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Careers and Professional Development Sessions

There are many special sessions at the AAG Annual Meeting on careers in geography, professional development, and employment opportunities. Please note this list is subject to change; check the conference program for the latest details. If you would like to volunteer to participate in an AAG-organized activity, or if you have suggestions for outreach related to careers and professional development, please email us at careers@aag.org.

Follow the link for a PDF version of the session information that appears below.

 

Wednesday, April 5

1114: Welcome to AAG
8:00 – 9:40 AM in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by Graduate Student Affinity Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme, American Association of Geographers

1126: Do Your Work: On Solidarity and Scholarship I
8:00 – 9:40 AM in Room 306, Hynes, Third Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1214: Career Mentoring A
10:00 -11:40 AM in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1226: Do Your Work: On Solidarity and Scholarship II
10:00 - 11:40 AM in Room 306, Hynes, Third Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1283: Locational Intelligence: The Future of GIS Technology in Business
10:00 – 11:40 AM in Exeter, Marriott, Third Floor
Sponsored by Business Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1284: Publication and Peer Review in Physical Geography
10:00 – 11:40 AM in Fairfield, Marriott, Third Floor
Sponsored by Geomorphology Specialty Group, Biogeography Specialty Group, Climate Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

WS #1-2: Networking: Promoting Yourself by Making Connections that Count
10:00 – 11:40 AM in Room 204, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1404: Ethical Engagement in Geographical Fieldwork
12:40 – 2:20 PM in Room 104, Hynes, Plaza Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1414: Careers and Professional Development Paper Session
12:40 – 2:20 PM in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1449: GIS Worker Co-ops: Prospects and Experiments
12:40 – 2:20 PM in Beacon E, Sheraton, Third Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

WS #1-5: How to Shine: Polish Your Resume and Cover Letter
12:40 – 2:20 PM in Room 204, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1514: Embracing Diversity: An Open Discussion with the AAG’s Diversity Ambassadors
2:40 – 4:20 PM in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1539: Making Geographic Scholarship Count: Strategies and Alternative Measures for Engaged Scholarship, Practice, and Activism in Geography
2:40 – 4:20 PM in Independence West, Sheraton, Second Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

WS #1-7: Stand Out from the Rest: Nailing Your Career Fair Interaction
2:40 – 4:20 PM in Room 204, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1610: Becoming a Biogeographer: Advice from a Panel of Experts
4:40 – 6:20 PM in Room 111, Hynes, Plaza Level
Sponsored by Biogeography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1612: GeoMentors: Assisting in the Advancement of Geographic Education
4:40 – 6:20 pm in Room 201, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by Geography Education Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1614: Barriers and Opportunities for Women in the Geography STEM Subdisciplines
4:40 – 6:20 pm in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Climate Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1615: Applied Geography in Academia: Content, Curricula, Status, Methods, and Future
4:40 – 6:20 pm in Room 204, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by Applied Geography Specialty Group, Geography Education Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1669: Teaching Qualitative Methods in Geography
4:40 - 6:20 pm in Regis, Marriott, Third Floor
Sponsored by Qualitative Research Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

1683: Business Geography Keynote
4:40 - 6:20 pm in Exeter, Marriott, Third Floor
Sponsored by Business Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

 

Thursday, April 6

WS #2-1: Say it Well: Make an Impression at the Interview
8:00 - 9:40 AM in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

2116: Family, Life, and Work: Strike a Balance
8:00 - 9:40 AM in Room 205, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

2169: Journal Publishing in Geography: Non-commercial Alternatives, and Restoring Control by Academics
8:00 - 9:40 AM in Regis, Marriott, Third Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

2214: Career Mentoring B
10:00 - 11:40 am in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

2216: Preparing Geographers for Government and Nonprofit Careers
10:00 - 11:40 AM in Room 205, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

2241: Location Intelligence: Business Geography Research and Applications
10:00 - 11:40 AM in Liberty C, Sheraton, Second Floor
Sponsored by Business Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

2260: Interdisciplinary Opportunities at the National Science Foundation (NSF)
10:00 - 11:40 am in Fairfax B, Sheraton, Third Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

