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Jeff Howarth

Assistant Professor of Geography

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Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:00, Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00
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Courses

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GEOG 0120 - Fundamentals of GIS      

Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
This course introduces fundamental concepts and methods of geographic information systems (GIS): computer systems for processing location-based data. Through a sequence of applied problems, students will practice how to conceive, gather, manage, analyze, and visualize geographic datasets. Major topics will include raster and vector data structures and operations, geographic frameworks, and principles of cartographic design. (Open to GEOG and ENVS major only; first semester first year students and seniors by waiver)3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab.

DED SOC

Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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GEOG 0217 - Geography of Islands      

Geography of Islands
In this course we will examine islands from the perspective of physical geography, human geography, and the humanities in order to connect the physical characteristics of islands to the processes and functions that characterize them. Through lectures, readings, and writing assignments, we will consider islands as discrete terrestrial systems and as components of pelagic systems, as a person's home and as a nation's outpost, as a place of refuge, and as a place of exile. By viewing islands as both laboratory and metaphor, we will identify the many contributions of islands to theories of space across academic disciplines. 3 hrs. lect.

SOC

Spring 2012

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GEOG 0320 - GIS Applications      

GIS Applications
This course introduces the structure, concepts, and application of geographic information systems (GIS): computer-based systems designed to process large spatial databases. The productive use of GIS technology in the physical and social sciences, environmental management, and regional planning is investigated through a variety of applied exercises and problems. (Not open to first-year and sophomore students) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab.

DED SOC

Fall 2010, Fall 2011

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GEOG 0325 / GEOG 0310 - Cartographic Design      

Cartographic Design
In this course we will study principles of cartographic design in the digital era. Major topics will include cartography before computing, reference map design, wayfinding, thematic map design, realism, 3D rendering, and interactive maps. Laboratory exercises will provide opportunities for students to use graphics software and geographic information systems to implement concepts from lectures. Through a series of independent projects and group critiques, students will learn to design cartographic products that facilitate spatial thinking and effectively communicate spatial information to specialist and lay audiences. (GEOG 0120 or GEOG 0320 or by waiver; open to geography majors) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab SOC (J. Howarth)

ART SOC

Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014

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GEOG 0420 - Innovations in Teaching GIS      

Seminar in GIS: Innovations in Teaching and Learning GIS
How can technological innovations – open-source GIS, multimedia production and online publishing – change how people learn GIS and other spatial technologies? In this seminar we will critically investigate empirical research on how people learn to solve problems and think spatially, how the design of instruction can influence this learning, and how technological innovations can potentially transform teaching practices. Students will then independently develop and assess multimedia modules that are designed to help people learn to use GIS and other spatial methods. Potential target audiences for these modules may include high school students, college students in a particular discipline, non-profit and grassroots organizations, or other social groups who can apply GIS and spatial tools to solve practical or academic problems. The modules will be published online, contributing to a web-based educational resource for teaching GIS. (GEOG0120) 3 hrs. sem.

Fall 2010, Fall 2013

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GEOG 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Junior majors only. (Approval Required)

Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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GEOG 0700 - Senior Research      

Senior Research
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Senior majors only. (Approval Required)

Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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GEOG 0701 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
Students with a departmental GPA of 3.3 or higher are eligible to complete a two-credit senior thesis. In order to complete a senior thesis, students must have a proposal approved by a primary thesis advisor and a secondary departmental reader prior to registering for the first 0701 credit. Upon completion of the thesis, thesis students will present their work in a public seminar and defend the thesis in front of the departmental faculty. Thesis presentations and defenses will typically take place during the final week of classes or the examination period. Upon completion of the presentation and defense, the primary advisor and secondary departmental reader will be responsible for evaluating and grading the thesis. It is strongly encouraged that students considering a thesis discuss their ideas with an advisor during the semester prior to registering for formal thesis credits. (Approval only)

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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INTD 0400 - Learning with Digital Maps      

Learning with Digital Maps
In this studio we will create online educational resources that help undergraduate students learn digital methods for mapping and spatial analysis. We will design and evaluate these learning materials by applying cognitive research on spatial thinking, multimedia learning, and instructional design. Studio participants will engage with an academic department or Middlebury program in order to identify existing and potential applications of digital mapping and spatial analysis, produce distributable multimedia tutorials to help novices integrate software techniques with more general concepts of spatial representation and analysis, and assess the effectiveness of their instructional design on student learning. (GEOG 0120; Approval required) 3 hrs. sem.

CW

Fall 2014

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Research Areas

Spatial Thinking in Problem Based Learning
Instructional Design for GIS and Cartography
GIS in Planning and Design

Degrees

Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, September 2008

MA, Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 2003

BA, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, June 1994 (honors)