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Meet Your Regional Division Councilors

The AAG is organized into nine regional divisions representing different regions of the United States. The regional divisions promote the objectives of the association through meetings and activities in their respective areas. Each region is represented by a councilor who focuses on membership at a more local level, while coordinating activities with the AAG council and national office. They are elected to serve for three years. Take a moment to find out more about your current regional division councilor.

East Lakes

Photo of Marcia EnglandMarcia England is a Professor and Chair at Miami University. She is a feminist geographer specializing in geographies of the body, including media representations, disability, and reproduction historically. Her research currently focuses on media portrayals of mental health and the socio-spatial ramifications of those images. More specifically, she looks at how these mental health depictions inform stigma and the trope of a “mad woman.” Current achievements include representation of Miami University in the Mid-American Conference Academic Leadership Development Program and top ranking in the Outstanding Professor Awards in 2021. Dr. England holds degrees in Geography from the University of Washington (BA, MA) and the University of Kentucky (PhD). Her service as East Lakes Councilor will run through June 2024.

To connect, you can reach her at englanmr@miamioh.edu.


Great Plains/Rocky Mountain

Shannon O’LearDr. Shannon O’Lear is a political geographer with interests in environmental geopolitics, critical geopolitics, the South Caucasus, and Science and Technology Studies. An overarching objective of her work is to apply a critical, spatial awareness to bring new insights to bear on dominant understandings of human-environment relationships. She is currently finishing work on an edited book project for Edward Elgar’s Research Agenda series focused on geographies of slow violence, and she is serving as Director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Kansas. Dr. O’Lear is serving as an Expert on the Environmental Science and Human Security Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (AC-ERE) of the National Science Foundation. She is also serving her second year on the AAG’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Dr. O’Lear holds a BA in Geography and Russian and a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Her service as Great Plains Rocky Mountain Regional Councilor will run through 2023.

To connect, you can reach her at olear@ku.edu


Mid-Atlantic 

Tracy EdwardsTracy Edwards, M.A. is a cultural geographer specializing in geographic education and sustainability studies. Her research focuses on a myriad of topics merging teaching & learning in the online realm, integrating student leadership and advocacy in and beyond the classroom, and exploring the relationship between geography / sustainability in academia. Broader research interests include documenting personal narratives of women globally, feminist geopolitics, and experiences of long-term non-tenured faculty in higher education. Tracy earned her undergraduate degree in Geography at Frostburg State University, where she will complete her twentieth year as Lecturer at the conclusion of the Spring 2020 semester. She finished her M.A. from Syracuse University in 2010, and her current status is ADB in the quest to complete a terminal Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership & Instructional Design. Tracy is most proud of her current and past involvement with all things directed toward expanding the world view of students / young persons – having worked with Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), MAD & specifically the MAD Geography Bowl team, the Maryland Geographic Alliance, and with Girl Scouts and other more local initiatives. Tracy has served as an AP Human Geography Reader since 2006, Table Leader since 2015, and in 2018, she initiated the Geographers Give Back campaign at the AP Readings. Tracy looks forward to the opportunities ahead of both her and her two children, EllaRose and Jamison, as they finish high school and begin their own life pathway. Her service as MAD Councilor will run through 2023. 

To connect, you can reach her at TEdwards@frostburg.edu.


Middle States

Photo of Steven SchnellSteven Schnell is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he has been since 2002.  He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D from the University of Kansas.  He is a broadly trained cultural geographer who has published on a range of topics — community supported agriculture, place in comics and graphic novels, ethnic identity and place, and neolocalism.  From 2005-2007, he served as Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the Middle States Division of the AAG, and organized the 2007 annual meeting.  Since 2017, he has been editor of the Journal of Cultural Geography, and before that, he was editor of The Geographical Bulletin, Gamma Theta Upsilon's peer-reviewed journal for student research in geography.  His term as Middle States Division Regional Councilor ends June 2024.

To connect, you can reach him at Schnell@kutztown.edu.


New England-St. Lawrence Valley

Richard KujawaDr. Richard Kujawa is a broadly trained human geographer with interests in a wide array of topics – including environmental planning and policy, political, urban and economic geography, and cloud-based mapping and visualization. His current research focuses on regional scale environmental governance and its responses to climate-change driven extreme events as part of a large multi-institution National Science Foundation grant. Richard teaches at a small Liberal Arts College, Saint Michael’s College, in Vermont where he is an evangelist for Geography and mapping/visualization. He is excited for an upcoming sabbatical for Spring 2022 to delve more deeply into pedagogical methods and products for teaching mapping and visualization. Richard trained as an engineer and urban planner. He holds degrees in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. His service as the regional councilor for the New England and Saint Lawrence Valley region ends in 2022.

