Geography students should consider joining professional societies in
geography and related fields. The annual membership fee for students is
typically quite affordable.
Membership in such societies is an important aspect of professional
development, providing insight into the work of professional
geographers, networking, publications, and very productive volunteer
opportunities. Students are invited to explore the society web sites
listed below; the professors who are listed can provide further
information. Even students who do not join an organization can learn a
lot from the organizational web sites listed here.
of American Geographers
(AAG) is the premiere professional society
geographers in North America. Most geography professors in the United
States and Canada. At the AAG Annual Meeting -- held in a different
major city each year -- thousands of geographers gather for posters,
papers, networking and the all-important JIG: Jobs in Geography. All
BSC geography professors are members.
New England and St. Lawrence Valley
(NESTVAL) is the oldest geographical society in North America. It is
the only regional division of the AAG that also includes a regional
division of the Canadian
Assocation of Geographers
(CAG). All BSC geography professors are
and many have served as officers; Dr. Amey maintains the NESTVAL web
The American Geographical Society
an organization of professional geographers and other devotees of
geography who share a fascination with the subject and a recognition of
its importance. Hayes-Bohanan has contributed to its
quarterly publication Focus
and once served as its editorial assistant.
The Massachusetts Association
of Conservation Commissioners
(MACC) provides training and support
volunteer boards, professionals, and consultants involved in the
enforcement of the Wetlands Protection Act and other conservation
regulations. Dr. Hayes-Bohanan is a member.
The Massachusetts Geographic
(MGA) is a grassroots organization of over 3,000
teachers dedicate to improving geography education in the Commonwealth.
one of the 50 state geography alliances affiliated with the National
Society. MGA also offers teaching
resources and workshops through SEMAGNET – the SouthEastern
Massachusetts Geography NETwork.
National Council for Geographic Education
teaching at all levels— from
kindergarten through university. Dr. Domingo and Dr. Hayes-Bohanan are
of Soil Scientists of Southern New England
(SSSSNE) is a
professional organization dedicated to advancing the soil science
profession and encouraging broad use of soil resource information.
Dr. Boellstorff is an associate member.
The Urban Affairs Association
(UAA) promotes research and education on urbanism and urbanization. Dr.
Amey is a member.
Last Modified: November 10, 2009