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Practicing Geography

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Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment is a comprehensive new resource from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and Pearson, designed to prepare students for STEM careers in business, government, and non-profit organizations. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this project brings together members of the geography community to discuss workforce needs, expectations, and core competencies in professional geography, profiling the professional applications of and opportunities in geography today. Practicing Geography presents dozens of geographers applying their knowledge, skills, and perspectives in communities, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, both domestically and internationally.

Aspiring Academics


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Aspiring Academics is a set of essays designed to help graduate students and early career faculty get started in their careers in geography and related social and environmental sciences. Rather than viewing faculty work as a collection of unrelated tasks, Aspiring Academics stresses the interdependence of teaching, research, and service and the importance of achieving a healthy balance in professional and personal life. Drawing on several years of research, the chapters provide accessible, forward-looking advice on topics that often cause the most stress in the first years of a college or university appointment:

  • Time Management
  • Career Planning
  • Developing Collegial Relationships
  • Balancing Personal and Professional Lives
  • Succeeding at Tenure and Beyond
  • Designing Significant Learning Experiences
  • Active Learning
  • Advising Students
  • Ethical Teaching in Practice
  • Teaching Diverse Students: Teaching for Inclusion
  • Preparing Competitive Research Grant Proposals
  • Ethical Research in Practice
  • Academic Publishing
  • Working Across Disciplinary Boundaries

Aspiring Academics also features a companion website offering dozens of activities that can be used in workshops, seminars, and informal gatherings of graduate students and faculty. Written in a spirit of collegiality and sharing of support, visitors to the website can post comments related to the chapters, participate in electronic discussions, and contribute their own resources and tips for others.

Download Spanish translations [PDF] of five chapters from Aspiring Academics: Time Management, Academic Publishing, Active Learning, Preparing Competitive Research Grant Proposals, and Advising Students. Download Now» 

Teaching College Geography

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Whether you are a graduate teaching assistant or the full instructor of a course, Teaching College Geography provides a starting point for becoming an effective geography teacher from the very first day of class.

Divided in two parts, the first set of chapters in Teaching College Geography address “nuts-and-bolts” issues of teaching in the context of new technologies, student demographics, and institutional expectations that are the hallmarks of higher education in the 21st century. In the second part, chapters explore other important issues: effective teaching in the field; supporting critical thinking with GIS and mapping technologies; engaging learners in large geography classes; and promoting awareness of international perspectives and geographic issues.

Teaching College Geography is based on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), a broad-based, international movement to create more effective linkages between teaching and research in all disciplines. SoTL encourages all academics to become critically reflective teachers who constantly consider the effectiveness of their practices, keep abreast of research on teaching and learning, and contribute to the process of educational improvement by sharing innovations with peers and students. Toward that end, the book’s chapters include activities that can be completed in workshops, seminars, and informal gatherings of graduate students and faculty. Visitors to the book's companion website can find additional activities, post comments related to the chapters, participate in electronic discussions, and share their own resources and tips with others.