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AAG Honors Committee A

(one to be elected)

Kavita PanditKAVITA PANDIT. Professor, Department of Geosciences, Georgia State University.  Ph.D. and M.C.R.P. (Ohio State University), B.Arch. (Bombay University).

Service to the AAG and Geography: AAG Vice President, President, and Past President (2005-2008), AAG Secretary (2004-2005), AAG/SEDAAG Regional Councilor (2003-2005), AAG Long-Range Planning Committee member (2013-2015), AAG Population Specialty Group Vice President, President, and Past President (2002-2005), SEDAAG President and Past President (1997-2001).

Awards and Honors: AAG Fellow (2018), AAG Ron F. Abler Distinguished Service Award (2016), AAG Population Specialty Group Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Board Member (2010-2016), SEDAAG Distinguished Service Award (2006), SUNY Senate President’s Leadership Award (2009).

Academic and Administrative Experience:  I have over 30 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member and university administrator. My research and teaching interests are in the areas of economic geography, population and migration and are best reflected by two symposia that I co-organized: Migration and Restructuring in the United States (1997) and Immigration and America’s Changing Ethnic Landscapes (2002). My university administrative experience includes service as Department Head (UGA, 2003-2005), Associate Dean (UGA, 2006-2007), Senior Vice Provost (SUNY System Administration, 2007-2009), Associate Provost for International Education (UGA, 2009-2016), and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs (GSU, 2016-2020).  Since July 2020, I have been serving as Senior Advisor to the Provost at Georgia State University.

Publications: Over my career, I have published articles in top-tier geography and interdisciplinary journals including: Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Economic Geography, Geographical Analysis, Environment and Planning A, Regional Studies, and Growth and Change. I have also co-edited a book titled Migration and Restructuring in the United States, edited or co-edited special issues of Population, Space and Place and Geographical Review, and co-authored a textbook compilation Introductory Reader in Human Geography.

Michael SolemMICHAEL SOLEM. Professor, Department of Geography, Texas State University. Ph.D. (University of Colorado) and M.S. & B.S. (Penn State).

Service to AAG and Geography: From 2003-2017, I was a full-time staff member at the AAG, holding the positions of Educational Affairs Director and Deputy Director for Research and Education. I currently serve AAG as Senior Advisor for Geography Education and co-Director of the National Center for Research in Geography Education. Since 2002, I have contributed to the AAG’s annual Geography Faculty Development Alliance workshops for early career faculty. As an AAG representative for the Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP), I chaired study groups for an Advanced Placement course in Geographic Information Science & Technology (AP GIS&T) and a Trends in International Geography Assessment Study. I currently serve as Co-Chair of the International Geographical Union's Commission on Geographical Education and am a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and Review of International Geographical Education Online.

Awards, Honors, Grants: I am the 2015 recipient of the AAG Gilbert Grosvenor Honors in Geographic Education. I have twice received the Journal of Geography in Higher Education’s award for promoting excellence in teaching and learning for research on faculty development and graduate education in geography. In 2003 I received the National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award. I have been principal investigator on several large-scale, federally funded projects supporting geography and geographers at all levels of education. My grants include 15 awards from NSF totaling over $5 million.

Research and Teaching Interests: Geography education, particularly 1) curriculum studies and theory, 2) teacher education and professional development, 3) large-scale educational assessment studies, 4) diversity and inclusion, and 5) professional development for geography students and early career faculty.

Publications: My publications include articles in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Research in Higher Education, Education About Asia, The Geography Teacher, the Journal of Geography in Higher Education, and the edited books Aspiring Academics, Teaching College Geography, Practicing Geography, and Learning Progressions for Maps, Geospatial Technology and Spatial Thinking: A Research Handbook.