Derek H. Alderman

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Teaching Related Honors: Distinguished University Teaching Achievement Award, NCGE (2002); Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching, ECU (2004); Scholar-Teacher Award, ECU (2005); Distinguished Professor of Teaching Award, ECU (2005); UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award, ECU (highest teaching award within UNC system) (2009); Distinguished Mentor Award, National Council for Geographic Education (2017)

My Thoughts on Teaching as “Place-Creating” (Comments from Address to Fall Faculty Convocation, 2009, East Carolina University) http://web.utk.edu/~dalderma/alderman_poe.pdf


Graduate Student Advisor/Major Professor for:

  • Shannon Arnold (MS, 2011, thesis), Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University, “Legislative Perceptions of Sustainable Tourism: The Case of the North Carolina General Assembly.”

  • Stefanie Benjamin (MS, 2011, thesis), Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University, “Lost in Mount Airy/Mayberry: The Importance of Tourist Profiles in Sustainable Tourism Planning.”

  • Janna Caspersen (PhD, 2018, dissertation, Geography, University of Tennessee, “Crowdsourcing the Reputation of Martin Luther King: Twitter as a Place of Memory.”

  • Matt Cook (PhD, 2016, dissertation), Geography, University of Tennessee, “Critical Historical Geographies of Slavery.”

  • Anna Eskridge (MA, 2007, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “The Politics of Anti-Kudzu Legislation in Missouri: An Analysis of Discourses and Material Practices Surrounding Exotics Eradication.”

  • Glenn Gentry (MA, 2004, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “Walking with the Dead: An Analysis of Ghost Walk Tours in Savannah, Georgia.”

  • Justin Gross (MA, 2006, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “Bridging the Festival Gap: Comparing Organizers’ Perceptions of Visitors to a Survey of Visitors to the Carolina Renaissance Festival, 2005.”

  • Hannah Gunderman (PhD, 2018, dissertation), Geography, University of Tennessee, “Popular Geopolitics, Empathy, and Cultural-Media Geographies in Doctor Who Fandom.”

  • Laura Heavner (MA, 2006, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “The Power of Photography: Gender and Racial/Ethnic Images in North Carolina Tourism Brochures.”

  • Allison Hueber (MA, 2011, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “Analyzing Resident Place Satisfaction in a Tourist Destination Through Auto-Photography: The Case of Southern Shores.”

  • Richard Kennedy (MA, 2013, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “Automobility, Hospitality African American Tourism, and Mapping Victor H. Green’s Negro Motorist Green Book.”

  • Jennifer Mann (MA, 2010, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “The Coast as a Vernacular Region.”

  • Suzanne McArdle (MA, 2008, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: The Myspace Lesbian and Her Material Social World.”

  • E. Arnold Modlin, Jr. (MA, 2008, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “Back of the Plantation Museum: An Evaluation of the Representation of Slavery at North Carolina Historic Sites.’

  • Terri Moreau, (MA, 2008, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “Can You Hear the Voices on the Walls? How Graffiti is Known in Punitive and Tolerant Public Spaces.”

  • Christopher McPhilamy (MA, 2004, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “The Effect of Travel Patterns on Geographic Literacy: Using the World Wide Web to Survey U.S. College Students.”

  • L.J. Palmer-Maloney (PhD, 2012, dissertation), Coastal Resources Management, East Carolina University, “Human-Environment Interaction & Water Complexities: Mustering Science and Policy for a Coastal Resources Management Approach to counterinsurgency Operations.”

  • William Caleb Parker (MA, 2007, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “The Politics of Church Space: North Carolina’s United Methodist Clergy Respond to Homsexuality.”

  • Jeff Prince (MA, 2003, internship report), Geography, East Carolina University, “’Eat Mo’ Shad: An Analysis of Festival Making in Grifton, North Carolina.”

  • Tyler Sonnichsen (PhD, 2017, dissertation), Geography, University of Tennessee, “Capitals of Punk: Paris, DC, and the Circulation of Urban Counternarratives.”

  • James Tripp (MA, 2004, internship report), Geography, East Carolina University, “Flood Insurance and Hazard Mitigation: The Role of the Community Rating System.”

  • Heather Ward (PhD, 2010, dissertation), Coastal Resources Management, East Carolina University, “Creating the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument: The Pivotal Role of Media Geography and Policy Entrepreneurs.”

  • Matt Watterson (MA, 2010, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “Evaluating the Sustainability of Heritage Tourism and Historic Preservation in New Bern, North Carolina.”

  • Jihwan Yoon (PhD, 2017, dissertation), Geography, University of Tennessee, “The Korean Comfort Women Commemoration Campaign” The Role on Intersectionality, Symbolic Places, and Transnational Circulation in Politics of Memory and Human Rights.”

