The Undergraduate Geography Experience II: Students and Professors Share their Perspectives

Type: Lightning Paper
Sponsor Groups: Undergraduate Student Affinity Group, Geography Education Specialty Group, Community College Affinity Group
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM (MDT)
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Candice Luebbering, Erika Ornouski
Chairs: Candice Luebbering


Undergraduates are the fastest growing membership category of the American Association of Geographers with 54% growth from 2016 to 2017 and over 500 undergraduate students attending the 2018 AAG Annual Meeting. Undergraduate geographers are the next generation to lead our discipline in not only academia, but in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Understanding the undergraduate geography experience and how it varies between different types of programs can provide insight into: 1) how departments can adapt and evolve to recruit and retain undergraduate majors, 2) how students currently engage or wish to engage with their geography departments and programs, 3) the post-secondary training and experiences currently offered to young geographers, and 4) how and why undergraduate geographers choose whether or not to pursue graduate study in the discipline. In this session, both professors and undergraduates will give brief presentations about their undergraduate geography program experience from their perspectives as educators and students in different university geography programs. Presenters will be provided with a series of questions to help guide their content. Presentations will be followed by a group discussion and comparison of experiences with the goal of sharing ideas to improve the undergraduate geography experience, increase undergraduate geography student recruitment and retention, and promote networking among undergraduates as well as between undergraduates and professors.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Carmen Brysch*, Auburn University, The Undergraduate Geography Experience at Auburn University - Faculty Perspective 7 3:05 PM
Presenter Amelia Green*, , The Undergraduate Geography Experience at Mount Holyoke College- Student Perspective 7 3:12 PM
Presenter Kyung In Huh*, California State Polytechnic University, The Undergraduate Geography Experience at Cal Poly Pomona - Faculty Perspective 7 3:19 PM
Discussant Bailey Aasen Augustana College 7 3:26 PM
Presenter Grant Saff*, Hofstra University, The Undergraduate Geography Experience at Hofstra University - Faculty Perspective 7 3:33 PM
Presenter Daniel Kern*, Ball State University, The Undergraduate Experience at Ball State University – Student Perspective 7 3:40 PM
Discussant Allison Young Sinclair Community College 7 3:47 PM
Presenter Claire Hilbrecht*, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, The University of Kentucky Geography 7 3:54 PM
Presenter Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo*, SUNY Cortland, Melinda Shimizu, SUNY Cortland, Christopher Badurek, SUNY Cortland, Wendy Miller, SUNY Cortland, Scott Anderson, SUNY Cortland, The Undergraduate Geography Experience at SUNY Cortland - Faculty Perspective 7 4:01 PM
Discussant Zia Salim California State University - Fullerton 7 4:08 PM

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