NIU wins two National Council for Geographic Education awards

Thomas J. Pingel

Thomas J. Pingel

An NIU Department of Geography student and professor are among the 2014 honorees of the National Council for Geographic Education.

Student Joseph Tackes collected an NCGE/AAG Excellence of Scholarship Award. Tackes and 21 others from across the country were chosen by university faculty as the best all-around undergraduate student geography scholars.

Thomas J. Pingel, an assistant professor at NIU, is one of two winners of the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Grants for Research in Geographic Education.This award provides financial assistance to advance the frontiers of geographic education by supporting and promoting innovative research in theory, practice and application.

Pingel’s project is “Anchor-Point Theory as the Basis for Global Scale Cognitive Map Development via Web Maps.”

NCGE has worked for 99 years to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning at all levels of instruction. Through its awards program, the NCGE recognizes excellence in geography teaching, mentoring, research, instructional design and service.

Award recipients will be honored during a ceremony held at the 2014 National Conference on Geography Education, scheduled from Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.

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