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Rewarding Opportunity for Community College Geography Faculty & Students

2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA from March 29th to April 2nd

Join friends and colleagues for the best opportunity for face-to-face networking and for learning about new developments in geography education and research.

Each year, the Community College Affinity Group (CCAG) and Geography Education Specialty Group (GESG) sponsor a broad program of paper, poster and panel sessions directly relevant to geography educators at all levels. These sessions are the direct result of the participatory focus of both education-related groups!

The meeting is also helpful to students! They can explore our sub-disciplines, job prospects and the professional world after college. We support students in a variety of ways. We offer travel and participation awards. Our generous member, Darrel Hess supports the Community College Geography Scholarship, see eligibility, deadline and application instructions.

Early Registration Discounts Available
Register for the Annual Meeting and renew your AAG membership online. When you renew, you can also join the CCAG or GESG to receive announcements on the sponsored sessions, workshops and field trips at the Annual Meeting.
Early registration deadlines are January 20 and March 24, 2016.

To register go to

Ways to Support Your Students’ Participation
Travel Grants Available for Community College Students
The Community College Travel Grant is awarded to outstanding students from community colleges, junior colleges, city colleges, or similar two-year educational institutions to attend the next AAG Annual Meeting. Generously provided by Darrel Hess and Robert and Bobbé Christopherson, the award consists of meeting registration, one year membership in the AAG, and a travel expense subsidy of $500 toward the cost of attending the AAG Annual Meeting.

Deadline for Travel Grant application is November 1, 2015.

For more information review the Eligibility, Criteria, and Application details.

Participating in Sessions
Students that participate in a poster or paper session can receive $50 towards travel and half-off their meeting registration (which will depend on date of registration). Up to 5 students, first-come and first-serve, can receive this award.

Faculty, consider allowing your students to complete a paper presentation or poster as a special project in your Geography course. Students, approach your Geography instructor with the idea!

Deadline for consideration is March 1, 2016.
Contact Chair Sarah Goggin

Ways to Support Your Participation
Conference Volunteer Opportunity for Students and Qualifying Faculty
Student, unemployed or underemployed geographers who are AAG members can apply to donate some of their time to help offset their meeting registration costs. Applicants must be registered and paid for the meeting to be selected. This program is very popular and not all that apply are assigned shifts. Early applications and flexible availability have the best chances for selection.
Deadline for application is January 30, 2016.
For more information review the Eligibility, Shift, Reimbursement, and Application details.

TIP: Contact Your Campus for Funding Opportunities Faculty, contact your campus Professional/Staff Development Office to find out if there are funding opportunities for attending and/or participating in professional conferences. Funding availability usually depends on each campus’ budgets and policies.

Ways you can get involved

1. Present in a paper, poster or panel session. For paper sessions, only an abstract is needed.

2. Participate in a workshop or field trip.

3. Organize your own paper, poster or panel session, workshop or field trip.

4. Attend an Affinity or Specialty Group Business Meeting.

5. Sponsor a student attendee for a Travel Grant.

6. Serve as a Career Mentor or Conference Volunteer.

Past Session Topics

  • Best Practices in World Regional Geography
  • Careers in Geography
  • Diversity Discipline
  • Fieldwork: in groups, independently
  • Geospatial thinking and technologies
  • GIS Programming
  • Social Media
  • Service-Learning
  • Teaching with Webmaps
  • Teaching beyond Textbooks

Benefits you get

"I never miss the Annual Meeting. Each year I leave with new teaching ideas to implement and new professional contacts to collaborate with."

Sarah Goggin
Cypress College
Chair, CCAG
Vice-Chair, GESG

"The AAG Annual Meeting is a time for me to recharge and reconnect with my peers from across the country. At the meeting I am able to talk about challenges that are common to us all, and collaborate on new projects that are exciting and challenging."  

Kerry Lyste
Everett Community College
past-Chair, CCAG


Contact Sarah Goggin at