In progress

Ethan Bottone (PhD), Geography, University of Tennessee

Jordan Brasher (PhD-ABD), Geography, University of Tennessee

Jacob “Alex” Cooper (MS), Geography, University of Tennessee

Emily Frazier (PhD-ABD), Geography, University of Tennessee (co-advisor with

Micheline van Riemsdijk, Uppsala University, Sweden)

Emma Walcott-Wilson (PhD-ABD), Geography, University of Tennessee

Kelly Westfield (PhD), Geography, University of Tennessee


Graduate Student Advisory Committee Member for:

  • Christopher Acuff (PhD, 2017, dissertation), Political Science, University of Tennessee, “Beyond the City-County Divide: Race, Referenda, and Representation in Consolidated Governments.”

  • Michaelina Antahades (MS, 2011, non-thesis project), Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University, “Racial Images in State Travel Guides: A Study of the Carolinas.”

  • Andy Baker (PhD, 2013, dissertation), Geography, University of Tennessee, “IndyCar Races and the Marketing of Places: A Geographic and Marketing Exploration of IndyCar Racing in the United States.”

  • Melanie Barron (PhD, 2016, dissertation), Geography, University of Tennessee, “Remediating a Toxic Town: Power, Place, and Justice in Anniston, Alabama.”

  • Scott Basford (MS, 2014, thesis), Geography, University of Tennessee, “International Student Migration for Development: An Institutional Approach to the Norwegian Quota Scheme.”

  • Stefanie Benjamin (PhD, 2015, dissertation), Educational Foundations and Inquiry, University of South Carolina, “Telling a different narrative: Exploring the values and challenges of performing enslaved community members’ stories at US southern plantation museums”

  • Robert Best (MA, 2005, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “The Spatial Politics of Gerrymandering.”

  • Matt Blaylock (PhD, 2017, dissertation), History, University of Tennessee “Appalachian Aristocrats: How Tourists, Elites, and Mountaineers Created a New Western North Carolina, 1880-1920.”

  • Ruth Bowling (MS, 2014, thesis), Geography, University of Tennessee, “The Antagonist Art Movement: Creating Community through Art Spaces.”

  • Justin Briggs (MA, 2010, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “Locational Aspects of Adaptive Reuse: The Case of North Carolina Textile Mills.”

  • Charles Brown, Jr. (MA, 2004, thesis), Recreation & Leisure Studies, East Carolina University, “Customer Satisfaction Based on Perceived Value of Stay at a Premiere Golf Resort.”

  • Rachel Campbell (MA, 2008, internship), Geography, East Carolina University, “The Design of a Postal Code System for Trinidad and Tobago.”

  • Patia M. Connell (MS, 2010, thesis), Biology, East Carolina University, “Predator out of Place: The Differential Impacts of Native and Non-Native Crayfish on Bufo Tadpoles.”

  • Neil Conner (PhD, 2015, dissertation), Geography, University of Tennessee, “Contested Notions of Irishness: Social integration and the multiple intersections of ethno-racial, religious, and national identities in Dublin, Ireland.”

  • Michael Edwards (MA, 2006, thesis), Exercise and Sports Science, East Carolina University, “NASCAR as Postmodern Sport.”

  • Valerie Grussing (Ph.D., 2009, dissertation), Coastal Resources Management Program, East Carolina University, “Reanimating the Graveyard: Heritage Tourism Development of North Carolina Shipwrecks.”

  • Sean Hawley (MA, 2009, internship), Geography, East Carolina University, “Greenville Utilities Commission: GIS Training Plan, 2009.”

  • Bradley Hinger (MS, 2018, thesis), Geography, University of Tennessee, “Racism unwritten: the materiality of memory and ‘Southering’ beyond the text.”

  • Lavinia Horner (PhD, 2018, dissertation), Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures, University of Tennessee, “Cultural Heritage Superimposition in the Novels of Emmanuel Robles and Maissa Bey.”

  • José Izquierdo (MS, 2014, thesis), Geography, University of Tennessee, “Belgian Identity Politics: At a Crossroad Between Nationalism and Regionalism.”

  • Alicia Laffoon (PhD, 2017, dissertation), Elementary Education, University of Tennessee, “Elementary Pre-service Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Digitized Visual Primary Sources in Social Studies.”

  • Elin Langholm (MA, 2002, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “Ecotourism in Dominica.”

  • Rhiannon Leebrick (PhD, 2015, dissertation), Sociology, University of Tennessee, “Environmental Gentrification and Development in a Rural Appalachian Community: Blending Critical Theory and Ethnography.”

  • Russ Lewis (Ph.D., 2009, dissertation), Coastal Resources Management, east Carolina University, “Towards Defining a Coast: Delineating the North Carolina Coast through Policy, Cultural, and Scientific Perspectives.”

  • Marvin N. McFadyen (MA, 2002, internship report), Geography, East Carolina University, “GIS and Local Elections Administration.”

  • Jessie Messina (MA, 2009, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “A Word Frequency Analysis of HIV/AIDS Policies in Four African Countries.”

