It is an honor to have Dr. Sarah W. Bednarz present the 2016 GPRM Division Keynote Address. Dr. Bednarz is the past President of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and Professor Emerita at Texas A&M University. Her talk, 'Survival in a Time of Disruption,' will occur at the evening banquet, 6:00 - 7:00 PM, Saturday, October 22, in the Mining Exchange's Platinum Room.

Dr. Bednarz's primary research interests focus on the intersections of the learning sciences, geography, the geosciences, and geospatial technologies, with a special focus on spatial and geographic thinking, at a range of educational levels. Her related research interests include environmental and geosciences education, curriculum development, assessment, and professional development for educator preparation. This is, in part, based on her experience as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Geosciences, 2008-20014. Issues related to how spatial, geographical, and geospatial thinking contribute to the development of committed and educated citizens is of increasing importance and personal relevance.

Dr. Bednarz has worked extensively in pre- and in-service professional development as well as with early and mid-career faculty in university settings. Recently, she chaired the Geographical Sciences Educational Research Committee, part of the NSF-funded project Roadmap to 21st Century Geographic Literacy ( She is a Commissioning Editor for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and, as Vice President for the American Association of Geographers 2014-2015 (President, 2015-2016), organized the Department Head Leadership Workshop at the University of Connecticut in June 2015.