Teaching and Advising

My teaching portfolio at ECU currently consists of:

Geog 1000: People, places, and environment (offered fall & spring): This course presents a broad overview of geographic processes that shape our world. It borrows from almost all disciplines of academic study. In this class, you will learn about maps (geography’s tools), Earth’s geology and natural resources, Earth’s population patterns, Earth’s cultural patterns, Earth’s political patterns, and much more.  By the end of the course students will gain an understanding that geography is about more than just memorizing names and locations of places and features of the Earth; that geography is about understanding how the human and physical aspects of our world interact with, and influence each other.

Geog 4320/6320: Gender, environment and development (offered every other fall): This seminar introduces students to key debates and theoretical approaches involved in understanding the gender dimensions of human-environment interactions and international development.  Through a close, critical examination of case studies, organizational reports, and scholarly analyses, we explore the ways in which the gendered division of labor and the social construction of masculinities and femininities influence perceptions, formulation, and implementation of development processes.  We also examine how gender ideologies shape particular experiences of development and environmental change.  Specifically, this course examines conceptual issues related to human-environment interactions, environmental policy, sustainable development, and gender studies.  Topics of interest will include ecological feminism, political ecology, sustainability, environmental health issues, environmental racism, agriculture, climate change, and activism.

Geog 4360/6360: Geographies of global climate and environmental change (offered every other fall): This seminar will explore the social, economic, and political aspects of climate change from the perspective of human-environment geography. This includes investigating the scholarly debates and international policy regarding adapting and mitigating climatic change and the range of livelihoods caught in the middle of these debates/policies.  We will interrogate the possibilities and pitfalls of current scholarly and development frameworks for building capacities at a variety of scales, and for a variety of subjects. Working from the intersection of theory, policy, and practice, we will also examine the language and ideas underlying several concepts including vulnerability, adaptation, resilience, and deforestation, among others, as well as the implications for livelihood transformation. The ultimate goal is to critically evaluate the underlying factors that constrain or enable adaptation and mitigation.

My previous courses included a combination of undergraduate graduate lectures, seminars, and service-learning courses:

Introduction to Women’s Studies (service-learning), Cultural Geography (lecture), Gender and Population (seminar), Gender and Development (seminar), Development Geographies (seminar), Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation (seminar)

If you are interested in working with me as a graduate student or majoring in Geography as an undergraduate, please feel free to contact me: beeb@ecu.edu.