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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 within the full range of their profession activities—teaching, research, and service-leadership.

Key objectives of GFDA 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 is also committed to assisting early career professionals in addressing the important issues of diversity & inclusion, public outreach, science advocacy, communication skills, work/life balance, the tenure/promotion process.

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 summer of 2017.  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 Eric Fournier (Samford University) and Professor Derek Alderman (University of Tennessee). 

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