By Katy TerBerg
Dr. Joseph P. Stoltman, professor of geography and science education and WMU faculty member since 1971, received the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Award from the Association of American Geographers for 2011 at its annual conference in Seattle. The award is in recognition of Stoltman’s contributions to the field of geography and specifically geographical education.
The award is given in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, past president and CEO of the National Geographic Society and Chairman of the NGS Board of Directors. Among Stoltman’s noted achievements were leadership in the National Council for Geographic Education, serving as chair and member of the Commission on Geographical Education of the International Geographical Union for 24 years, and service to the AAG as well as a number of other state, national, and international organizations as a member of committees and research projects.
In its citation the AAG noted that Stoltman’s name “is one of the most widely cited and recognized by geographers whose professional and academic careers have focused on geographical education.” In 2006, Stoltman was given an award from the Royal Geography Association of Queensland, Australia for his research and leadership in the professional fields of geography and education.
Stoltman, along with Lisa DeChano-Cook, associate professor of geography, developed a project to design a Michigan Land Use Model for elementary social and science instruction and lessons for teachers using the Grade-level Content Expectations for Michigan.
Stoltman has served on several standing committees of the National Council for Geographic Education, as a Fellow of the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education, and as editor the Michigan Geographic Alliance, Research in Geographic Education, and co-editor of International Research in Geography and Environmental Education.