CSU Geography Professor Publishes her First E-Book

Rees_AmandaCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Amanda Rees, associate professor of geography in Columbus State University’s Department of History and Geography, recently published her first e-book, Thriving as a Stand-Alone Geographer: A Handbook.

This text was written for Stand-Alone Geographers, an affinity group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) representing geographers who work alone or in small programs or departments at colleges and universities. Beyond SAGE, the book is also designed to help those working in the private sector, government and non-profit organizations.

Focusing primarily on academic geographers, Rees’ book offers a recent survey of SAGE members, strategies for positioning geography in higher education, ideas about how to remain productive as a researcher and recommendations for resources and increasing SAGE visibility in the discipline and within the AAG.

Apple-users can download the book from iTunes on desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. For those with PCs or Android tablet or phone, it can be found at lulu.com and downloaded from there. PC-users who haven’t downloaded e-books may have to download a free copy of Adobe Digital Editions.

"As we are the experts in this particular sphere and we can make effective editorial decisions without a publisher,” said Rees, when asked why she decided to go the epublishing route. Epublishing gets useful information out quickly to our colleagues for free."

Rees, who joined Columbus State’s faculty in 2005, is now part of the regional and national leadership for SAGEs. Previously, she taught at the University of Wyoming.

"Its challenging to arrive at your first teaching position and have no colleagues from your discipline to help mentor you,” Rees said. “When I arrived at CSU there was no geography program, and my new department was called the Department of History. Working out how to raise the profile of geography was my first priority. Sharing that knowledge means that our new colleagues don't have to re-invent the wheel."

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