GIS Working Group Meeting, April 27

Do you plan to integrate geographic information system (GIS), mapping, or other spatial analyses into an upcoming course or project? Perhaps a GIS Assistant can help.

GIS Working Group Meeting
GIS Assistants: What can they do for you?
Wednesday, April 27, 2:40 pm
Usdan 110
During the meeting, current and former faculty participants in the GIS Assistant Program will discuss their experiences with including a GIS Assistant in their teaching or research. The meeting is open to all faculty and staff.

The GIS Assistant Program’s two main objectives are to facilitate student learning of spatial data analysis and to facilitate use of spatial data analysis techniques in faculty teaching and scholarship. The GIS Assistant Program consists of 4-5 GIS savvy students available to help faculty, staff, and students with GIS-related needs. Assistance can be large-scale such as helping to design a course module or implementing spatial analyses for a research project. Or you can request someone for specific short-term tasks such as to geocode a dataset or create a map. The GIS Assistant Program is two-fold:
(1) A GIS Assistant is paired with a Wesleyan faculty member to assist with GIS-related aspects of a course or a research project. This allows faculty to integrate GIS-related content into courses or to incorporate GIS into a long-term or mini project. You can request a dedicated GIS Assistant for partial or entire semesters (average of 5 hours per week). To request a GIS Assistant, fill out the application form at
(2) GIS Assistants hold regular drop-in hours at the QAC Tutor Center ( The drop-in hours are designed to help students, faculty, or staff with GIS-related questions. For example, to discuss how to feasibly incorporate a spatial context to a project or to get help with a specific skill. No appointment is necessary.

The GIS Working Group is an informal meeting to explore issues of incorporating geographic information systems (GIS), mapping, and spatial technologies into teaching and scholarship. The main goal of the group is to connect the growing network of Wesleyan’s GIS users in order to provide an inclusive venue for engaging interested faculty and staff in exploring and expanding the use of spatial technologies in their own work and to foster interdisciplinary collaborations.

For more information, contact:
Kim Diver
Assistant Professor of the Practice

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