Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne, State Coordinator and Director of Research: (PhD in Geography, The Ohio State University): Tim is an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University. He is trained in community geography and GIS, Participatory GIS, mixed methods, and geographic education. He has published extensively on community-university partnerships using PGIS and service learning to address social and environmental disparities in diverse settings. Tim is Principal Investigator of the nation’s first Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in community geography and GIS (National Science Foundation Award #1156755). He is also the Founding Director of the Atlanta Community Mapping and Research Center. In his integrated research and education agenda, Tim is deeply committed to and excited about providing students with community-based research and learning experiences that: move beyond the formal classroom setting; develop high-quality, publishable results; have a focus on representing local knowledge emerging from underrepresented group experiences with space and place; and create real-world deliverables that can be utilized by community groups, residents and the general public.
Dr. Christy C. Visaggi, Co-Coordinator and Director of Education and Outreach: (PhD in Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington): Christy is a Lecturer in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University. She is trained in geology, paleontology, marine ecology, and science education at the K-12 level and beyond. Her research focuses on understanding geographic variation in marine communities with implications for the fossil record and modern conservation efforts. Her pedagogical approaches utilize inquiry-based activities, collaborative work, and place-based learning to foster science-literate citizens who are able to recognize the importance and relevance of concepts in life and earth sciences to society. Christy has received awards for promoting underrepresented groups in STEM fields from the Ford Foundation and Association for Women Geoscientists. She has mentored undergraduates as part of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in biodiversity conservation (National Science Foundation Award #0755109). Christy is passionate about providing opportunities for students to engage in publishable research as part of their educational experience by contributing new data to address scientific problems with presentation of the results to a variety of audiences.
Dr. Amanda Rees, Southwestern Georgia Regional Leader: (PhD in American Studies, University of Kansas): Amanda is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of History and Geography at Columbus State University. Amanda’s work explores how rural and urban spaces shape, and are shaped by, social, economic, and cultural conditions. She edited the book The Great Plains Region (2004) has written about the future of the American Great Plains “The Buffalo Commons: Plains Residents Responses to a Radical Vision” Great Plains Research (2005). Her urban work includes “New Urbanism: Utopian Landscapes in the Twenty-first Century” (2003) and work in press includes: “Fin-de-Siècle Industrial Communities and the Aesthetics of Built Space” for Journal of Cultural Geography. Her students are regularly engaged in service learning projects as part of CSU’s Community Geography Center. Recently students produced urban geography projects that supported the needs of the Columbus Consolidated Government’s Neighborhood Stabilization and Improvement Commission. Another project focused on aiding the city’s new Land Bank by creating a map of properties in an economically challenged neighborhood of East Highlands. Students also completed “place-making” historical narratives for Midtown Inc. a local NGO, along with a Good Neighborhood Guide.
Ken Keller, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator: Ken has been teaching AP Human Geography at Walton HS, Marietta, GA since August 2013. Prior to Ken moving to Georgia he taught AP Human Geography at Danbury HS, Danbury, CT, since the course’s inception in 2000-2001. He was a member of the APHG Test Development Committee from 2006-2010 and has scored the APHG exam since 2002. Ken was also an adjunct professor of Geography at Western Connecticut State University from 2008-2013. He is also a current member of the Executive Board of the National Council of Geographic Education (NCGE) and has been a consultant for the College Board for the past 10 years, teaching AP Summer Institutes for new and experienced teachers of AP Human Geography.
Darryl Haddock, Lead Graduate Research Assistant: bio coming soon.
D. Tyler Harris, Graduate Research Assistant: (B.A. Geography, Georgia State University): Tyler is a second year graduate student in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University. Trained as a cartographer, his research interests primarily focus on urban sustainability and livability with emphasis on the role of participatory GIS at a community level. His thesis concentrates on tree canopy as a variable of sustainability and the practical use of smart technologies by residents which enables for more bottom-up solution to urban issues. He has also worked extensively with the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in community geography and GIS as the graduate assistant, helping with data collection, cartographic design and GIS analysis. Coming from a family of educators, Tyler is passionate about geographic education and the importance of understanding place, space and the interaction between humans and their environment.
Laura Streib, Undergraduate Honors Student Assistant: Laura is a freshman in the Georgia State University Honors College who is planning on majoring in geology. She is interested in paleontology and is an assistant of Dr. Visaggi. She is interested in how mapping can be used to display scientific research and better predict trends.