Eric Fournier, a native of Biddeford, Maine, has always been fascinated by geography. Although he majored in journalism in college he minored in geography and decided to earn a doctorate in the latter field. His experience as a graduate teaching assistant revealed a love and talent for teaching. His outstanding teaching has been recognized by The National Council for Geographic Education, The Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, and Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences. In 2014 he was named Alabama Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Fournier joined Samford's faculty in 1997 and currently teaches World Geography, Physical Geography, Urban, Economic Giants of Asia, and Mapping a Changing World. Whenever possible, he also teaches the Bridging London course at Daniel House, Samford's London, England campus.
Fournier says Geography fascinates him because it is ever-changing and always relevant to society. He also enjoys exploring the connections between geography and economics, religion, and history.
In addition to his duties in the Geography Department, Fournier serves as Director of Samford’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship.
Away from Samford, Fournier enjoys spending time with his family. He plays the ukulele and cycles regularly. He played rugby for many years and occasionally referees matches for the Deep South Rugby Referee’s Society.
Degrees and Certifications
- B.S., Syracuse University
- Ph.D., The University of Georgia
- Ph.D., The University of Georgia
Awards and Honors
- Alabama Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2014
- Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, Howard College of Arts and Sciences, 2013
- Excellence in Teaching Award, Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, 2011
- National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching Award
- Rotary International Group Study Exchange to India (Jan. 2000)
- Honorary Life Member, University of Georgia Rugby Club
- Moore, N, Fournier, E.J.,Hardwick, S. Healey, M.J., McClachlan, J., Seeman, Jorn. (2011) Mapping the journey towards self-authorship in geography. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 35(3)351-364.
- Pawson, Eric, Eric Fournier, Martin Haigh,Osvaldo Muniz, Julie Trafford, and Susan Vajoczki. 2010. Problem-based Learning in Geography: towards a Critical Assessment of its Purposes, Benefits, and Risks. Active Learning and Student Engagement: International Perspectives and Practices in Geography in Higher Education. Edited by Mick Healey, Eric Pawson, Michael Solem. London: Routledge
- Fournier, Eric J.2010. Savannah Riverfront Makes a Comeback: from urban decay to crown jewel. Perspective. 38(6):1-6.
- Fournier, Eric J. 2010. Savannah: A place unlike any other. Perspective. 38(5):1-6).
- Fournier, Eric J. 2009. “Active Learning” in Aspiring Academics: a resource book forgraduate students and early career faculty. (Ken Foote and Michael Solem,eds.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
- Pawson, Eric, Eric Fournier, Martin Haigh, Osvaldo Muniz, Julie Trafford, and Susan Vajoczki. 2008 . Assessing the Uses and Values of PBL in Geography. Academic Exchange Quarterly. 12(1) Spring 2008.
- Pawson, Eric, Eric Fournier, Martin Haigh, Osvaldo Muniz, Julie Trafford, and Susan Vajoczki. 2006. Problem-based Learning in Geography: towards a Critical Assessment of its Purposes, Benefits, and Risks. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 30(1): 103-116.