To connect, you can reach him at rkujawa@smcvt.edu.


Pacific Coast

Yolonda YoungsDr. Yolonda Youngs is a geographer specializing in human geography, environmental studies, parks and protected areas, geospatial technology and GIS, field methods, tourism, cultural landscapes, visual culture and media, with a regional expertise in U.S. West and Europe. She is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Global Studies and Languages at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Her research focuses on environmental policy and management in national parks, public lands, and protected areas. She is currently working on her second book, Framing Nature: The Creation of an American Icon at the Grand Canyon (under contract with the University of Nebraska Press). Current achievements include a Scholar-in-Residence award at the University of New Mexico (2019), recognition as the Outstanding Researcher at Idaho State University (2018), and the Apple Distinguished Educator Award (2015) for innovative uses of iPads computers in the classroom. Dr. Youngs holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University, a M.S. in Earth Sciences - Geography from Montana State University, and a B.A. in Anthropology (specializing in Archaeology) from Florida State University. Her service as the Pacific West Regional Councilor will run through 2022.

To connect, you can reach her at younyolo@isu.edu.


Southeast

Selima SultanaDr. Selima Sultana is a professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is a human geographer with research interests in the areas of urban and transportation sustainability and national parks. Specific interests include understanding the processes of urban growth dynamics and land use change, travel and commuting behavior and mode choice, and accessibility and transportation justice. For more information, please visit her website: https://ges.uncg.edu/person/sultana. Selima’s service as the Southeast Division Regional Councilor will run through 2023.

To connect, you can reach her at s_sultan@uncg.edu.


Southwest

Photo of Colleen MylesDr. Colleen Myles is a human geographer specializing in political ecology and fermented landscapes. Her research focuses on land and environmental management, (ex)urbanization, sustainability, tourism, agriculture, and the geography of various ferments (such as wine, beer, cider, and spirits). Dr. Myles is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University, and she has published across an array of venues, including in academic journals and presses as well as in more public arenas. She graduated from Sonoma State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Political Science after having studied abroad for a year in Denmark. She then served as a Community-Based Natural Resource Manager in Tanzania with the Peace Corps from 2003-2005. She did her graduate study at the University of California, Davis, first earning a Master’s degree in Community Development in 2007, followed by a PhD in Geography in 2012. Her service as the Southwestern Representative to the AAG Councilor will run through 2024.

To connect, you can reach her at cch64@txstate.edu, https://fermentedlandscapes.wp.txstate.edu or @fermentedlands.


West Lakes

Photo of Heike AlbertsHeike C. Alberts Alberts is a broadly trained human geographer specializing in international migration, but her diverse research interests range from study abroad to chocolate, and from creative approaches to teaching geography to barn quilts. She teaches in the Department of Geography and The Honors College at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Dr. Alberts is a recipient of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award and the College of Letters and Science's Global Education Award. Dr. Alberts was trained in Germany and the United States and holds a Staatsexamen in Geography and American Studies from the Free University Berlin, Germany and a PhD in Geography from the University of Minnesota. Her service as West Lakes Councilor will run through 2024.

To connect, you can reach her at alberts@uwosh.edu.

Regional Division Councilors

The AAG is organized into nine divisions representing different regions of the United States, as well as international representation. The regional divisions promote the objectives of the association through meetings and activities in their respective areas. Each region is represented by a councilor who focuses on membership at a more local level, while coordinating activities with the AAG council and national office. They are elected to serve for three years.

East Lakes

Marcia England (2024)
Miami University


Great Plains-Rocky Mountains

Shannon O'Lear (2023)
University of Kansas


Middle Atlantic

Tracy Edwards (2023), Chair
Frostburg State University


Middle States

Steven M. Schnell (2024)
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania


New England-St. Lawrence Valley

Richard Kujawa (2022)
St. Michael's College


Pacific Coast

Yolonda Youngs (2022)
California State University San Bernardino


Southeastern

Selima Sultana (2023)
University of North Carolina - Greensboro


Southwestern

Colleen Myles (2024)
Texas State University


West Lakes

Heike Alberts (2024)
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh


* (Year) indicates year council term expires