Joe is an Academic Adviser with the University of Washington’s Integrated Social Sciences Program and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the UW Geography Department. He brings to this job nearly 10 years of experience as a lecturer in the Department of Geography at UW where he taught a variety of courses (ranging from GIS to food studies to political geography to development studies to qualitative methods, and more). He also taught classes for the Political Science Department and the Jackson School of International Relations at the UW, and he has taught for Seattle University and UW Bothell. He was twice awarded the “Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching” in the Department of Geography and was twice nominated for the “University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award.”
Through his checkered career, Joe has worked in refugee camp administration and local refugee resettlement, computer programming, international development (in Vietnam), and telecommunications data management. In all the jobs he has had, he has found that he likes best teaching and advising: helping folks who are working toward their college degree. Through all his varied pursuits, common threads include an interdisciplinary approach to complex human problems, a concern for social equity, and a great love of maps.
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