More Passion, Less Pedagogy: John Boyer at TEDxVirginiaTech





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Published on Dec 6, 2012

John Boyer is a senior instructor and researcher in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech. He has served in this position for over a decade, during which time he has conducted multiple research projects on the viticulture industries of Virginia and North Carolina. Boyer is a long time VT resident, receiving an B.A. in Geography in 1996 and an M.S. in Geography in 1998, both from Virginia Tech. Boyer teaches large sections of the very popular World Regional Geography and Geography of Wine courses. He has received numerous awards for teaching including the 2002 University Sporn Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Subjects at Virginia Tech; 2002 Inducted into the Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence (ATE); 2002 National Council for Geography Education Distinguished Teach Achievement Award; and Student Alumni Associates (SAA) Student's Choice Award for Faculty Member of the Year from 2004 to 2012. He also taught the largest class in the history of Virginia Tech: in Fall of 2008-12 he teaches a single section of World Regional Geography to 2750 students. In addition, Boyer now regularly speaks at educational and technology conferences on his incorporation of new technologies and social networking tools into the 21st century classroom.

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