ERIC Number: ED219322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Geography in the Colleges and Universities of the United States.
Sommers, Lawrence M.
The purpose of this paper is to evaluate some of the significant factors that relate to the effectiveness of the geographer and departments of geography in developing the important role that the discipline of geography has to offer to higher education in the United States. Geography must continually be conscious that many administrators, faculty, students, and society in general are not fully aware of geography's value. High quality research production and application, excellent teaching, and interdisciplinary programs are excellent methods for demonstrating its worth. The geography faculty member must be conscious of responsibilities both as an individual and as a member of a department. Many impressions of a discipline and a department are gained through informal faculty contacts and committee efforts. Major attention must be given to the maintenance of a positive internal image and reputation. Attention must also be paid to developing and maintaining the local and state image. The chair or chief administrator of the geography department also plays a crucial role in the success of a discipline. The leadership ability of the chair in reflecting the goals of the geography department upward through administrative channels is critical to the success of a discipline in a given university. Also of importance is the fact that each institution has a unique political and economic power structure. It is incumbent upon the chair and the faculty to be aware of and adjust to this structure. Success and sometimes survival require skillful playing of the political game. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (San Antonio, TX, April, 1982).