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Vice President

(one to be elected)

DAVID LEY. Professor/Head of Geography and Canada Research Chair, University of British Columbia. PhD (1972), MS (1970) Pennsylvania State University, BA (1968) Oxford University.

Service to Geography. AAG Member since 1972; Associate Editor Annals of the AAG, 1992-93; AAG Urban Geography Specialty Group Board Member, Vice-Chair 1992-93; Chair, 1993-94; Canadian Association of Geographers’ Member since 1972; elected National Councillor 1985-88; Associate Editor, Canadian Geographer, 1989-2002; Institute of British Geographers Member since 1976; IGU Commission on Urban Geography Member (1991-2001); Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant Adjudication Committee (1982-85), Committee Chair (1984-85); Joint Editor, Human Geography Series, Cambridge University Press (1986-90); Editorial Boards, Annals of the AAG (1982-84), Canadian Geographer (1989-2001), Canadian Journal of Urban Studies (1996-2000, 2004-09), Cultural Geographies (2002- ), Ecumene (1992-2001), Geographical Compass (2007- ), Global Networks (2007- ),  Journal of International Migration and Immigration (1999-2009), Social and Cultural Geography (1999-2005), Society and Space (1982-89), Urban Geography (1990-2007).

Honors, Awards, Grants: AAG Distinguished Scholarship Award (2009), Canada Research Chair of Geography (2001-07; 2008-14), Visiting Chair of Geography, King’s College, Univ. London (2008-11), Ralph Brown Day Lecture, Univ. Minnesota (2007), Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor, McMaster Univ (2005), Trudeau Foundation Fellow (2003-06), Distinguished Scholar Award, AAG Ethnic Geography Specialty Group (2004), Distinguished Professor in Residence, Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, UBC (2003), Progress in Human Geography Lecture (2003), Von Humboldt Visiting Scholar, Univ. Nijmegen, Netherlands (2002), Christensen Fellow, Univ. Oxford (2000), Meyer Fellow, National Univ. Singapore (1999), Killam Graduate Mentoring Prize, UBC (1999), Elected to the Royal Society of Canada (1998), Wiley lecture, CAG-RCGS (1998), Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal, Pennsylvania State Univ. (1995), Fellowship, Japan Society for the Advancement of Science (1993), Award for Scholarly Distinction in Geography, CAG (1988). Other Visiting Professorships: Univ. Neuchatel, Switzerland (2007), Hitotsubashi Univ., Japan (1993), Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem (1986), Cambridge Univ. (1986). UBC Director of the Vancouver Centre of the Metropolis Project on Immigration and Integration, $2m 1996-2002, renewed 2002-07; other funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Trudeau Foundation, Province of British Columbia, and others.

Professional Experience: Head, Department of Geography, UBC (1987-8, 2009- ), Chair, Geography Graduate Program, UBC (1994-6, 2006); numerous review and selection committees; many media interviews; taught at all levels from first year to graduate; supervised over 50 MA/PhD theses, completed or in progress; partnerships with NGOs and government.

Research and Teaching Interests: Urban,social and cultural fields of human geography, especially immigration, urbanization, diversity, inequality, state policy, gentrification, and housing markets.

Publications: Ten authored/edited books, including Millionaire Migrants (2010), The New Middle Class and the Remaking of the Central City (1996), and Place/Culture/Representation (edited with J. Duncan, 1993). Over 100 journal articles and book chapters, including papers in the Annals of the AAG, Transactions, Inst. British Geogrs., Canadian Geographer, Die Erde, Progress in Human Geography, Society and Space, Urban Studies, Urban Geography, Global Networks, Economic Geography, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Housing Studies.

Statement: It would be a privilege to represent Geography through the offices of the AAG. I value the discipline’s achievements and am convinced of its scholarly importance in speaking to these difficult times. In international research partnerships and discussion -- across disciplines, with government agencies, with NGOs, and with the media – my experience is that geography’s integrative perspective on place, space and nature at different scales is resilient and persuasive; its techniques of cartography and GIS provide illuminating insights. Before such challenges as climate change and environmental impacts, globalization, economic crisis, global geopolitics, public health, cultural diversity and social inclusion, geographic training and learning have much to offer. Increasingly our best scholarship integrates North American and international research, and internationalization should be increasingly present in our conferences and journals. Geography’s best scholarship needs to be visible to broader audiences in government, the private sector and civil society, to aid the development of healthy departments and fulfilling employment for graduates in a fiscally challenging period. The insights of geographers enhance intellectual life at all post-secondary levels – from community colleges to elite private universities – and I will endeavor to advance the discipline’s status in these arenas.

