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Virginia Thompson

Associate Professor

vthompson@towson.edu

Alma Maters: BA and MA University of Missouri, Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
Classes Taught: GEOG 102, GEOG 391, GEOG 420, GEOG 621
Countries Traveled To: Many in Europe,China,Mexico
Companies Worked For: Exploratorium,Mizzou,NOAA,Oklahoma U,Towson U and others
What is your style of teaching?
Depends on class.Sometimes lecture.Always include participation grade.Upper-level classes writing intensive.Like students to see connections.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Increasing use of web materials.Infrequent videos.Typically have powerpoint with major lecture points(made available to students).
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Baltimore neighborhood profile which includes historical background,census analysis, and field work. Students make maps and take pictures of neighborhood.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Content coupled with good writing style plus some sign of original thinking.
What kind of student would love your class?
Students who like to read and who like history.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Engage in your education. The teacher can't generate all energy needed in a class. You'll like classes better if you decide to find something interesting.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Urban geography and geography of US and Canada.
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Students tell me that they actually like to come in to get advised.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I am studying the role of golf courses in the formation of ethnic enclaves in Baltimore.

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