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Department of History & Geography

Department of History & Geography

Amanda Rees

Professor

Amanda Rees

Contact

Dr. Amanda Rees

Position: Professor
Office: Yancey Center 350
Phone: 706-507-8358
E-mail: rees_amanda@columbusstate.edu
Bio

Office Hours

Fall Semester, 2017
W 10:00am-1:00pm or by appointment. 
I can also be reached virtually during this time by
Google Hangout (this is located in your CSU email account).

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas
M.A., University of Wyoming

B.A., (Hons) West London Institute of Higher Education


Specialty Area

Community Geography, Cultural Geography, Tourism, SAGEs (Stand Alone Geographers), Urban Geography

Bio

Dr. Rees uses team-based learning to teach World Regional Geography, Cultural Geography, and Urban Geography. Her junior and senior students are regularly engaged in service-learning projects as part of the Columbus Community Geography Center. Recent course projects include: an assessment of community gardens in Columbus; an analysis of food accessibility for the region’s Food Bank; a revised historical driving tour of Talbotton, Ga; and a history from the Chattahoochee River for whitewater river guides. 

Rees chairs CSU’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Committee, and was awarded CSU's Outstanding Faculty in Study Abroad (2013).

Scholarly Activity

In 2016, Dr. Amanda Rees won a grant from Georgia Organics for "Identifying, Supporting, and Empowering the Columbus Community Garden Community Through Mapping."

She worked throughout Summer 2016 with three students majoring in art history, history, and middle grades education to:

  • prepare three research posters for presentation at SEDAAG (Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers) in South Carolina, November 2016.
  • submit Student Research and Creative Endeavors grants (SRACE) to support student travel to present their findings at the SEDAAG conference.

She has recently published:

  • Rees, A., Becker, B., Bryant, C., & Frazier, A. "Shaping OurSpace: Children's Engagement with Nature through Urban Planning & Theatre." In Children, Nature and Cities, edited by A.M. Murnaghan and L. Shillington. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2016: 171-195.
  • Becker, B., Rees, A., Frazier, A. & Bryant C. "Shaping OurSpace: When Theatre, Geography, and Pedagogy Mix." Theatre Symposium 23 (2015): 67-80.

She published the following digital humanities projects in partnership with her students:

  • Rees, A. and Cultural Geography students. (2016) Exploring the Past: Buena Vista, Marion County Heritage Tour. (Digital Humanities) Columbus Community Geography Center.
  • Rees, A. and Cultural Geography students. (2015) In Transition: The Visionary Art Environment of Pasaquan, (Digital Humanities), Columbus Community Geography Center.
  • Rees, A. and Urban Geography students. (2015) At the Crossroads: MidTown, Inc. 2005-2015. (Digital Humanities), Columbus Community Geography Center.

Her most recent conference presentations include: 

  • "Reno-vation and the Emotional Geography of Divorce Tourism in Reno, Nevada 1900-1970." 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 10-12, 2015.  

She attended the following conferences for professional development: 

  • Peace-scapes: Exploring Landscapes of Peace and Peacebuilding Conference, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, May 2-15, 2015.
  • Team-based Learning Collaborative 15th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March, 2015.