Concord Faculty Member to Serve on National Education Council

Athens, W.Va. – Dr. Joseph Manzo, professor of geography and division chairperson of social sciences has been elected to serve as a board member on the Curriculum and Instruction Committee of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE). His term began January 1, 2001. Bi-annual meetings will be held in New York in February and in Vancouver in August. He previously served as a member and later chair of a committee that presented honors and awards to outstanding teachers in the southeastern region of the U.S. His committee membership was by appointment.

Manzo earned his doctoral degree in geography from the University of Kansas and began teaching at Concord in 1978. Last year he was nominated by West Virginia students and faculty for professor of the year.

Manzo directs the Appalachian Studies program at Concord College and organizes 12-day summer geography institutes for West Virginia public school teachers. In addition, he has organized trips for teachers to study in Thailand, and to work with Native Americans in Colorado and Arizona. Manzo has won fellowships to study in Thailand, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia. During the past six years, he has obtained more than $100,000 yearly in grants to develop geography programs for classrooms in West Virginia.

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Concord College Notes: The college’s faculty participated in a wide variety of activities including: publications, presentations, shows, research and graduate study. During the 1998-99 school year, the college’s faculty participated in 446 activities.

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