Dr. Shannon H. White, GIS Certificate Coordinator for William and Mary’s Center for Geospatial Analysis, has focused on outreach, teaching & research in GIS and geospatial education for nearly 20 years.
Shannon’s work has focused on promotion of geospatial technologies, geographic analysis and spatial thinking throughout her career. She has worked with audiences ranging from geospatial professionals, to college and university students and faculty, and to K-12 educators and youth. She has worked in leadership roles in local, state, regional, national and international groups of researchers and geospatial technology users.
Prior to her arrival at W&M, Shannon’s work was with University of Missouri Extension, included roles as Geospatial Extension Specialist and 4-H State Science Specialist, in the Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development. She also served as Coordinator of the Missouri Geographic Alliance and lead the effort toward a statewide K-12 GIS license for youth in Missouri. Shannon previously was the the Assistant Director for the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida. At USF she directed a statewide professional development program and it's trainers (the Florida Digital Educator and Master Digital Educator Programs).
Shannon earned her Ph.D. in Instructional Technology with a focus on GIS and her M.Ed. in Social Studies Education from North Carolina State University. She earned her undergraduate degrees from Radford University in Virginia. Her teaching experience in middle and high school classrooms, universities, and museums, such as Colonial Williamsburg, bring a unique perspective to her teaching and research. Her research interests are in the areas of geography education, GIS, geospatial technologies, instructional technology integration in K-20 education, and educational professional development.