Derek H. Alderman

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Teaching & Advising

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).

 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.

  • Stefanie Benjamin (MS, 2011, thesis), Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University.

  • Anna Eskridge (MA, 2007, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Glenn Gentry (MA, 2004, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Justin Gross (MA, 2006, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University

  • .Laura Heavner (MA, 2006, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Allison Hueber (MA, 2011, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Richard Kennedy (MA, 2013, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Jennifer Mann (MA, 2010, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Suzanne McArdle (MA, 2008, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Arnold Modlin, Jr. (MA, 2008, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University

  • Terri Moreau, (MA, 2008, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Christopher McPhilamy (MA, 2004, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Palmer-Maloney (PhD, 2012, dissertation), Coastal Resources Management, East Carolina University.

  • William Caleb Parker (MA, 2007, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Jeff Prince (MA, 2003, internship report), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • James Tripp (MA, 2004, internship report), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Heather Ward (PhD, 2010, dissertation), Coastal Resources Management, East Carolina University.

  • Matt Watterson (MA, 2010, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University

  • In Progress

      • Janna Caspersen (PhD), Geography, University of Tennessee

      • Matt Cook (PhD), Geography, University of Tennessee

      • Hannah Gunderman (PhD), Geography, University of Tennessee

      • Tyler Sonnichsen (PhD), Geography, University of Tennessee

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

      • Jihwan Yoon (PhD), Geography, University of Tennessee


Graduate Student Advisory Committee Member:

  • Michaelina Antahades (MS, 2011, non-thesis project), Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University.

  • Andy Baker (PhD, 2013, dissertation), Geography, University of Tennessee.

  • Scott Basford (MS, 2014, thesis), Geography, University of Tennessee.

  • Stefanie Benjamin (PhD, 2015, dissertation), Educational Foundations and Inquiry, University of South Carolina

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

  • Ruth Bowling (MS, 2014, thesis), Geography, University of Tennessee.

  • Justin Briggs (MA, 2010, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Charles Brown, Jr. (MA, 2004, thesis), Recreation & Leisure Studies, East Carolina University.

  • Rachel Campbell (MA, 2008, internship), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Patia M. Connell (MS, 2010, thesis), Biology, East Carolina University.

  • Neil Conner (PhD, 2015, dissertation), Geography, University of Tennessee

  • Michael Edwards (MA, 2006, thesis), Exercise and Sports Science, East Carolina University.

  • Valerie Grussing (Ph.D., 2009, dissertation), Coastal Resources Management Program, East Carolina University.

  • Sean Hawley (MA, 2009, internship), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • José Izquierdo (MS, 2014,thesis), Geography, University of Tennessee.

  • Elin Langholm (MA, 2002, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Russ Lewis (Ph.D., 2009, dissertation), Coastal Resources Management, East Carolina University.

  • Marvin N. McFadyen (MA, 2002, internship report), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Jessie Messina (MA, 2009, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Calvin Mires (PhD, 2014, dissertation), Coastal Resources Management, East Carolina University.

  • Alison Murray (MS, 2012, thesis), Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University.

  • Shamaury Myrick (MA, 2006, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Jill Naar (MA, 2010, thesis), Recreation and Leisure Studies, East Carolina University.

  • Velvet Nelson (MA, 2003, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Joseph Roberts (MS, 2015, thesis), Geography, University of Tennessee

  • Melissa Wicks (MA, 2007, thesis), Geography, East Carolina University.

  • Whit Winslow (MS, 2012, thesis), Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University.

In progress

  • Melanie Barron (PhD), Geography, University of Tennessee

  • Matt Blaylock (PhD), History, University of Tennessee

  • Alicia Laffoon (PhD), Elementary Education, University of Tennessee

  • Hope Smith (PhD), Anthropology, University of Tennessee

  • Matthew Smith (PhD), English, University of Tennessee

  • Gwen Ruttencutter (PhD), Educational Psychology & Research, 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)

  • Urban Geography (Georgia Southern University)

 Graduate level:

  • Advanced Geographic Images (East Carolina University)

  • Cultural Geography (Georgia Southern University, Georgia College & State University)

  • Geography of American South (Georgia Southern University, University of Tennessee)

  • Introduction to Geographical Research (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 Cultural Geography (University of Tennessee)

  • Tourism Development (East Carolina University)

  • Urban Geography (Georgia Southern University)


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