What is SEDAAG?
SEDAAG is a regional subdivision of the Association of American Geographers, representing over 550 members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Established in 1947, SEDAAG exists to advance investigations in geography and to encourage the application of geographic findings in education, government, and business. The Division supports these objectives by organizing an annual academic conference (traditionally held in November); distributing an electronic newsletter; publishing a peer-reviewed journal (The Southeastern Geographer); granting honors to faculty in recognition of excellence in teaching, service, and research; hosting educational and professional development workshops; and supporting a student paper and poster awards and a World Geography Bowl competition. Membership dues for the Regional Division are separate from dues paid to the Association of American Geographers. One can hold membership in one without holding membership in the other. However, SEDAAG dues are especially reasonable financially ($40 for regular members, $20 for student members) and dues entitle members to participate in the annual meeting and a subscription to The Southeastern Geographer. The journal is forty-nine years old and has been distributed by the prestigious University of North Carolina Press since 2004. Starting in 2009, it will be published on a quarterly basis. Available both online and in traditional hard copy, Southeastern is considered by many to be one of the best regional geography journals in the United States.
Why I am a member of SEDAAG…
SEDAAG meetings occur every November, but the benefits of membership in this organization extend throughout the year….The SEDAAG Committee on the Status of Women in Geography has been especially helpful in meeting and networking with other women in the Southeast region. We gather at the annual meetings and organize sessions around teaching, balancing work and family, common research themes, and other aspects of being a female in the discipline of geography.
--Ann Oberhauser, West Virginia University
Like most geographers, I have global interests far beyond my own backyard. But like many geographers, much of my research is close to home, and I like to keep my teaching informed by trends and examples from the region that my students can relate to. Being a member of SEDAAG helps me make and maintain contacts with others working in the South, and keep up to speed on the region. SEDAAG is also a good tool for graduate student recruiting.
--Jonathan Phillips, University of Kentucky
SEDAAG has long been recognized for its scholarship, collegiality, and opportunities for students and faculty to showcase their interests and talents through a broad array of topics and methods. I especially value the organization’s multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary vision, high quality journal, Southeastern Geographer, and its annual meetings. The affordability of membership is considerable.
--Stephen Walsh, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill