Cadey Korson, a 2008 GRCC graduate, recently accepted a permanent faculty appointment in human geography at Massey University in Auckland. Massey is considered New Zealand’s national university with an enrollment of 35,000 students.
Following award of the associate degree, Cadey completed the B.A. at Aquinas, M.A. at the University of Missouri, and Ph.D. at Kent State University. Subsequently, she took a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oulu in Finland, where she contributed much in terms of geographical scholarship.
Cadey has explored the realms of cultural geography, political geography, and geographic education by conducting fieldwork in the South Pacific with special reference to indigenous peoples, as well as research devoted to the teaching of world regional geography. These efforts over the past few years have resulted in six articles published in peer-reviewed publications, nine papers delivered at conferences in England, Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Finland, and Sweden, and an invited lecture given in Hawaii.
A charter member (and former president) of Lambda Upsilon, the GRCC chapter of the International Geographical Honor Society, Cadey is among a number of former GRCC students who have pursued graduate degrees in Geography, and the first alumna in recent years to be awarded a Ph.D. in the field. On New Zealand’s North Island, she can be expected to serve as an inspiration for geography students in the country’s largest city, which is known for its rich cultural diversity.