Published on December 17, 2012
Samford University Geography Department chair Eric Fournier served as a delegate to a specialist meeting on "Spatial Thinking Across the Curriculum" at the University of California, Santa Barbara Dec. 10-11.The meeting, hosted by the university's Center for Spatial Studies, included delegates from many of the nation’s top universities. Their work supported the center’s mission to facilitate the integration of spatial thinking into processes for learning and discovery in the natural, social, and behavioral sciences, to promote excellence in engineering and applied sciences, and to enhance creativity in the arts and humanities.
Fournier’s responsibilities at the meeting included moderating a breakout session on “Framing an Undergraduate Course Syllabi and/or Program Curriculum.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.