Dr Stephen Codrington, Director of School Governance and Leadership Development at our Parramatta campus, has been honoured with the award of Life Membership of the Geographical Society of New South Wales for his “exceptional support” over many years to the Society and the discipline of Geography.
In the words of the Geographical Society’s Vice-President, Prof. Philip McManus, “Stephen’s international achievements and his commitment to geographical education align with the Society’s mission to advance geography in New South Wales and throughout Australia, to promote, support and, when necessary, defend geographical research, scholarship and education and to expand geographical literacy”.
Stephen joins a small handful of geographers in receiving this accolade that includes such famous academics and authors as Don Biddle, Colin Sale, Mal Barlow, Bruce Thom, Jim Forrest and Deirdre Dragovich.
Stephen’s contributions to Geography have been manifold and diverse. He has authored or co-authored 59 books, including a set of ten books that are now being used in 92 countries as textbooks in schools that teach International Baccalaureate (IB) Geography. He is a former editor of the journal of the Geography Teachers Association (GTA), as well as a former President of both the GTA and the Geographical Society. He served for many years as an examiner for both HSC and IB Geography, setting examinations as well as marking them and leading teacher workshops. He has also led study tours to such diverse locations as North Korea, Papua New Guinea, China, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Russia and Indonesia, just a few of the 157 countries he has visited. He continues to teach Geography in several of the courses he lectures at Alphacrucis.
The Geographical Society of New South Wales was founded in 1927 by a group of university academics headed by Griffith Taylor, then at the University of Sydney, a prolific author and a survivor of Scott’s ill-fated 1911 Antarctic expedition. Now in its 92nd year, the Society is a strong professional association whose members comprise geography academics, teachers, practising geographers from both the public and private spheres, and other interested members of the public.
The citation read at the award of Stephen’s Honorary Life Membership can be seen at https://www.stephencodrington.com/Hub/Life_Membership.html.
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