Teaching Mountains: A One-day, International, Pedagogy Workshop

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September 7, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Geography, Humanities, Teaching and Learning

Call for proposals deadline: 10 June 2022

Decisions announced: 13 June 2022

Workshop day: 7 September 2022

Workshop location (no virtual option): Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France

The Teaching Mountains workshop compliments the Mountain the Teacher -- Mountain Taught conference of the International Association for Alpine History (8-10 Sept 2022 at Université Grenoble Alpes). With the kind support of the conference team, I am organizing this one-day workshop preceding the conference. The focus of the workshop is the pedagogy of mountains.  

Please contact me, Katherine Ledford (ledfordke@appstate.edu), with questions about the workshop, not the conference organizers. 

Workshop details

  • ​Workshop participants will share their experiences with and processes for teaching mountains, not researching them. Pedagogy is our focus, so practical teaching and curriculum development tips will be much appreciated.
  • Workshop topics include, but are not limited to: 

~  academic programs in mountain studies (undergraduate, graduate; majors, minors, certificates)

~  centers for mountain studies and their connections with pedagogy both on and off campuses

~  individual teachers' pedagogical practice (innovative syllabi; teaching techniques; successes & challenges in the classroom)

~  teaching mountains at an institution outside a mountain region

~  teaching mountains at an institution that does not have a robust mountain studies curriculum or engagement

~  teaching mountain humanities

~  teaching mountain sciences

~  incorporating mountain humanities into mountain science teaching and vice versa

~  award-winning mountain studies teachers and what they do best

~  the Appalachian Regional Commission's Appalachian Teaching Project (USA)

~  teaching writing mountains -- creative writing teachers and their pedagogical practices

  • Workshop session categories:

~  individual presentation (20 minutes)​

~  group presentation with three or more presenters (1 hour)

  • There is no Zoom option for either the workshop or the conference. 

  • Workshop participants are responsible for their own travel costs.

  • Workshop participants are encouraged to attend the Mountain the Teacher -- Mountain Taught conference (8-10 Sept 2022) immediately following the workshop.

  • If a workshop participant stays for the conference and would like to contribute to the Mountain the Teacher -- Mountain Taught conference, please contact me (ledfordke@appstate.edu), not the conference organizers. The conference call for papers has long been closed. However, workshop participants may appear on the conference program as a presenter in a conference session titled Findings from the Teaching Mountains Workshop. That conference participation arrangement is made through me, not the conference organizers.

Contact Info: 

Katherine E. Ledford, PhD

Professor of Appalachian Studies | Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Appalachian State University

CPO Box 32018 | 305 Bodenheimer Drive

Living Learning Academic Bldg., Room 108 | Boone, NC 28608-2018 USA  

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