University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Instructor Lisa Cady earned elite recognition from the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence, making her among the first 21 educators in the nation to earn Geospatial Science and Technology Educator Certification.
Cady, the first educator in the state of Arkansas to earn the certification, teaches unmanned aerial systems, animation technology, and computer graphic technology for the UAFS College of Applied Science and Technology.
“I’m so excited about this opportunity and so honored to be one of just 21 educators in the world to receive this certification,” Cady said.
“We are fortunate to have such quality faculty members,” added Dr. Ken Warden, dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology. “Cady’s commitment to her profession is evident. Achieving the distinction of becoming certified through the Geospatial Science & Technology Educator Certification Program (GSTEdC Pilot) – the first in the state, no less – is another way she shines a light on the excellence of our program. The most important piece of this is the way this certification works to ensure the quality of our graduates and their preparation for the workforce.”
The Geospatial Science and Technology Educator Certification project is funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by the GeoTech Center. The certification requires that educators proceed through a “pathway” of activities: a geospatial technology competency self-assessment to determine areas of strength and weakness; an eight-unit self-paced massively open online course that consists of lectures, discussions, assignments, and quizzes; 10 concept modules and associated quiz; and a capstone project that consists of the creation of an original geospatial technology exercise, instructor resource guide, and story map.