AAG Special Surveys
The AAG occasionally conducts special surveys to collect data and information on topics important to the AAG and our discipline. These surveys have included:
In 2015, the AAG conducted a comprehensive survey of its members with the objectives of understanding current member perceptions, identifying areas where the AAG is successfully delivering value, and uncovering opportunities to provide greater value and support to the field in the future. The results painted a positive picture of the AAG and member satisfaction.
In 2010, the AAG conducted a survey of geography departments within the U.S. in order to gain a better understanding of overall student and faculty diversity, student enrollment and degree completion rates by ethnicity and gender, and faculty salary rates by rank. The survey was conducted again in 2015 and 2016 and will henceforth be conducted annually in order to gauge longitudinal diversity and salary trends.
In 2004, with support from Carnegie Foundation and the American Council on Education, the AAG conducted a survey of its postsecondary faculty membership to examine patterns of international collaboration and the extent that geographers support an internationalized curriculum.
The AAG’s ALIGNED project was a three-year [2011-2013] pilot study funded by the National Science Foundation which sought to align the needs of university departments and underrepresented students. The project drew upon the intellectual wealth of the discipline to inform and transform ways in which departments envision and realize their own goals to enhance diversity. Numerous departmental diversity surveys were conducted throughout the project's period of activity.
The Geography Faculty Development Alliance (GFDA) is a long-term, broad-based project begun in 2002 by Professor Ken Foote to improve the learning and teaching of geography in higher education. Over the years, GFDA has conducted numerous surveys on faculty development and mentoring.
From 2005 to 2013, the AAG’s EDGE project aimed to enhance the preparation of geographers for professional careers in the education, business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the EDGE project conducted extensive surveys of employers and professional geographers, graduate students, and higher education faculty.
In 2017, the AAG plans to conduct its first annual graduate placement survey in order to gain a better understanding of the job market for recent geography graduates. The survey will be administered to geography departments throughout the U.S. The main objectives will be to determine on average how long it takes geography graduates to find jobs upon graduation, what kinds of jobs graduates are finding, and how job opportunities differ by degree level.