The Undergraduate Geography Experience at The State University of New York, Geneseo – Faculty Perspective

Authors: Jennifer Rogalsky*, SUNY Geneseo
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: undergraduate, high impact practices
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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The State University of New York (SUNY), College at Geneseo enrolls 5500 students, mostly undergraduates. It is located in Geneseo, NY, in a rural portion of the Rochester Metropolitan Area. We recently peaked at more than 100 geography majors, and have an additional 100 Environmental Studies and 60 Urban Studies minors. In 2018, we received the AAG’s Bachelor’s Program of Excellence Award, partially based on our strength in providing integrative high impact experiences, including: internships (9 students in 2017-18), directed study research (29 in 2017-18), conference presentations (43 in 2017-18), field experiences (55 in 2017-18), study abroad (40 in 2017-18), service learning (3 courses in 2017-18), and teaching assistants (1200+ hours in 2017-18). Notably, two of our faculty were recently awarded a $232,000 NSF grant, the largest in our Department’s fifty-year history. In addition, our Department is at the forefront of two unique College-wide partnerships – with Letchworth State Park, and with the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. These partnerships offer teaching, research, field work, internship, and service learning opportunities. I am the Department Chair, with seven full time faculty members; I also coordinate the Urban Studies program. I teach four urban geography courses (200-, 300-, and 400-level, and a summer study abroad course in Ghana), as well as a large 100-level world regional course, and a 200-level Sub-Saharan Africa course. I expect that this session will allow a variety of departments to learn from each other, to appreciate our strengths, and to identify and improve on our weaknesses.

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