ERIC S. SHEPPARD. Regents Professor of Geography, and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota. Ph.D. and M.A., University of Toronto (1976, 1974); B.Sc. Hons, Bristol University (1972).

Service to Geography: Member and Chair, AAG Honors Committee (2009-); Vice Chair and Chair, AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group (2000-2004); Chair, AAG Socialist Geography Specialty Group (1990-91, 1980-82); Member, AAG Program Committee (1986); Board of Directors, Urban Geography Specialty Group (1985-88); Organizing committee, AAG Socialist Geography Specialty Group, AAG Transportation Geography Specialty Group. Member, Advisory Board, UCGIS Body of Knowledge Curriculum Project (2005-6); Member, National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Geography (1998-2002); Member, NSF Geography and Regional Science panel (1988-2000); Chair, NCGIA Geographies of the Information Society Panel (1997-99); Member, NCGIA Board of Directors (1993-96); Member, NRC 'Rediscovering Geography' Committee (1993-5); Member, NCGE Education Standards Advisory Board (1993-5). Co-Editor: Environment and Planning A (1998-present), Antipode (1985-91). Editorial Boards: Annals AAG (1981-84; 1997-99, 2005-9), The Canadian Geographer, Human Geography, Dialogues in Human Geography, Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, Geographical Analysis, The International Regional Science Review, Éspaces et Societés, Journal of the Economic Geographical Society of Korea. Co-organizer of seven international geography conferences and workshops.

Honors, Awards, Grants: Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (2005-6); University of Tennessee, Ed Hammond Lecture (2009); Supporting Women in Geography graduate advising award, University of Minnesota (2009); The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Harold Mayer Lecturer (2005); Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Toronto (2004); The Ohio State University David Robinson Lecturer (2003); Fesler-Lampert Professor, in the Humanities, University of Minnesota (2002-4); The University of Kentucky Ellen Churchill Semple Lecturer (2002); The Clark University Wallace Atwood Lecturer (2002); Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts (2001-4); Distinguished Scholarship Honors, AAG (1999); Howard G. Roepke Lecture in Economic Geography (1990). Recipient of approximately thirty grants for research, instruction and graduate education ($1,800,000), from NSF, the Mellon Foundation and other sources.

Professional Experience: Chair, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota (1990-93), Director, Masters of Development Practice (2010-). Visiting Professorships: University of Amsterdam, National University of Singapore, Bristol University, University of Vienna, Business University of Vienna, Melbourne University, University of Indonesia. Visiting Scholar: International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis.

Research and Teaching Interests: Geographical political economy, uneven geographies of globalization, urban politics and policy, geographic information technologies and society, geographical philosophy and method, environmental justice, social movements.

Publications: Co-authored or edited ten books, including The Capitalist Space Economy, A World of Difference, Scale and Geographic Inquiry, The Companion to Economic Geography, and Politics and Practice in Economic Geography. Author or co-author of over 150 articles in refereed journals and book chapters in, e.g., Annals AAG, The Professional Geographer, The Canadian Geographer, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, Antipode, Environment and Planning A, Cartography and GIS, Cartographica, Economic Geography, The Journal of Economic Geography, Society & Space, Geographical Analysis, The Journal of Regional Science, Urban Geography.

Statement: At this time, with the world facing immense challenges, critical and creative research, teaching, and outreach are vital. By making a commitment to global engagement, Geography is ideally placed to play a leadership role. Geography remains my passion because of the diversity of scholarship that it embraces. This makes our discipline an ideal starting point for effectively addressing such ‘wicked’ problems as the inter-linked nature of climate change, market-led globalization, persistent poverty and marginalization. Thus we can and must work toward enhancing rigorous mutual engagement between seemingly separate sub-areas of the discipline. Inclusiveness is also key: We can and must work to maximize the diversity of the situated perspectives, imaginaries and experiences incorporated into Geography. This means recommitting to diversifying our membership, attracting non-whites and other under-represented communities to join our project, and engaging with disadvantaged communities beyond the academy. Our annual meeting’s status as Geography’s global meeting place can become the basis from which US geographers also learn from the expertise and perspectives located outside our Anglophone academy, working with local experts around the world to understand the reciprocal inter-relations between localized events and larger-scale processes. Geography must remain strong throughout public university cutbacks. Through our healthy departments initiative we can share strategies for success and learn from failures. We should lead in strengthening our universities’ and colleges’ international initiatives, while making Geography exciting and relevant to all public school students.