The Undergraduate Geography Experiences at Illinois State University - Faculty Perspective

Authors: Dagmar Budikova*, Illinois State University
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: geographic education, undergraduate, recruitment
Session Type: Lightning Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This talk will provide the personal perspectives, as the Chair of the Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment at Illinois State University (ISU) regarding experiences related to student recruitment and retention including student community building practices. As a geographer Chair, I am always interested to learn more about what other geography programs may be doing to keep our discipline healthy, vibrant, and competitive in and outside of our institutions. My teaching experiences include courses in climatology, weather, GIS, and statistics. I have served as the advisor to our minor in Environmental Studies. We are located in Normal, central Illinois. Approximately 20,650 students enrolled at ISU in fall 2018; the department undergraduate enrollment totaled 157 with 86 students in geography, 17 of which are pursuing teacher education. The department is home to 14 full-time tenure-line faculty members plus the Chair, eight with principal responsibilities in the geography program. Our Department offers undergraduate degrees in traditional geography and geography teacher education (BS, BA), geology, earth and space science education, and beginning fall 2019, we will also house the new BS degree, Environmental Systems Science and Sustainability. The program has been designed by geographers and we play a central role in that program. We offer a certificate in GIS and spatial analysis. Our department houses the Institute for Geospatial Analysis and Mapping, GEOMAP that provides research experiences to undergraduate majors.

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