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AAG Department Leadership Workshop

June 21-24, 2017 
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Registration deadline: May 17, 2017

University of Tennessee Invites Department Leaders for 2017 Workshop

The Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee (Twitter: @UTKGeography) is proud to announce that it will host, in summer 2017, the AAG Department Leadership Workshop. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet, learn with, and share some meals with early career faculty attending the Geography Faculty Development Alliance workshop being held in Knoxville during the same week.

The AAG leadership workshop is for all geographers interested in improving their programs—chairs/heads, associate chairs/heads, deans, academic advisors, provosts and other administrators, as well as all faculty interested in leadership issues. The workshop is particularly well suited for individuals who may soon assume leadership positions.

The Department Leadership Workshop will begin on June 21, 2017 with an evening meal and orientation and end on Saturday, June 24, 2017 with breakfast and wrap-up.  Registration for the Leadership Workshop is $300/person, which covers housing, supplies, meeting space, group transport, facilitator costs, and most meals. Participants are responsible for travel to and from Knoxville (including transport to and from TYS airport), two evening meals, and entertainment. Questions about the AAG Leadership Workshop can be sent to workshop co-leaders Sarah Bednarz, Texas A&M University ( and Derek Alderman, University of Tennessee (

Please note that the deadline for registering the AAG Department Leadership Workshop is May 15, 2017.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state and recently received a Community Engagement Designation from the Carnegie Foundation. The university is the site of the Tennessee Center for Teaching and Learning and located near several area resources, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Beck African American Museum and Cultural Center, and Ijams Nature Center. Knoxville has a revitalized downtown with shops, restaurants, historic theaters, museums, art galleries, and an outdoor farmer’s market a few blocks from campus.   

A stand-alone unit for almost 50 years, the Department of Geography offers B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.  Its award-winning faculty members provide students with the opportunity to study issues that revolve around understanding environmental, social, economic, and technological change—from climate, natural hazards, and ecosystem dynamics to population, urban development, transportation, and human rights. 

Workshop activities will be held in the Burchfiel Geography Building, built for the Department in 2000 and centrally located on campus next to the university’s new student union. The Department of Geography operates a GIS Outreach and Community Engagement Laboratory, and hosts the Tennessee Geographic Alliance and laboratories devoted to geo-spatial analysis, paleoenvironmental research, tree-ring science, cosmogenic isotope analysis, as well as the University of Tennessee’s Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research.