Regional Councilor Election:Bio-sketches
Associate Professor of Geography
West Virginia University
330 Brooks Hall
98 Beechurst Ave.
Morgantown, WV, 26506
Jamison Conley is an Associate Professor of Geography at West Virginia University, where he was the director of the undergraduate BA in Geography program from 2013 through 2019. His recent teaching and research focuses on spatial analysis and GIScience, with specific applications in international development, and access to public health resources in West Virginia. Through the international development work, he serves on the steering committee for YouthMappers, an organization which supports a worldwide network of chapters of undergraduate students contributing mapping data to OpenStreetMap for humanitarian purposes. He has also been a reader for the AP Human Geography exam since 2017. He has been active in SEDAAG since moving to the division in 2008, largely through the World Geography Bowl, having been the director of the SEDAAG World Geography Bowl from 2011-2014. More recently, he has started a term in 2020 as the West Virginia State Representative to the SEDAAG Steering Committee. At the AAG level, Jamison has been the Director of the AAG World Geography Bowl since 2014, organizing an event that provides financial support for approximately 70 students to attend the AAG Annual Meeting every year. As Councilor, he would seek to promote the reach of geography in economically disadvantaged regions of the US, like Appalachia and other places in the SEDAAG Division. He would also seek to promote geography throughout undergraduate programs nationwide.
Deepak Mishra, PhD
Professor & Associate Head
Director, Small Satellite Research Lab
Department of Geography
University of Georgia
Deepak Mishra is a Professor of Geography and Associate Department Head in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. Deepak’s research expertise is in the area of application of geospatial science to monitor coastal environments particularly vegetation and water resources in the southeastern U.S. His work has been published in a range of leading journals, and is widely-cited in geography and related disciplines. Deepak served as the coeditor of Southeastern Geographer (SEG) for 4 years, from 2016 to 2019. In those four years, Co-Editors Hilda Kurtz and Deepak Mishra brought several key changes to how the journal operates. Deepak was instrumental in negotiating a deal with Manuscript Central’s ScholarOne which resulted in the conversion from email submissions to a web interface. This change greatly streamlined the review process and SEG subsequently assigned by Thomson Reuters to an Emerging Citations Index, one step closer to obtaining an Impact Factor. Deepak now serves as a member of the editorial board of SEG. Deepak has been a member of AAG, Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG), and Coastal and Marine Specialty Group since 2005. He served as the Director of the RSSG from 2009 to 2011 when the group had approximately 800 members. He has served on the Senior Advisory Panel for the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program of the National Science Foundation for 3 years. He has been a regular reviewer for several NASA programs, National Academy of Sciences Gulf program, and Belgian, Dutch, Estonian, British, New Zealand, and Brazilian government remote sensing grant programs. He currently serves as an occasional reviewer for more than 35 journals, Associate Editor of ISPRS Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Journal, and Section Editor-in-Chief of MDPI’s Remote Sensing Letter. He received the SEDAAG’s Research Honors Award in 2011 Pensacola meeting, and Excellence in Service Award in 2019 Wilmington meeting.
Selima Sultana (PhD, 2000, University of Georgia) is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG). She is a broadly trained human geographer and an engaged citizen, who considers research, teaching, and service to be fully integrated with each other to understand and address the real issues communities are facing. Dr. Sultana is co-editor of the Southeastern Geographer and has held multiple leadership positions for SEDAAG including the Honors, Program, Steering, Resolution, and Nomination Committees, served as two-term President of the North Carolina Geographical Society, and Chair of the Transport Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. Additionally, Dr. Sultana co-chaired the Housing, Migration, and Commuting cluster of the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research group. Dr. Sultana’s work has focused on understanding the commuting/travel patterns and behaviors of individuals. She has authored a book on transportation modes across the world, published dozens of scholarly articles in leading geography and discipline-based journals, and is currently working on a co-authored book about the human geography of the U.S. National Park system. She loves promoting geography and people!