East Carolina University geography professor Dr. Derek Alderman recently was honored at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers on Saturday, April 16, in Seattle, Wash.
Alderman was selected as the recipient of the 2011 AAG Meredith F. Burrill Award. The purpose of the award is to stimulate and reward talented individuals and groups whose accomplishments parallel the intellectual traditions Meredith F. Burrill pursued as a geographer.
Awardees are recognized for work of exceptional merit and quality that lies at or near the intersection of basic research and practice or policy implications. In particular, it honors multidisciplinary work on the interrelationships of significant cultural phenomena, place names, and promoting local, national and international collaboration on such problems.
While at ECU, Alderman has produced work on sustained scholarship and active community engagement with respect to geographies of public memory and social justice. He actively and successfully integrates research and fieldwork into his teaching efforts, evidenced by six teaching awards, and by producing students who are engaged in their education and community in ways that produce new knowledge for themselves and the discipline of geography as a whole.
A colleague points out that Alderman “is one of our field’s emerging public intellectuals.”
Outside of the university community, Alderman has a national reputation with expertise in landscape inscription and the politics of street and place naming. He has participated in interviews with the CBS Evening News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and CNN.com.
“There is no way this award would have been possible for me without the great support I get from ECU, my college and my department,” said Alderman.