A Survey of Geography Faculty at Two-Year Colleges

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Community College Affinity Group, American Association of Geographers, Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 3
Organizers: Patrick Shabram
Chairs: Jacqueline Housel

Call for Submissions

A significant portion of undergraduates in the United States start their academic careers at community colleges. There are nearly 1000 primarily two-year colleges hosting geography or closely related courses, yet only approximately 3% of AAG membership comes from two-year institutions. As such, little is known in aggregate about the state of the discipline at community colleges. A recent survey of community college geography professors was conducted to get a better idea of the state of the discipline at two-year institutions. This session will look at the project and share some of its earliest findings, with a follow-up panel discussion to explore the nature and role of two-year colleges in the field.

Possible topics of discussion may include:
-The quantity and nature of degree options in geography and related fields at two-year colleges
-Geography courses common to two-year colleges and what, if any, changes to course offerings should be encouraged
-Differences in responsibilities between two-year and four-year faculty
-Challenges facing community college geography faculty and students
-How community college faculty view their role in the discipline


Description

A significant portion of undergraduates in the United States start their academic careers at community colleges. There are nearly 1000 primarily two-year colleges hosting geography or closely related courses, yet only approximately 3% of AAG membership comes from two-year institutions. As such, little is known in aggregate about the state of the discipline at community colleges. A recent survey of community college geography professors was conducted to get a better idea of the state of the discipline at two-year institutions. This session will look at the project and share some of its earliest findings, with a follow-up panel discussion to explore the nature and role of two-year colleges in the field.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant David Kaplan Kent State University 25 1:30 PM
Panelist Shireen Hyrapiet Houston Community College 25 1:55 PM
Panelist Marissa Wald Central New Mexico Community College 25 2:20 PM

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