Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, North Carolina State University
Graduate GIS Certificate, North Carolina State University
MEd, Social Studies Education, North Carolina State University
B.S., History, B.S. Social Science, Radford University
Geospatial Technologies (GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing; Cartography); GIS in Education; Geography Education; Instructional Technology
Geography education in K-20 settings for pre-service, in-service educators and students; Geo-literacy; Spatial Cognition and Spatial Thinking; Conceptualizations of geospatial technologies; Geospatial applications in state, local and government settings.
My role in the department is primarily grant funded and is focused on outreach, education and research. As the Geospatial Extension Specialist (GES) for the state of Missouri, I work with local, regional, state and federal entities to promote, understand and research geospatial applications across many discipline areas. The GES role is part of a larger network of Geospatial Extension Specialists from multiple states who are actively working in our respective communities by promoting new partnerships, teaching new and advanced geospatial technology users alike, facilitating access to data, researching and testing new technologies, publishing informative websites, etc.
Additionally, I am the Coordinator of the Missouri Geographic Alliance, a geographic education outreach entity which is part of the National Geographic Alliance Network. The Missouri Geographic Alliance is dedicated to increasing geographic literacy and raising public awareness of geography’s importance to citizens of Missouri. The Alliance accomplishes its mission through professional development, advocacy, public outreach, strategic partnerships, and curricular materials development.