studies on the role that sources of spatial information, such as maps and navigation play in cognition and learning, have explored the development of spatial concept understanding in small- and large-scale spaces, and have tested the use of novel map representations to perform spatial tasks such as navigation and location tasks. My work is clearly interdisciplinary, involving research relevant to behavioral geography, cognitive psychology and GIScience in general.  At UNM I will be teaching courses within the graduate GIScience program.

Publications: I’ve co-edited a book (with Rob Kitchen) on cognitive mapping, and have numerous publications in various journals including the Professional Geographer, for which I have a forthcoming piece on the Federal Perspective on IRB Processes for Social and Behavioral Sciences, Cartographica, The Cartographic Journal and Geographical Systems as examples. I also have various publications in research texts about cartography and GIScience.

Honors, Awards and Grants: Most notably, my research has benefited from funding from NSERC and SSHRC in Canada, NATO (PI Mike Gould), the NCGIA, the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning for a Lab School Grant on technology integration in the curriculum, and from the University of Minnesota & the University of Sheffield, UK to study the acquisition of spatial concepts from age 3 to adulthood.

JAMES W. (JW) HARRINGTON. Professor of Geography, University of Washington. Affiliate Professor in UW’s Canadian Studies program and in the Interdisciplinary Urban Design & Planning Ph.D. program. Previous academic positions at George Mason University and the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Ph.D. & M.A. in Geography (University of Washington, 1983 & 1980); A.B. in Urban Studies (Harvard University, 1977). Member of the AAG since 1983.

Service to Geography and the AAG: Content Advisory Committee for the National Geography Standards Project, 1992-94; National Councilor of the AAG, 1994-97; Director of the National Science Foundation Geography & Regional Science Program, 1994-97; Rediscovering Geography committee of the National Academy of Sciences, 1994-95; Secretary of the AAG, 1995-97; AAG Centennial Coordinating Committee, 1997-2004; Chair of the AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group, 1998-2000; Chair of AAG Affirmative Action & Minority Status Committee, 1998-2000; Co-chair of the joint AAG/AGS Business, Industry, and Government Affinity Group, 1999-2001; US representative to the IGU Commission on the Dynamics of Economic Spaces, 2000-08; Vice-President, President, & Past President of the Association of Washington Geographers, 2001-07; Chair of AAG Nominating Committee, 2005-06; AAG Enhancing Departments & Graduate Education committee, 2008-09;   AAG Healthy Departments committee, 2008-10; co-organizer of the annual Geography Faculty Development Alliance workshop, 2008-11; co-chair of the 2011 AAG annual meeting Local Arrangements Committee, 2010-11.

Teaching and Research Interests: My specialization has always been the process of and influences on sub-national, regional economic development. I have focused on the reproduction and employment of labor; the growth and distribution of service industries; the role of corporate and business strategy in location and local impact; and the implications of international economic integration for sub-national regional economic development. The courses I have taught most often include the geography of international trade, location theory, geographies of marketing and retail, and regional economic development theory.

Publications. I’ve co-authored one book and have co-edited five books. I’ve written over 30 published articles and chapters. 

Other Professional Experience:  For several years of my career, I’ve focused on non-academic roles that support the work of our academic colleagues. I directed the Geography & Regional Science program at the National Science Foundation for three years; during the last of those years I also served as Science Policy Office for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences directorate.   I served as Geography department chair at UW from 2000-05. More recently, I spent three years as the University of Washington’s Faculty Legislative Representative to the state Legislature and state policy bodies. I am now chairing the UW Faculty Senate, and on the search committee for our next president.

KEITH G. HENDERSON.  Associate Professor, Villanova University (1999-present). PhD. (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 1991), M.S. (The Pennsylvania State University, 1988), B.S. (The Pennsylvania State University, 1986). Assistant/Associate Professor, Louisiana State University (1991-1999).

Service to Geography and the AAG: AAG Council (2006-2009). AAG Ad-Hoc Task Force to update the Statement on Professional Ethics (2009). Middle States Division of the AAG - Regional Councilor (2006-2009), President (2003-2004), Vice-President (2002-2003), and Secretary (2001-2002). Organizer and Host, Annual Meeting of the Middle States Division of the AAG (2004). Local Support Committee for 100th Annual AAG Meeting (2004). President , Delaware Valley Geographic Association (2003-2004). Board of Directors, Climate Specialty Group of the AAG (2001-2003). Board Member of Amer. Meteo. Society Committee on Applied Climatology (1997-2000). Committee to establish a new Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University (2006).

