Teaching Geography: Understanding the Why and How of Effective and Equitable Teaching at Univ. Level

This working group will provide graduate students with the resources and training they need to start preparing for careers as geography educators. Through peer leadership and support, each participant will receive guidance and feedback on different aspects of course design, time management, and student engagement.

June 8, 2022, 11:30am Eastern Time – August 19, 2022, 3:00pm Eastern Time

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Graduate leaders

Photo of Dylan TurnerDylan Turner, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dylan Turner is a first-year PhD student in geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has two years of teaching assistant experience where he has been responsible for planning and leading a discussion section each week, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. He wants graduate students to succeed after graduation and believe that this working group will help prepare them for the teaching responsibilities they will take on in their future careers.

Hannah PartridgeHannah Partridge, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Hannah Partridge is a first-year Geography PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has been designing, leading, and evaluating educational programs for a wide variety of audiences since 2018 and has two years of university-level teaching experience, including one semester serving as a lab instructor. Her primary goal in her classes is to present engaging material and activities that are suitable for the unique audience, and she hopes to help fellow graduate students work towards this goal as well.

Eligibility and capacity

We will select up to 20 graduate students to participate in this working group. Selection will be based on your AAG membership status, your research needs, and time of registration. If you are selected, we will notify you ahead of the working group and provide you all the working group details and session links. If you are selected, the expectation is that you will participate in all sessions of the working group.


This working group is open to graduate students in a variety of fields and points in their degrees, but selected participants should have an interest in teaching. Participants do not need to have previously taught a course or served as a teaching assistant. While this working group will be geared towards university-level instruction, the information and practices would also be useful to someone that plans to teach K-12 or community education.

Detailed schedule

This working group will meet at the following times (Eastern Time):

  • Session 1: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Wednesday, June 8
  • Session 2: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Tuesday, June 14
  • Session 3: 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday, July 15
  • Session 4: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Wednesday, July 20
  • Session 5: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Thursday, August 4
  • Session 6: 11:00 am – 1:00pm, Friday, August 12
  • Session 7: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Monday, August 15
  • Session 8: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Friday, August 19

Throughout the summer, expect to also spend a few hours working independently on readings or short assignments for the working group.