Honors and Awards

Teaching-Related

  • ISU Wakonse Fellow, 2008 Wakonse Conference on College Teaching, May 22-27, 2008. Fellows are either nominated by a colleague or chosen for this honor by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) because of their dedication to improving teaching and learning on our ISU campus.
  • Memorable Teacher Award, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University (March, 2007 – Students are asked to nominate inspiring teachers who truly encourage and help them succeed).
  • 2007 CRP Graduation Address - Nominated by the 2007 graduating class to give a graduation address at the College of Design Graduation Ceremony, May, 2007
  • 2006 Polster Teaching Award Recipient, College of Design, Iowa State University. Competitive award given to one faculty member in the College of Design each year for teaching excellence, April 2006
  • Nominated by the Spring 06 graduating class of the Department of Community and Regional Planning to give a graduation address at the College of Design Graduation Ceremony, May, 2006

Professional

  • Advisory Panel member, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDRI), Geography and Spatial Science Program, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. 2012-present
  • Member, Technical Advisory Panel and Network (TAPNETs) of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) (ACBF), Harare, Zimbabwe. (2011 - present)
  • Distinguished External Reference Group member, Capacity Development for Natural Resources Management, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Harare, Zimbabwe (2012-13)
  • Distinguished External Reference Group member, Africa Capacity Development for Agricultural transformation and Food Security, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Harare, Zimbabwe (2011-12)
  • Distinguished Panelist, roundtable on "Africa Capacity Indicators Report (ACIR) – An Insightful Tool for Mapping Development in Africa" at the 7th Annual Meeting of the ACBF Technical Advisory Panels & Networks (TAP-NETs), Yaoundé, Cameroon, November 21-22, 2011
  • Special Issues editor (with B. Ikubolajeh Logan and Ezekiel Kalipeni), Progress in Development Studies, (forthcoming) Theme: "Beyond the 'posts' in African development discourse: exploring real solutions to Africa's problems", (Oversaw blind review of submittals, decided which manuscripts to include in the special issue)
  • Distinguished External Reference Group member for the development of Africa Capacity Development for Agricultural transformation and Food Security, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Harare, Zimbabwe (2011 – 2012)
  • Distinguished External Reference Group member for the development of Africa Capacity Indicators 2011: Capacity Development in Fragile States, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Harare, Zimbabwe (2010 – 2011)
  • Fulbright Specialist Scholar List, December 2008-2012.
  • Member, International Advisory Board of the Techiman Heritage Trust, Techiman Traditional Council, Techiman, Ghana (2009-present)
  • Member, Association of American Geographers (AAG) International Research and Scholar Exchange Committee, 2007-2008
  • Chairperson, (elected position) Africa Specialty Group (a subgroup of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) with over 250 members), 2005 - 2008
  • Member, Board of Directors, (elected position), Economic Geography Specialty Group (a subgroup of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) with over 800 members), 2005 – 2008
  • Member, Student Dissertation and Paper Awards Committee, Economic Geography Specialty Group, 2005 - 2008
  • Editorial Board Member, PlacesOnLine – an online project of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) that brings together virtual online publications about "real" places, 2002 – present
  • Editor for the African Region, PlacesOnLine, 2002 – present
  • Special Topics Editor, issue theme "Opportunities and Challenges for Development in Africa
    GeoJournal: An International Journal of Human Geography and Environmental Sciences Vol. 62, No.1-2, 2005 (Oversaw blind review of submittals, decided which manuscripts to include in the special issue)
  • Keynote speaker, “Empowering Future Generations,” Kenyan Night, organized by the Kenyan Students Association, Iowa State University, November, 2005
  • Member, Board of Directors, (elected position), Africa Specialty Group (a subgroup of the Association of American Geographers (AAG)), 2002 - 2005
  • Keynote address, "Development in Africa: Beyond Afro-Pessimism" African Night, organized by the African Students Association, Iowa State University, April, 2004
  • Student Director (elected position), Africa Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (AAG), 1996 - 1999

Grants

  • Co-PI, 2013 Council on International Programs (CIP) Grant "Design Education and Research in African Context: Exploring options for College of Design Study Abroad, Service Learning and Research in Ghana" (PI, Chris Martin)
  • PI, "Capacity Building for Research Leadership: The need, support and strategies for growing African research leaders Study commissioned by the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), Nairobi, Kenya, 2012-2013 (Co-PIs – Dr. Ezekiel Kalipeni and Dr. Joy Mueni Maina Kiiru)
  • PI, RECRUIT Grant, Graduate College, ISU. Grant to support the recruitment of underrepresented graduate students into the MCRP program, 2011-12
  • Co-PI, Miller Faculty Fellowship, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), ISU Fellowship to support development of international service learning program including interdisciplinary course sequence proposed for academic year 2011-12
  • Co-PI, Iowa Housing Needs Assessment. Iowa Finance Authority. 2009-2011, (PI, Tim Borich; other CoPIs, Doug Johnston, Frank Owens, David Swenson, Carlton Basmajian)
  • Global Development Network (GDN), New Delhi, India, Project: "Development on the Move: Measuring and Optimizing the Economic and Social Impacts of Migration in Ghana". Collaboration with researchers in the U.S. and Ghana, 2008-2009
  • Co-PI, Council on International Programs (CIP) Grant "Giving Global Public Health the Attention it deserves in the Classroom and in Service Learning at Iowa State" Iowa State University, 2008-2009
  • Big XII Fellowship, Department of Economics, University of Kansas, July 2008-June
  • Community and Regional Planning Research Incentives Grant, ISU, 2008-2009
  • Foreign Travel Grant, Iowa State University - to attend the “International Conference on Shared Growth in Africa” organized by Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, Cornell University, World Bank, United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Accra, Ghana, Summer 2005
  • World Bank-Netherlands, Governance Knowledge Sharing Program. Project: Institutional Culture and the Performance of Public Institutions: Learning from "Good Performers," 2003-2004
  • Rockefeller Foundation, African Dissertation Internship Award. Project: Urban Livelihood Strategies, Institutional Efficiency and Economic Reform in Ghana, 1995-1996

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2013 College of Design Faculty Research Award, Iowa State University, April 2013
  • Certificate of Commendation from the Governor of Minnesota, Honorable Jesse Ventura for my work in developing the Minnesota Progress Indicator, August, 2000
  • Employee of the Month, Minnesota Planning for my work in developing the Minnesota Progress Indicator, March, 2000
  • Best Economic Geography Dissertation Award, Economic Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (AAG), 2001
  • Best African Geography Student Paper Award, Africa Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (AAG), 1999
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, 1997
  • Summer Fellowship, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, 1993
  • Awarded a Distinction for MA Dissertation, Carleton University, Canada, 1992
  • Neil Huckvale Memorial Scholarship, Carleton University, Canada, 1991/92
  • Carleton University Graduate Students Scholarship, 1990 – 1992
  • United Nations Fellowship, United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies, Ghana, 1989 – 1990
  • Passed with Distinctions in all MA courses, United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies, Ghana, 1990
  • Awarded a Distinction for MA Dissertation, United Nations Regional Institute for Population Studies, Ghana, 1990

Consultations

  • Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), Nairobi, Kenya
  • National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, USA
  • Africa Initiative, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • World Bank
  • African Capacity Building Foundation, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • IFO-Institute for Economic Research, Department for Development Studies, University of Munich, Germany