Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. James Elsner from the Department of Geography

What is your name?Dr. James Elsner What kind of work do you do for the College?I am a professor in the geography department at Florida State University. I teach, do research and engage in service in the department, profession and community. Why did you decide to become an academic?  I’m a first-generation academic. In fact,…

Award Winning Teaching: Learning and Teaching from the Outside In

Academic writing, specifically textbooks and journals, are written much differently than most other forms.  Those other forms usually have a beginning, middle, and end.  The reader must start at the beginning to have any idea what the ending means.  In other words, the ending will be nonsense or confusing if the reader didn’t follow the…

Award Winning Research: Resilience as an Exciting New Agenda

Most of my work to date has dealt with what most people would consider sad things; things we’d rather not think about. Generally, I study health and societal problems that primarily impact older adults. Chronic disease, disablement, dementia, and death are not easy topics of conversation. However, I find them tremendously important to write about,…