Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
Eric J. Fournier (Ph.D. University of Georgia, B.S. Syracuse University) is Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at Samford University. While trained as an urban geographer, most of his recent work involves the study of teaching and learning in undergraduate geography with a particular interest in active and problem-based learning. He has published extensively in both of these areas. In 2014 he was named Alabama Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In addition, his teaching has been recognized with awards from Samford’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences, the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, and the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE). He recently completed a 3-year term as Board Chairman of the NCGE. Other service to geography includes Vice President of Research for the NCGE, member of the Geography Education National Implementation Committee, and former Chair of the Association of American Geographer’s Committee on College Geography. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and the Journal of Geography. He is also interested in issues related to faculty development and training and has been a Workshop Leader for the Geography Faculty Development Alliance three times prior to this year. He has led numerous faculty development workshops at national meetings, and has developed a year-long seminar on teaching and learning for Samford’s new faculty.