Call for Chapters: STEM and GIS in Higher Education

Call for chapters:

STEM and GIS in Higher Education [tentative title] Edited by Dr. David J. Cowen


This ebook will provide compelling stories of innovative ways faculty are incorporating GIS to advance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities in higher education. As a successor to the existing publication Advancing STEM Education with GIS, the eBook will explore how faculty, staff and students are successfully using GIS to analyze and better understand data in their specific STEM fields. The target audience for this book is university STEM faculty who may know little about GIS or spatial analysis. The objectives are to provide thought provoking stories, describe innovative approaches to the collection, analysis and display of spatial data, and identify the unique benefits of applying GIS methods. Ideally, the book will become a major resource in the development of spatially oriented teaching or research models within STEM disciplines.

The eBook will demonstrate the value of using a spatial perspective to organize and analyze data from many disciplines. An emphasis will be placed on STEM-GIS methods and tools that investigate real world problems. Examples may include:

  • a biology faculty member, who uses GIS to document speciation of particular salamander around a valley, or
  • a civil engineering professor who uses ArcGIS to extend her CAD models of bridges with students, or
  • the statistics professor who integrates R-based programming with ArcGIS to extend geospatial correlations within a mathematical model of migratory paths.

The volume is expected to contain at least 13 chapters. Generally, chapters should not exceed 3,000 words nor should they contain more than four tables, illustrations, or maps.

Deadlines and anticipated timeline:

Editor Cowen is working closely with the Esri Education Outreach team on this prospectus.

  • Chapter proposals due to editor Cowen: September 1, 2014

  • Notifications of acceptance into book prospectus: September 30, 2014

  • First round of papers due: November 21, 2014

  • Authors review 1 paper: December 1, 2014

  • Author peer-review due: December 31, 2014

  • Authors receive reviewed chapters: January 15, 2015

  • Updated manuscripts and permission releases due by February 15, 2015

  • Full manuscript submission: March 31, 2015

  • Esri publishes: June 15, 2015

Proposal submissions:

Please submit the following as attachments to Editor Dr. Cowen via email:

  • Names, affiliation & brief bio (3-5 sentences) for each author.

  • Brief description (3-6 sentences) of your proposed contribution.

  • 600-word executive summary of the proposed contribution, briefly describe the following:

    • the context, including discipline and topic

    • the challenge or need

    • where and how non-spatial technologies were used

    • a brief technical overview of the tools and workflows employed the benefit of GIS and a spatial perspective to the challenge


Please consider suggesting reviewers for the book prospectus. Include name, affiliation, and contact information:

Dr. David J. Cowen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus

116 Ila Lane
Columbia, SC 29206
Home phone: 803-787-4745
Mobile: 803-445-5100
Fax: 803-738-8261
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Published Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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