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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 with 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 Professor Ken Foote of the University of Connecticut).

Early Career GFDA Workshop

The early career workshop will be held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in June 19-25, 2016.  It 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. (The 2016 GFDA Early Career Workshop is co-led by Professor Derek Alderman of the University of Tennessee).