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Jodi Vender
Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising & Alumni Relations
Ph.D candidate

Department of Geography
Penn State University
305 Walker Building
University Park, PA  16802


Welcome to my home page. Since May of 2005 I've worked as Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising and Alumni Relations
in Penn State's Department of Geography

For most of the past decade, I've been working on a doctorate in geography at Penn State. 
My research interests include geography education/geographies of education, service learning and public scholarship, relationships between scholarly and popular conceptions of geography, and women's roles in the history of geography. 

I'm also doing a research project on geography and  homeschooling for GENIP, reviewing teaching resources for AP Human Geography and National Geographic Xpeditions, and recently did some work with the New Jersey Charter Public Schools Association.

I serve as Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Geographic Bee, which took place this year on March 30 at Shippensburg University, and a director/newsletter editor of the Association of American Geographers' History of Geography Specialty Group. I'm also a past member of the National Council for Geographic Education's Publications & Products Committee and co-edit the Women in Geography Education calendar.

I have a B.A. in Spanish from Penn State, an M.A. in geography from the University of Texas at Austin, and I've worked in the magazine research, communications, and geography education divisions of the National Geographic SocietyMore recently, I spent three years working as Coordinator/Assistant Coordinator of Student Programs and Service Learning for Penn State's Schreyer Honors College. During Spring 2005, I  taught 2 classes at Community College of Philadelphia: Introduction to Geography and World Regional Geography.

I'm an affiliate of Penn State's Public Scholarship Associates and served as Conference Coordinator for the 2003 "Blueprint for the Public Scholarship of Service Learning" SummitI'm a past member of the Commission for Women and the  College of the Liberal Arts Alumni Society Board of Directors.

For more information, check out my vita (a PDF file).

 This page last updated 4/30/06 jcv