FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington instructor of geography Brad Dearden has been awarded a Sasakawa Fellowship for participation in the National Faculty Development Institute, through the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

The fellowship provides $5,500 for attending the Institute’s program, “Incorporating Japanese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum,” to be held at San Diego State University in June.

Dearden teaches economic and political geography as well as the geography of Asia. He also has taught courses on development issues and terrorism. Dearden’s research focuses on the impact of employment on migration trends in Germany, as well as economic development strategies for rural areas in Guatemala.

The University of Maine at Farmington offers the only geography major in the state. The program offers expert faculty, valuable practicum experience, a state-of-the-art Spatial Analysis Lab and courses in geographic information science systems.

Students work with state and local governments through internships and field work and take international and national travel courses as they prepare for jobs in state agencies, companies with environmental concerns and graduate school.

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