The American Association of Geographers (AAG) was selected by the Carnegie Foundation in 2006 to participate in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Leadership program.
Between 2006-2009, the AAG collaborated with Carnegie and several institutions on efforts to develop and disseminate resources for improving the pedagogical knowledge and training of graduate students. The participating institutions under the Graduate Education theme are Central European University, CIRTL Network, Howard University, Michigan State University, Rutgers University, and University College Cork. Team members for the AAG included Michael Solem (Lead), Beth Schlemper, Teresa Dawson, Kenneth Foote, and Mick Healey.
Through this program, the AAG gained access to Carnegie's resources and expertise in the area of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), while introducing other disciplines through Carnegie to the AAG's work with the Geography Faculty Development Alliance (GFDA), Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education (EDGE) in Geography project, Healthy Departments Initiative, and other related initiatives for higher education. SoTL promotes efforts to bridge the gap between teaching and research through reflection and rigorous research methods focused on teaching practices, pedagogy, and student learning in order to professionalize teaching within various disciplines.