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Geography Faculty Development Alliance

The Geography Faculty Development Alliance (GFDA) is a long-term, broad-based project to provide early career faculty and advanced doctoral students wit the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to excel I the lecture hall, seminar room, and laboratory.

Key objectives of the project are to foster a culture of support and success for early career faculty, to help them understand the fundamental interconnections between their teaching and research, and to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning across the entire discipline (GFDA was founded by Ken Foote).

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Early Career GFDA Workshop

The early career workshop is open to graduate students and faculty who are just beginning their careers in higher education. The one-week program focuses on topics that are frequently the source of the greatest stress in the first years of a college or university appointment.

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Geography's Mentor-in-Chief: A Celebration of Ken Foote and the Geography Faculty Development Alliance

Ken Foote initiated the GFDA in 2002 and led the workshops through 2015. In appreciation of his service to the discipline of geography, participants and leaders from each year of the workshops shared their memories in a photo book that was presented to Ken as a gift. Their statements attest to the value of the workshops for early career faculty. You can download the book as a PDF here. Hardcopies may be ordered by contacting Michael Solem at the AAG.