Preparing Geographers for Government and Nonprofit Careers

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 2, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Mark Revell
Chairs: Michael Solem


Geography is an interdisciplinary field that provides a solid foundation for careers in all levels of government and nonprofit organizations. This panel will feature geographers and other professionals with experience in the government and nonprofit sectors who will discuss key issues affecting career opportunities for geographers and improving their preparation for employment.

The session chair will lead the panelists in a structured discussion of the following questions:

1) What are some of the important trends in the public and nonprofit sectors that are creating career opportunities for geographers?

2) How can students and job seekers better equip themselves with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they will need for a successful career in the government and nonprofit sectors?

3) In what ways have geography departments successfully used internships, certificate programs, professional master's degrees, and adjunct instructors from employer organizations to enhance career preparation and professional development?

4) In what ways are government and nonprofit employers not fully tapping the potential of geography for enhancing the work they perform? What can be done to improve awareness and appreciation among employers of what geography offers and, in turn, why they should hire graduates from geography programs?

This panel will also explore cross-sector professional development issues and ideas for strengthening links between employers and academic geography programs. Time will be reserved to address questions and comments from members of the audience.


Type Details Minutes
Discussant John Wertman American Association of Geographers 10
Panelist Joshua Comenetz U.S. Census Bureau 10
Panelist Saskia Cohick City of Wilmington 10
Discussant Catherine Bishop University of New England 10
Discussant Andi Hollier NASA - Houston, TX - Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit 10
Panelist Richard Quodomine City of Philadelphia 10
Panelist Arvind Bhuta U.S. Forest Service 10

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