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AAG Honors Committee A

(one to be elected)

Darrel Hess

DARREL HESS. Professor of Geography, City College of San Francisco (1990 to present); M.A. Geography (UCLA, 1990); B.A. Geography (University of California, Berkeley, 1978).

Service to the AAG: In 2006 established the AAG Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship to provide financial support for undergraduate geography majors transferring from community colleges to four-year universities; in 2010 co-founded the AAG Community College Travel Grants to support community college geography students attending the AAG Annual Meeting.

Other Professional Service: Department Chair of Earth Sciences, City College of San Francisco, from 1995 to 2009; member of the City College of San Francisco Academic Senate Executive Council for four years; Peace Corps Volunteer teacher, Jeju Island, South Korea, from 1978 to 1980.

Honors and Awards: Recipient of the AAG 2014 Gilbert Grosvenor Honors in Geographic Education.

Teaching and Research Interests: I teach introductory courses in physical geography, physical geography laboratory, cultural geography and economic geography. My current writing and instructional interests involve expanding and enhancing field experience opportunities for students in physical geography—especially for students at colleges that lack the resources to sponsor off-campus field trips.  These include creating “virtual” field trips using programs such as Google Earth™, and creating self-guided field trips such as those that accompany the California Edition of my physical geography textbook.

Publications:  Author of McKnight’s Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation, eleventh edition (Pearson, 2014). I began working as Tom McKnight’s coauthor with the sixth edition of this textbook, and became the book’s sole author with its ninth edition. The California Edition of this physical geography textbook includes field guides for the state and is now in its third edition.  I am author of Physical Geography Laboratory Manual, eleventh edition (Pearson, 2014), that I first developed for the fifth edition of McKnight’s physical geography textbook. I am also a contributing author to the Pearson Prentice Hall Geoscience Animation Library, a collection of teaching animations for geography, geology and oceanography textbooks.


David Lanegran

DAVID A. LANEGRAN. John S Holl Distinguished Professor, Department of Geography, Macalester College, (1969 –present); Ph.D. , M.A. ( University of Minnesota, 1970, 1967), B.A. ( Macalester College )1963

Service to AAG: Treasurer (1987-1989); National Councilor ( 1986‑89); Member, Geographic Education National Implementation Project, (1987‑1996), Chairman, (1987-1989), Co‑chair, Local Arrangements, Meeting of West Lakes Division of AAG (1988); Member, Joint Committee on Geographic Education of the National Council for Geographic Education and AAG( 1983‑85); Member, Panel on Geographic Education, Commission of College Geography ( 1971) Member, Special Task Force on Metropolitan Education, Commission of Geographic Education (1971).

Other Professional Service: Member National Geographic Society Alliance Coordinators’ Advisory Council 2013-2016. Chief reader Advanced Placement Human Geography Exam ( 2008-2013); Member and Chair APHG Test Development Committee ( 1996-2003); President and Vice President National Council for Geographic Education (1995-1998); Member, Executive Board NCGE( 1991-93);Chair, Membership Committee, NCGE(1998- 2000); Chair George Miller Award Committee( 2003-2004); Chair, Local Arrangements, National Convention of NCGE ( 1991); Coordinator, Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education, 1987—present).

Honors, Awards and Grants (Selected): Distinguished Citizen Award Macalester College( 2014); Special Award  College Board’s Advanced Placement Program for contributions to the development of Advanced Placement Human Geography (2013) Gilbert Grosvenor Honors for Geography Education – AAG( 2012); George J Miller Award for Distinguished Service to Geographic Education, NCGE (2008); Alumni Service Award” Macalester College( 2008); Distinguished Alumni Award” College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota (2005); Thomas Jefferson Award Recipient, Robert Earl McConnell Foundation, Macalester College(1996),  Distinguished Visitor in Geography, Georgia University Center (1992); Burlington‑Northern Award for Teaching Excellence, Burlington Northern Foundation (1988); Special Citation of Geographic Society of Chicago for Guidelines for Geographic Education ( 1985); Award for Excellence, Minnesota Society of American Institute of Architects (1978); Named one of the ten outstanding College or University teachers of Geography by Educational Change Magazine (1977).  P.I or Co-PI for grants totaling over $5 million from federal,( Library of Congress, FIPSE, NEH, NSF) National Geographic Society, private foundations, corporations and State of Minnesota sources. Geography Consultant for Iron Range; Minnesota Building America  an Emmy Winning documentary by Twin City Public TV (2010).

Research and Teaching Interests: Geographic Education, Urban Geography, Human Geography, History of Cartography.

Publications: Author or co-author of 14 books and over 80 refereed articles, book chapters, research reports  and commentaries in a variety of publications in including the Journal of Geography, Urban Geography, International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, Architecture in Minnesota, Planning and Development, The Professional Geographer, Annals of The AAG, NASSP Bulletin, International Journal of Social Education, Teaching Geography (In Russian), Daedalus, Journal of Korean Geographical Society, Geographische Rundschau International, and Journal of Research on Technology in Education.