Participants of the 2008 GFDA workshop gather for a photo

Geography Faculty Development Alliance (GFDA) Early Career and Department Leadership Workshops 2022

These workshops provide opportunities for geographers to thrive at all stages of their careers. The Geography Faculty Development Alliance Early Career Workshop supports early-career faculty, while the Department Leadership Workshop provides support and resources for current and emerging leaders.

June 13, 2022, 8:00am Eastern Time (US and Canada) – June 17, 2022, 5:00pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The GFDA Early Career and Department Leadership Workshops provide support, training, and forums for discussion of concerns and experiences within a full range of professional activities—teaching, research, and leadership. The workshops encourage a culture of success: 1) for early career faculty helping them understand the fundamental interconnections between teaching and research and 2) for department and emerging leaders focusing on improving their programs and approaching leadership issues.


The Geography Faculty Development Alliance (GFDA) Early Career Workshop class of 2017 gathered for a photo at the close of the conference on June 24 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn

Early Career Workshop

The early career workshop is open to graduate students and faculty who are just beginning their careers in higher education — instructors, lecturers, assistant professors, and other untenured faculty. The one-week program is open to faculty from all types of teaching and research institutions inside and outside the US. Learn More

Department Leadership Workshop

The Department Leadership Workshop is for all geographers interested in improving their programs — chairs/heads, associate chairs/heads, deans, academic advisors, provosts and other administrators, as well as all faculty interested in leadership issues. The workshop is particularly well suited for individuals who may soon assume leadership positions. Learn More

About the Geography Faculty Development Alliance Program

The Geography Faculty Development Alliance (GFDA) is a long-term, broad-based project involving several components: summer workshops including the Early Career Faculty Workshop and the Department Leadership Workshop, follow-up seminars, panel discussions, and paper sessions at the annual meetings of the AAG and the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE). There is also a longitudinal evaluation and research component to consider the value of the training to early career faculty during the tenure review process. A final component has involved publishing the workshop materials as a stand-alone course for use in graduate geography programs, including the books Aspiring Academics (2009) and Teaching College Geography (2009). GFDA was founded by Professor Ken Foote of the University of Connecticut with the support of the National Science Foundation and the AAG.

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Aspiring Academics

Practicing Geography

Spatial Narratives