GIS Assistant Program

The GIS Assistant Program has two main objectives: (1) to facilitate student learning of spatial data analysis and (2) to facilitate use of spatial data analysis techniques in faculty teaching and scholarship. The Program consists of 4-5 GIS savvy students available to help faculty, staff, and students with GIS-related needs. Assistantships are paid positions ans Assistants work an average of 5 hours per week. Assistance can be large-scale such as helping a faculty member to design a course module or to implement spatial analyses for a research project. Or faculty 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. Faculty can request a dedicated GIS Assistant for partial or entire semesters (average of 5 hours per week).

(2) GIS Assistants hold regular drop-in hours at the QAC Tutor Center (http://www.wesleyan.edu/qac/tutoring.html). 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.

Spring 2016 GIS Assistants

Intern name Professor Course/Project
Mads O’Brien C. Fullilove The Political Geography of Biodiversity
Remy Johnson C. Fullilove The Political Geography of Biodiversity
Stephanie Ling G. Shaw Medieval Bishop Movement
Sophie Breitbart F. Cohan & D. Kriznac Evolutionary and Ecological Informatics/BIOL/COMP 327
C. Maines Architecture and Monastic Life to the 13th Century
C. Dimas map making assistance and GIS instruction
L. Bui GIS instruction
Tessa Hill K. Diver Course Assistant QAC 231
Sam Raby M. Katz ARHA 211 Early Medieval Art: Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Mediterranean
Grace Wong (unofficial) Y. Velez

Fall 2015 GIS Assistants

Intern name Professor Course/Project
Mads O’Brien C. Fullilove The Political Geography of Biodiversity
Remy Johnson C. Fullilove The Political Geography of Biodiversity
Stephanie Ling G. Shaw Digital History HIST 211 & Medieval Bishop Movement
Sophie Breitbart F. Cohan & D. Kriznac Evolutionary and Ecological Informatics/BIOL/COMP 327
Tessa Hill (unofficial) K. Diver Course Assistant E&ES 322

Spring 2015 GIS Interns

For Spring 2015, Mads O’Brien (’16, E&ES, SISP) is a Quantitative Analysis Center tutor and a de facto GIS Intern.

Spring 2015 Interns:
Intern name Professor Course/Project
Kate Cullen (’16, E&ES, HIST) A. Williams
C. Zamboni
HIST211 Digital History
ITAL112 Intermediate Italian II
 DeNeile Cooper (’15, ANTH)  C. Maines  ARHA213 Monastic Utopias: Architecture and Monastic Life to the 13th Century
 Margaret Daly (’15, ANTH)  C. Maines ARHA213 Monastic Utopias: Architecture and Monastic Life to the 13th Century
 Talia DeRogatis (’15, AMST,ENVS)  R. Ficek CHUM309 Road Trip! Mobility and Encounter in the Americas
 Marjahn Finlayson (’15, E&ES)  J. Torgerson  COL128 Re-imagining East and West: Constantinople between Rome and Istanbul
 Non-interns in a similar role:
 Abby Shneyder (’17)  G. Shaw  HIST201 Medieval Europe
 Sadasia McCutchen (’17, CSS) M. Kingsley Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship