Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (IJAGR)


Special Issue On: Applied Geography in Academia: Content, Curricula, Status, Methods, and Future

Submission Due Date
7/30/2017

Guest Editors
Michael N. DeMers, PhD, GISP
Professor of Geography
Coordinator, New Mexico Geographic Alliance
2010 Anderson Medal of Honor in Applied Geography
New Mexico State University
MSC MAP, P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM, 88003-8001

Introduction
In recent decades Applied geography has shown an increase in both importance and presence in many geography departments, but, as with the establishment of GIScience as a focused curriculum it still exists as a somewhat amorphous subdisipline. There seems to be little consensus about what constitutes applied geography, how it is situated with the larger discipline and the geographic tools, effective methods of instruction, its placement within different types of departments, significant events driving applied geography, the linkage to geographic theory, its market in both academia and the public and private sector, or its future. While much of this might seem obvious, little of it has been documented and there is the likelihood that what is known is both anecdotal and possibly incorrect. If applied geography is to survive as a subdiscipline it is important to begin to document and formalize what is known about its many aspects as an academic pursuit. Not only will this promote applied geography educators to begin to consider what they teach and how they teach it, but it also informs graduate students of important research questions needing investigation.

Objective
In recent decades Applied geography has shown an increase in both importance and presence in many geography departments, but, as with the establishment of GIScience as a focused curriculum it still exists as a somewhat amorphous subdisipline. There seems to be little consensus about what constitutes applied geography, how it is situated with the larger discipline and the geographic tools, effective methods of instruction, its placement within different types of departments, significant events driving applied geography, the linkage to geographic theory, its market in both academia and the public and private sector, or its future. While much of this might seem obvious, little of it has been documented and there is the likelihood that what is known is both anecdotal and possibly incorrect. If applied geography is to survive as a subdiscipline it is important to begin to document and formalize what is known about its many aspects as an academic pursuit. Not only will this promote applied geography educators to begin to consider what they teach and how they teach it, but it also informs graduate students of important research questions needing investigation.

Recommended Topics
  • The current status of Applied Geography in geography departments
  • Impetus for applied geography in geography departments
  • What is and is not applied geography (changing definitions)
  • Applied Geography and the GIS&T Body of Knowledge
  • Curricula in applied geography
  • Forming communities of practice in applied geography in classroom instruction
  • Methods of teaching applied geography
  • The Internship in applied geography
  • Growth and future of applied geography
  • Linking theory and practice in geography education
  • History of applied geography in universities
  • Applied geography education and the marketplace
  • Survey of applied geography graduates
  • Geographers in the workplace: experiences and recommendations


Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue Applied Geography in Academia: Content, Curricula, Status, Methods, and Future on or before July 30, 2017. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/journals/guidelines-for-submission.aspx. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Michael N. DeMers
Guest Editor
International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research
E-mail: demers01@gmail.com