2402: Enacting an Inclusive Professional Community
1:20 - 3:00 pm in Room 102, Hynes, Plaza Level
Sponsored by Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

2414: The Academic Job Market for Geographers: Strategies for Improving Employment Preparation
1:20 - 3:00 pm in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

2415: Employer Interviews
1:20 - 3:00 pm in Room 204, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

2460: Proposal-Writing Strategies for the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences Program-1
1:20 - 3:00 pm in Fairfax B, Sheraton, Third Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

WS #2-5: GISCI - An Exploration of Professionalism Earl in a Career or Profession
1:20 - 3:00 pm in Room 205, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

2515: Employer Interviews
3:20 - 5:00 pm in Room 204, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

2560: Speed-Dating with an NSF Program Officer - 1
3:20 - 5:00 pm in Fairfax B, Sheraton, Third Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

WS #2-7: Walking the Tightrope: Practical Ideas for Building Inclusive Spaces for Women in Geography
3:20 - 5:00 pm in Room 205, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

WS #2-8: Writing Successfully for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE)
3:20 – 5:00 pm in Beacon A, Third Floor, Sheraton
Sponsored by The Journal of Geography in Higher Education & Taylor Francis Routledge, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

WS #2-13: GeoMentors: A Program Primer and Strategies for Success
3:20 - 5:00 pm in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

 

Friday, April 7

3114: Working Abroad: International Job Opportunities for Geographers
8:00 - 9:40 am in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3116: The Role of Undergraduate Education in the Professional Development of Geographers
8:00 - 9:40 am in Room 205, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by Applied Geography Specialty Group, Geography Education Specialty Group, Community College Affinity Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3125: Decisions and Crossroads in Human Geography Fieldwork
8:00 – 9:40 am in Room 305, Hynes, Third Level
Sponsored by Study of the American South Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3140: Preparing for the Tenure Track Job and Achieving Success in Tenure Track Positions
8:30 – 9:40 am in Liberty B, Sheraton, Second Floor
Sponsored by Africa Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3160: Pregnancy and Parenting in Academia
8:30 – 9:40 am in Fairfax B, Sheraton, Third Floor
Sponsored by Cultural Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3180: The Geography of Entrepreneurship and its Ecosystems I
8:00 - 9:40 am in Berkely, Marriott, Third Floor
Sponsored by Economic Geography Specialty Group, Business Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

WS #3-8: Get the Knowledge You Don't Get in College: A Professional Skills Development Workshop for Entering and Excelling in Sustainable Infrastructure, Environmental and Growth Careers
9:00 am - 12:00 pm in Room 204, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3214: Career Mentoring C
10:00 – 11:40 am in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3216: Preparing Geographers for Business and Private Sector Careers
10:00 – 11:40 am in Room 205, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3227: Doing Geography I: Teaching with Webmaps in the Lower Division Classroom
10:00 - 11:40 am in Room 307, Hynes, Third Level
Sponsored by Community College Affinity Group, Geography Education Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Theme

3260: Developing Innovative Broader Impacts for Proposals Submitted to the National Science Foundation
10:00 - 11:40 am in Fairfax B, Sheraton, Third Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3280: The Geography of Entrepreneurship and its Ecosystems II
10:00 - 11:40 am in Berkely, Marriott, Third Floor
Sponsored by Economic Geography Specialty Group, Business Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

