I'm a SAGE in 2020-2021; Now what?

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Stand-Alone Geographers Affinity Group, Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 2
Organizers: Jason Greenberg
Chairs: Jason Greenberg

Call for Submissions

The Stand-Alone Geography Affinity Group is looking to build a panel that can offer advice on how to navigate being a newly minted and hired SAGE to become a wise and ‘sage' SAGE. This can be anything from best practices and creative ideas for forming partnerships, maintaining an active research agenda, ways to grow offerings or programs, success stories in providing students a set of diverse voices in geography when there is only one faculty member, coping mechanisms for self-care as a SAGE, and finally, coping with the changes that occurred in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We want this panel session to serve an entry point into a meaningful discussion of how SAGEs maneuver not only the daily minutia of the academic school year but also have managed to create worthwhile careers that have a positive impact on their students, university, and the discipline of geography. Fitting not only with AAG’s “Expanding the Community of Geography” theme for Seattle, but the panel also seeks to serve the AAG's increased focus on mental health issues.


The number of colleges and universities that provide geography coursework through adjuncts or one to two geography-degree holding professors embedded in another discipline has increased through time, thereby increasing the number of geographers who label themselves as Stand-Alone Geographers, or SAGEs. There is no right way to be a SAGE, but there are a lot of ways toward a pathway to success if you are a SAGE. This panel session will provide ideas from SAGEs at all career stages for how to survive, thrive, and conquer being a SAGE. How do we not only expand the community of geography as SAGEs but do so without jeopardizing our mental health? How have SAGE’s managed in their positions during the COVID-19 Pandemic?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Jason Greenberg Sullivan University 5 3:05 PM
Panelist Dawn Drake Missouri Western State University 15 3:10 PM
Panelist Michelle Brym University of Central Oklahoma 15 3:25 PM
Panelist Jason Greenberg Sullivan University 15 3:40 PM
Panelist Tammy Parece Colorado Mesa University 15 3:55 PM

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