Phone: (704) 687-5971
Greetings! My interests within geography reflect to varying degrees my research and teaching pathways. I currently teach courses ranging from the general education LBST 2301 (Critical Thinking and Communication) to applied spatial demography (GEOG 4255/52255). Topically, I teach courses in the regional geographies of the US and Canada and of the South ( GEOG 2155 and GEOG 2160), global food issues (GEOG 3250) and human-environment interactions (ESCI 2101 Environmental Dilemma). My interest in teaching extends to the richly rewarding “world” of geographic education. I enjoy working with pre-service and in-service teachers to expand our collective knowledge of geography in K-12 curricula. I am an active member of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) which provides an essential connection to improving pedagogy and disseminating research findings. Further, I have an emerging interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at the pre-collegiate and collegiate levels.
In addition to these areas of study, I examine aspects of demographic aging, migration processes among working age and elderly populations, and housing vulnerability among the elderly. My future research agenda will continue to include this interest in the spatial implications of aging populations. This is an increasingly important public policy issue as the large and influential “baby boom” cohort reaches the later phases of the life course. Regionally, I have a long-standing interest in the historical and contemporary geographies of Appalachia as well as the spatio-temporal dynamics of cultural landscape formation in the South.
Within the Department, I serve as the Undergraduate Coordinator for Geography. In this role, I am happy to meet with students (prospective, current or graduated majors) to discuss any aspect of Geography. I am the co-advisor for two student clubs in Geography: the Zeta Omega chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (international geography honor society) and the Charlotte Geography Club.