Dr. Timothy Hawthorne Leaving Georgia for University of Central Florida


Dr. Timothy Hawthorne, GGA’s State Coordinator and Director of Research leaving for a new position at the University of Central Florida

The Georgia Geographic Alliance (GGA) at Georgia State University is saying farewell to its State Coordinator and Director of Research, Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne. Tim has accepted a new GIS tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida as part of their new high-profile GIS cluster. Tim has dedicated the past two years to serving the state of Georgia in his role as state coordinator.

“It has been an absolute privilege to serve the state of Georgia and increase the visibility of geography, geographers, and geographic education. I have enjoyed getting to know so many teachers and youth who possess a real passion for geography and STEM education. Georgia Geography is gaining momentum and I am excited to see the continued expansion of the Alliance under the leadership of Dr. Diem and Dr. Visaggi. I look forward to continued partnerships and hopefully bringing the Geospatial STEM Academy back for year two. Georgia Geography is certainly on the cusp of reaching new heights!” –Tim Hawthorne

Dr. Hawthorne and Dr. Visaggi sharing place-based learning activities with Atlanta youth at Endangered Species Day.

Dr. Hawthorne and Dr. Visaggi sharing place-based learning activities with Atlanta youth at Endangered Species Day.

Under Tim’s leadership and in partnership with GGA Co-Coordinator, Dr. Christy Visaggi, the Alliance revitalized itself, grew its membership, created a vibrant social media presence, and launched several new initiatives to benefit Georgia teachers, youth, and communities. Tim’s dedication to geographic education and community geography and GIS led to several important impactful programs through GGA, including a $75,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to develop a free geospatial stem education training program for Georgia youth. Learn more about that program at http://sites.gsu.edu/stemacademy.

Tim also introduced the international crowd-sourced “People Loving People Mapping Project” designed to map individual and group acts of kindness around the world inspired by music icon Garth Brooks. You can contribute to the map at http://peoplelovingpeople.org.

The People Loving People Mapping Project

The People Loving People Mapping Project

 

 

-The People Loving People Mapping Project maps acts of kindness around the world. Nearly 4000 contributions have been made to date on the map.

 

 

 

Tim also launched the Reaching New Heights with Drones Program where schools and organizations are able to learn about emerging drone technology and have a live demonstration of DJI Phantom drones.

While Tim leaves us for his new position in Florida, his work with the Georgia Geographic Alliance will continue in a new collaborative role. He is hopeful to continue new partnerships between the GA and FL Alliances including year two of the Geospatial STEM Academy and a new mobile geography STEM education program. We thank Tim for his service, and look forward to continued successful partnerships with him. He can be reached at timothy.hawthorne@ucf.edu.

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