WS #3-5: Preparing Geography Students for the 21st Century Workforce
1:20 - 3:00 pm in Room 204, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3414: Building Tomorrow's Workforce: Leading Employers Discuss Career Pathways to Jobs in Infrastructure, Hospitality, Tech, and Sustainability
1:20 - 3:00 pm in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3416: Social Media and the Academic Life: Strategies in Student Retirement, Teaching, and Professionalism
1:20 - 3:00 pm in Room 205, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by American Association of Geographers, Communication Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3427: Doing Geography II: Teaching with Webmaps in the Lower Division Classroom
1:20 - 3:00 pm in Room 307, Hynes, Third Level
Sponsored by Community College Affinity Group, Geography Education Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3460: Proposal-Writing Strategies for the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences Program - 2
1:20 - 3:00 pm in Fairfax B, Sheraton, Third Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3480: The Geography of Entrepreneurship and its Ecosystems III
1:20 - 3:00 pm in Berkely, Marriott, Third Floor
Sponsored by Economic Geography Specialty Group, Business Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3488: Learning and Applying Tools in Geography: Important Concepts in GIS
1:20 - 3:00 pm in Salon K, Marriott, Fourth Floor
Sponsored by Geography Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Geography Education Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3514: Keynote by Hon. Sec. Ronald L. Walker, Massachusetts Secretary of Labor: Massachusetts's Workforce Investment Programs and AAG Emerging Workforce Scholars Recognition Ceremony
3:20 - 5:00 pm in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3515: Professional Development in Geography Education: Geospatial Technologies, Spatial Thinking, and Geographic Inquiry
3:20 - 5:00 pm in Room 204, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by Geography Education Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3516: Strategies for Thriving as a Stand-Alone Geographer
3:20 - 5:00 pm in Room 205, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3527: Teacher Professionalization in Geography Education
3:20 - 5:00 pm in Room 307, Hynes, Third Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3560: Speed-Dating with an NSF Program Officer - 2
3:20 - 5:00 pm in Fairfax B, Sheraton, Third Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme 

3580: The Geography of Entrepreneurship and its Ecosystems IV
3:20 - 5:00 pm in Berkeley, Marriott, Third Floor
Sponsored by Economic Geography Specialty Group, Business Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3614: Teaching and Advising about Careers in Geography
5:20 - 7:00 pm in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3616: Publishing Books with Top University Presses and Commercial Publishers
5:20 - 7:00 pm in Room 205, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by China Specialty Group, Development Geographies Specialty Group, Asian Geography Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Economic Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

3680: Panel Discussion: The Geography of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
5:20 - 7:00 pm in Berkeley, Marriott, Third Floor
Sponsored by Economic Geography Specialty Group, Business Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme


Saturday, April 8

4160: Proposal-Writing Strategies for the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences Program - 3
8:00 – 9:40 am in Fairfax B, Sheraton, Third Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

4185: Graduate Student Health and Wellbeing: A Frank Discussion I
8:00 - 9:40 am in Salon H, Marriott, Fourth Floor
Sponsored by Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group, Graduate Student Affinity Group, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

4214: Career Mentoring D
10:00 - 11:40 am in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

4239: Task Force on Mental Health: Continuing the Conversation on Mental Health in the Academy
10:00 - 11:40 am in Independence West, Sheraton, Second Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

4260: Speed-Dating with an NSF Program Officer - 3
10:00 – 11:40 am in Fairfax B, Sheraton, Third Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

4285: Graduate Student Health and Wellbeing: A Frank Discussion II
10:00 – 11:40 am in Salon H, Marriott, Fourth Floor
Sponsored by Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group, Graduate Student Affinity Group, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

4414: The Web GIS Evolution: Implications for Curricula
1:20 – 3:00 pm in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Geography Education Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

4484: Best Practices for Teaching in a Web-based Learning Environment
1:20 – 3:00 pm in Fairfield, Marriott, Third Floor
Sponsored by Geography Education Specialty Group, Community College Affinity Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

4485: Graduate Student Health and Wellbeing: A Frank Discussion III
1:20 – 3:00 pm in Salon H, Marriott, Fourth Floor
Sponsored by Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group, Graduate Student Affinity Group, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

4514: Behind the Funding: Former NSF Program Officers Discuss Successful Proposal Submission
3:20 - 5:00 pm in Room 203, Hynes, Second Level
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

 

Sunday, April 9

5168: WWW: Women Workers Worldwide - Within and Outside the Shopfloor
8:00 - 9:40 am in St. Botolph, Marriott, Second Floor
Sponsored by AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

5141: Teaching GIS in Africa
8:00 - 9:40 am in Liberty C, Sheraton, Second Floor
Sponsored by Africa Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme

5583: Learning and Applying Tools in Geography: Interdisciplinary Applications of GIS
4:00 - 5:50 pm in Exeter, Marriott, Third Floor
Sponsored byGeographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Geography Education Specialty Group, AAG Careers and Professional Development Theme