  • Calvin Mires (PhD, 2014, dissertation), Coastal Resources Management, East Carolina University, “The Value of Maritime Archaeological Heritage: An Exploratory Study of the Cultural Capital of Shipwrecks of the Atlantic.”

  • Katherine Morris (PhD, 2016, dissertation), Sociology, University of Tennessee, “The Scruffy City: Development in Knoxville, TN.”

  • Alison Murray (MS, 2012, thesis), Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University, “Factors Influencing Brand Loyalty to Craft Breweries in North Carolina.”

  • Shamaury Myrick (MA, 2006, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “Legacy of Mistrust: The Challenges of Participatory Planning in West Greenville, North Carolina”

  • Jill Naar (MA, 2010, thesis), Recreation and Leisure Studies, East Carolina University, “International Tourism Later in life: Innovation Theory Related to Benefits Gained.”

  • Velvet Nelson (MA, 2003, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “Representation and Images of Ecotourism in Grenada.”

  • Joseph Roberts (MS, 2015, thesis), Geography, University of Tennessee, “Four Dimensional Approach to center City Transformation: A Case Study of Knoxville, Tennessee, 1884-1950.”

  • Helen Rosko (MS, 2015, thesis), Geography, University of Tennessee, “Drinking and Remaking Place: A Study of the Impact of Commercial Moonshine in East Tennessee.”

  • Gwen Ruttencutter (PhD, 2018, dissertation), Educational Psychology & Research, University of Tennessee, “Getting Gritty with It: An Examination of Self-Directed Learning and Grit among Doctoral Students.”

  • Hope Smith (PhD, 2017, dissertation), Anthropology, University of Tennessee, “Adorned Identities: An Archaeological Perspective on Race and Self-Presentation in 18th-Century Virginia.”

  • Matthew Smith (PhD, 2017, dissertation), English, University of Tennessee, “Translating Chopin’s Parrot: Local Color Louisiana and the Limits of Literary Interpretation, 1865-1914.”

  • Mimi Thomas (MS, 2018, thesis), Geography, University of Tennessee, “The Ever-Changing Role of the East Side Gallery: The Relationship Between Memorialization and Urban Redevelopment.”

  • Melissa Wicks (MA, 2007, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University, “The Academic Aspirations of Foreign Born Latino Youth in Rural North Carolina.”

  • Whit Winslow (MS, 2012, thesis), Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University, “How Do You Fly…Fish: Environmental Behavior, Travel, and Sport Involvement of Fly Fishers in North Carolina.”

    In progress

    Bradley Barrick (MA), Geography, University of Alabama

    Daniel Brock (PhD), Anthropology, University of Tennessee

    Heather Davis (PhD), Geography, University of Tennessee

    William Goldman (PhD), Geography, University of Tennessee

    Joshua Hodge (PhD), History, University of Tennessee

    John Nichols (PhD), English, University of Tennessee

    Jeremy Reed (PhD), English, University of Tennessee

    Jeremy Smith (PhD), Sociology, University of Tennessee

    Brandon Story (PhD), English, University of Tennessee

    Lindy Westenhoff (PhD), Geography, University of Tennessee


Courses Taught

Introductory level:
• Geography of Recreation: Cultural Geography of Leisure (East Carolina Univ.)
• Global Issues and Society (Georgia College & State University)
• Introduction to Geography (Georgia College & State University, East Carolina University)
• Introduction to Human Geography (University of Georgia)
• Peoples, Places, and Environments (East Carolina University)
• Power of Place (Honors Course) (East Carolina University)
• Resources, Society, and the Environment (University of Georgia)
• World Regional Geography (Georgia Southern University)
• World Geography, Developed Regions (East Carolina University)

Upper-division, undergraduate
• Cultural Geography (Georgia Southern University, Georgia College & State University)
• Geographic Images (East Carolina Univ.)
• Geography of American South (Georgia Southern University)
• Geography of Tourism (East Carolina Univ.)
• Historical Geography of the United States (East Carolina Univ.)
• Political Geography (Georgia College & State University)
• Practicing Geography (University of Tennessee)
• Urban Geography (Georgia Southern University)

Graduate level:
• Advanced Geographic Images (East Carolina University)
• Cultural Geography (Georgia Southern Univ., Georgia College & State University)
• Geography of American South (Georgia Southern University)
• Geographical Research & Professional Development (University of Tennessee)
• Political Geography (Georgia College & State University)
• Seminar in Cultural Geography (East Carolina University)
• Seminar in Geography of American South (University of Tennessee)
• Seminar in the Geography of Heritage (East Carolina University)
• Seminar in Public Memory (University of Tennessee)
• Seminar in Tourism Geographies (University of Tennessee)
• Topics in Qualitative Methods (University of Tennessee)
• Topics in Cultural Geography (University of Tennessee)
• Tourism Development (East Carolina University)
• Urban Geography (Georgia Southern University)

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