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Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography (EDGE) is a research and action project led by the Association of American Geographers (AAG) to enhance the preparation of geographers for professional careers in education, business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Research on Learning and Evaluation (ROLE)1 and Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE)2 programs, EDGE is:

  • researching issues affecting graduate education, professional development, and employment in geography;
  • publishing print and web materials for improving career preparation and advising;
  • engaging students, professionals, academic departments and employers through workshops and conference presentations; 
  • collaborating with geographers as well as higher education organizations and researchers on efforts to study, support, and enhance graduate education for STEM careers.

All of these activities are pursued in cooperation with geography graduate students, faculty, graduate program directors, department chairs, and other members of the AAG.  For more information about EDGE research, publications, workshops, and outreach activities, please explore the other sections of the EDGE website or contact the project director, Dr. Michael Solem (, 202-234-1450).

1. NSF REC-0439914 ($1,021,369)

2. NSF DRL-0910041 ($993,031)

The Professional Geographer

The Professional Geographer CoverThe Professional Geographer, initially a publication of the American Society of Professional Geographers, became a journal of the Association of American Geographers in 1949. It publishes short articles on academic or applied geography, emphasizing empirical studies and methodologies, as well as book reviews. These features may range in content and approach from rigorously analytic to broadly philosophical or prescriptive. The journal provides a forum for new ideas and alternative viewpoints. Published quarterly.

Online Access

AAG members have exclusive online access to The Professional Geographer. To view the journal online, log in using your AAG member ID and follow the link provided on the Members Only page.

If you are an AAG member who reads the journals online only and you would no longer like to receive hard copies, please contact Michelle Ledoux, AAG Membership Director, at or 202-234-1450.

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