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AAG Careers and Professional Development Webinar Series

This fall the AAG will pilot two new webinar series as a service to AAG members and the wider geography community. Although the topics focus on issues for geographers navigating their early careers and geography leadership building and growing strong academic programs, these subjects can be insightful for everyone.

Both series are an extension of successful AAG efforts to support our members and their work through meetings, workshops and publications. 

We hope these webinars will offer comparable opportunities year-round to larger audiences.

The leadership series was organized by Shannon O’Lear (University of Kansas) and Ken Foote (UConn) and the early career series was organized by Mark Revell (AAG) and Ken Foote.

New for Fall 2020!

October 30, 2020 - Positive Steps Toward Tenure

At this webinar scheduled for 2:50-3:40 p.m. Eastern Time, join panelists Katherine Hankins (Chair, Geosciences, Georgia State University), Benjamin Ofori-Amoah (Chair, Geography, Environment, and Tourism, Western Michigan University), and others as they answer many questions that arise as early career faculty move toward tenure review.

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November 6, 2020 - Charting Your Career Pathway in Geography and Geotechnologies

From 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time, Joseph Kerski will lead this interactive webinar, which is coordinated with the Southeast Division SEDAAG Regional Meeting.

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November 17, 2020 - What's in a Name? Undergraduate Student Perceptions of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability Key Words and Program Names

This leadership webinar features Justin Stoler (University of Miami), Amber Pearson (Michigan State University) and Diana Ter-Ghazaryan (Florida International University). This session is coordinated with the Southwest Regional Division regional meeting and is also part of AAG's recognition of Geography Awareness Week.

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November 20, 2020 - Careers in Geography: A Discussion with Business, Government, and Nonprofit Sector Geographers

In this special webinar offered during Geography Awareness Week, learn from practicing geographers from a broad range of employment sectors who showcase the dynamic career options available to geography graduates.

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If you missed attending the sessions, you may view the recorded versions below. In some cases, transcript links are also included.

Making the Case for Geography

Communicating geography’s value to wider audiences is a long-standing challenge for our field. This leadership series webinar brings together three of our discipline’s leaders, Dave Kaplan, Alec Murphy and Marie Price, who focus on the value of and challenges to the discipline of geography. It was originally held and recorded on Sept. 25, 2020.

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Encroachment or Opportunity? Geography in a World of Interdisciplinary Programs

What are the opportunities and challenges faced by geography departments among a growing number of interdisciplinary programs in closely related fields, such as Environmental Studies, Global and International Studies, GIScience, Urban Studies, Geosciences, Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies? Sometimes geographers have built alliances with nearby disciplines, in others competition has ensued. These issues have led to questions about rebranding, renaming, merging or blending geography with other programs. These four geography leaders have faced these questions as academic leaders in a range of universities.

This leadership series webinar features Grant Saff, Melissa Gilbert, Kavita Pandit, and Hengchun Ye and will be coordinated with the joint, virtual Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference and Middle Atlantic regional AAG meeting. It was originally held and recorded on Oct. 23, 2020.

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