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Geography and Careers

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The Council, comprising elected officers and councilors, the President and the ex-officio executive director, forms the governing body of the association with the roles and responsibilities of the council, executive committee and the executive director all stated in the constitution of the AAG. The association is organized into 9 divisions representing different regions of the United States but is also open to geographers studying or working abroad, while also highly encouraging participation from developing nations. The AAG elections are conducted online with all members eligible to take part. The online voting process makes voting a lot easier for the members and easier to manage.

Data concerning the nomination and election process are available for all in “Section 2, Methods of Nomination and Election” of the AAG constitution and bylaws. All eligible voters receive an email with an ID voting password and a link to a voting page where they authenticate their identity. Once authenticated, the voter has access to a tamper-proof electronic ballot. Once the ballot is completed and submitted, the results are encrypted and kept anonymous. The voter then receives a receipt and is prevented from voting in the same election a second time. Paper ballots for those who requested them are counted at the end of the election process and added to electronic totals.

Final results are published in March. Members who prefer not to vote are equally free not to do so. The role of the AAGs Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Committee is to support the free development of scientific inquiry and exchange and to investigate incidents where geographic scholars have been restricted in the pursuit of their work.

The Association of American of Geographers, for example, acting through its Executive Committee and National Council, and on the recommendation of its standing Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, condemns the recent attempt by the leadership of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, through its open records request, to intimidate Professor William Cronon.  William Cronon is the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an eminent figure in the fields of historical and environmental geography.  Professor Cronon is also a citizen-scholar in the best tradition, making his research available to the public in a variety of venues.

The AAG holds that the use of Wisconsins Open Records Law to acquire Professor Cronon’s university emails, after he posted a portion of his research online, is a reprehensible attempt to stifle this public voice (Association of American Geographers, 1).

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  • Pages: 9 (2250 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Geography
  • Level: Undergraduate
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