A multiple award-winning teacher-scholarFulbright Scholar (Jordan), and champion of fieldwork and experiential education, my experience includes holding different faculty, staff, and administrative posts at several institutions since beginning my journey into higher education over two decades ago. As a Geographer, keeping the physical and human separate remains difficult for me, and I routinely engage with both simultaneously. Broadly speaking, my specialties include (urban) geomorphology (“Science of Scenery”), landscape studies, and (cultural) stone/rock decay. Expertise in humanistic geography, rock art, soils, and curriculum/program development & assessment round out my topical background. Though well-known for research in those areas, it’s really teaching that feeds my soul. So, I continually strive to connect geographical/spatial concepts with everyday life by including some type of in situ, hands-on component and/or activity with/in the landscape. Whether that means fieldwork in the US Southwest or Arabian Desert, exploring the world via Geography by Rail®, incorporating citizen science & community engagement into my research, observing around campus, or just looking out a window, each focuses on increasing appreciation for, and understanding connections between, Earth’s places, life, and landscapes.

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