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Susan CutterSUSAN L. CUTTER. Carolina Distinguished Professor, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina (1993-present); Ph.D., M.A. (University of Chicago, 1976, 1974), B.A. (California State University East Bay, 1973).

Recent Service to AAG: President, Vice President, and Past President (1999-2001); AAG Representative to COSSA (2001-2003, 2005-2011); Publications Committee (2007-2009); Long Range Planning Committee (2003); AAG Executive Director Search Committee (2002); Honors Committee (1998), Honors Committee & chair (1997); SEDAAG Honor Committee (1994); Nominating Committee & chair (1991); Editorial Board—Annals of the AAG (2006-09; 2014-present); Southeastern Geographer (1996-2004).

Other Recent Professional Service: Member, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (BESR) (2013-present); Member Committee on Geographical Sciences, NRC (2004-2008); Committee Chair for three NRC reports, member for five other reports, Member NSF Social and Behavioral and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee (2008-2013); Member NSF Environment Research and Education Advisory Committee (2008-2013), President of COSSA (2007-2008); Member U.S. Army Corps of Engineers IPET Study on Socioeconomic Consequences of the New Orleans Levee failure (2006); Vice-Chair AGU Focus Group on Natural Hazards (2009-2012); Coordinating Lead Author, IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) (2009-2012); Coordinating Lead Author, U.S. National Climate Assessment (Urban Systems, Infrastructure, and Vulnerability Chapter) (2011-2013); Vice-Chair and Member, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Scientific Committee (2009-2014); Member, National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee, NIST (2011-2015), Review Editor, Chapter 17, IPCC Assessment Report 5 (2013-2014); Founding Editor, Environmental Hazards (1998-2004); Executive Editor, Environment (2008-present); Associate Editor, Weather, Climate, and Society (2008-present).

Honors, Awards and Grants: Lifetime Achievement Award, AAG (2010); Southeastern Conference (SEC) Faculty Achievement Award (2013), Elected Fellow, AAAS (1999), MunichRe Foundation Chair in Social Vulnerability (2009-2012). Over $10 million in grants as P.I. or Co-P.I. from federal (NSF, NOAA, NASA, USGS, FEMA/DHS), state, private, and foundation sources.

Research and Teaching Interests: hazards, disasters, and risk; environmental inequality and justice; regional geography of North America.

Publications: Published more than 150 refereed journal articles and book chapters in a variety of outlets including Annals of the AAG, Professional Geographer, Bulletin of the AMS (BAMS), Natural Hazards, International Journal of Health Geographics, Global Environmental Change, Risk Analysis, Natural Hazards Review, CAGIS, Disasters, Transactions in GIS, Environment, and Weather, Climate and Society among others. I have also co-edited four books (The Geographical Dimensions of Terrorism; Geography and Technology; Presidential Musings from the Meridian; Geographical Snapshots of North America) and authored or co-authored eight books including Hazards, Vulnerability, and Environmental Justice (Earthscan, 2006) and Hurricane Katrina and the Forgotten Coast of Mississippi (Cambridge University Press, 2014).


Rickie SandersRICKIE SANDERS. Professor, Geography/Urban Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia.  Ph.D. in Geography (OSU, 1982), M.S. Urban Planning (Tulane University, 1973), B.A. Sociology, Southern University, 1969.

Service to the AAG (2010-2013): Board Member, ALIGNED Project (Addressing Locally-tailored Information Infrastructure & Geoscience Needs for Enhancing Diversity), funded by the National Science Foundation; Board Member, Research on Catalyzing Geographies of Broadening Participation Project, funded by the National Science Foundation; Member, Enhancing Diversity Task Force; Member, Committee on the Status of Women in Geography; Member, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group.

Other Professional Service (2005-2013): Chair, Department of Geography/Urban Studies, Temple University; Director, Women’s Studies Program, Temple University; Coordinator, Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium; Participant, Provost’s Teaching Academy, Temple University; Invited presenter, Geography Faculty Development Alliance University of Colorado/Boulder (2008); Reviewer UNC Press, Antipode, Journal  of Geography in Higher Education, Gender Place and Culture, CHOICE/ALA, Pruitt Minority Fellowship/Society of Women Geographers; Member, Temple University Gen Ed Executive Committee; Board Member, American Geographical Society; Member, Temple University Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color.

Professional Experience: Associate to Full Professor, Temple University; Assistant Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Faculty Fellow, Center for the Humanities at Temple; Associate Professor, Indiana University; Visiting Scholar, York University, Department of Women’s Studies, Toronto, ON, Canada; Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.

Honors and Awards (selected): National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching Award; Association of American Geographers Enhancing Diversity Award; Association of American Geographers Gil Grosvenor Award for Outstanding Teaching; Temple University College of Liberal Arts Alumni Eleanor Hofkin Award for Outstanding Teaching; Ohio State University, Distinguished Minority Alumni Award; American Association of University Women Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award Special Commendation (for Directorship of the NSF funded Finding A Way Project); College of Arts and Sciences, Temple University/Teaching Improvement Center Distinguished Teaching Award; NSF, USAID, DOE, and AAUW  grants; Invited Lecturer, California State University San Bernardino; Cal Poly Pomona; Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster.

Teaching Interests: Urban, social, geographic education, photography. 

Publications: Author or co-author of over 40 articles, book chapters, research reports, and commentaries in venues such as The Professional Geographer, the Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Gender Place and Culture, Antipode, the Journal of Geography, Children’s Geographies, Revista Artemis, International Research in Geographic and Environmental Education, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Socio-economic Planning Sciences.