Teaching and Research Interests: My research interests are in the areas of climatology and environmental change. I am particularly interested in the spatial and temporal patterns of climate variability. My past work has focused on both the synoptic circulation patterns associated with climate variations and the environmental impacts of these patterns on water resources and biological activity. I am currently examining the impacts of climate variations on biological seasonality. At Villanova I also teach courses in Natural Hazards, Natural Resources, Global Change, and Geographic Methods.

Publications: Author or Co-Author of research papers in journals such as The Professional Geographer, Physical Geography, Climate Research, Journal of Climate, and International Journal of Climatology, as well as numerous proceedings, invited lectures, and conference presentations.

Honors, Awards and Grants: Recognized with a number of teaching awards at both Villanova and Louisiana State including the Amoco Award as LSU’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher (1996). Villanova Team Service Award for activities of the Campus Environment Team (2005). Course Award from the National University Continuing Education Association (1993). Past research funding through NOAA’s Regional Climate Center program.

SUSANNE C. MOSER. Director and Principal Scientist of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting; Social Science Research Associate, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, and Research Associate, Institute for Marine Sciences, University of California-Santa Cruz.PhD, Geography, 1997, Clark University. Post-doc at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Heinz Center in Washington, DC. Visiting assistant professor at Clark University. Staff scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists (1999-2003) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (2003-2008). Member of the AAG since 1992.

Service to Geography and the AAG: From 1998-2002, member of the Board of Directors of the AAG Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group; 2000-02 HDGC Secretary/Treasurer; 2002-04 HDGC Chair; 1999-2002, member of the Board of the Hazards Specialty Group; 2005-08, member of the AAG Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Committee.

Since 2009, I am a Member of the National Research Council’s standing Geographic Sciences Committee. I represent the interests and perspectives of geography in a number of interdisciplinary forums, including the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Program (2011-), the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment, the Climate Change Adaptation Expert Advisory Group, ICLEI USA (2010-11), the NRC Committee on Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change through the Behavioral and Social Sciences (2009-10), the NRC America’s Climate Choices Science Panel (2008-10), the NRC’s Panel on Strategies and Methods for Climate-Related Decision Support (2007-09), Scientific Advisory Team for the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (2007-), and the Committee on Public Understanding of Science and Technology, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007-11).

I have reviewed manuscripts for leading geographic journals (including theAAG Annals, Geoforum, Geography Compass, Physical Geography, Local Environment, Regional Studies, and Urban Studies), and 17 other journals.

Research and Teaching Interests: My primary research interests fall into three distinct but interrelated aspects of the human dimensions of global change: (1) vulnerability, impacts, and adaptive responses to climate change, (2) effective communication of climate change to engage lay publics and facilitate social change, and (3) decision support and stakeholder engagement.

Despite limited formal teaching opportunities, I am a passionate teacher and have helped develop hands-on teaching materials and strategies. I was a faculty leader for the Geography Faculty Development Alliance summer workshops in 2006 and 2007 for early career geography faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I frequently guest lecturer at universities, provide trainings in my areas of expertise, and advise students from the US, Europe, and Australia. The recipient of excellent mentoring, I try to pay it forward to students at all stages of their education.

Publications: I have published 24 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Science and PNAS; over 25 peer-reviewed book chapters; 20 peer-reviewed reports; one co-edited book on climate change communication (with L. Dilling, Cambridge University Press); two co-edited special journal issues; and I was a key contributor to three major NRC publications.Available at:

Honors, Awards and Grants: I currently serve as Review Editor for an IPCC Special Report on extreme events and adaptation, was a Contributing Author to the Fourth Assessment, and named a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment (withdrawn). I am a fellow of the Donella Meadows Leadership Program (2007-08), Aldo Leopold Leadership Program (2005), the UCAR Leadership Academy (2005), the Global Environmental Assessment Project (1997, 1998); I received an Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Clark University (1997), and received a NSF Dissertation Award (1995). My research support has come from NSF, NOAA, EPA, DOE, ORNL, US Forest Service, the California Energy Commission, WWF, Pacific Council for International Policy, US Endowment for Forestry & Communities, and the Kresge and MacArthur Foundations.