Editor’s note: Thank you for joining us for the first podcast edition of GeoInspirations. Today our distinguished columnist, Dr. Joseph Kerski, talks with Dr. Shannon White, GIS Certificate Coordinator at William and Mary.
One of the first people I ever met in the field of GIS education is Dr. Shannon White. I had the honor of serving on her dissertation committee where her focus was on evaluating middle school student use of GIS, and we have kept in touch ever since about ways to foster spatial thinking through the use of geotechnology. I have been consistently impressed by her ability to communicate the value of spatial thinking to multiple ages in multiple settings, whether leading after-school groups into caves to do surveys to teaching her university students and beyond. She has contributed so much to the development of teaching methods, research, and applications in our field. She has been keen on being a role model particularly to female students of all ages in GIS. It is my pleasure to introduce Dr. Shannon White to the readers of Directions.
(00:24) Can you give us a little background and how you got to where you are?
(05:33) What is the biggest challenge that you’re facing right now?
(09:34) Given your multifaceted pathway, what would be the most important class, book, person, event or something else that convinced you to pursue what you’re doing?
(15:17) Thinking about all the projects you’ve been involved with over the years, what are you most proud of?
(18:54) How can we encourage the community?
“Partnerships with local schools or local youth organizations can be beneficial not only to the kids but to their own organizations, collecting data that they need.”
(23:51) What is the most important thing that you need to work on as the geospatial community?
(31:23) What would be your advice for a new professional in the fields that we have been talking about today?