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Surviving the First Time Through: A New Instructor's Views on Designing and Teaching Economic Geography and how Mentoring Early-Career Faculty Can Help

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This article presents the reflections of a new instructor of economic geography in the USA. The author offers practical advice for designing and delivering a course for the first time. Suggestions are given in support of the view that sharing knowledge of effective teaching practices is an important component of mentoring early-career faculty. By producing and publishing practical examples of teaching materials, experienced faculty may assist novice instructors in balancing time spent on teaching and research. The author encourages economic geographers to contribute to the health of the sub-discipline by supporting new faculty in this manner.

Keywords: Economic geography; course design; early-career faculty; mentoring; teaching

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098260600927286

Affiliations: Department of Geography, California State University, Long Beach, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2006

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