Rachel Berndtson is a human geographer whose research focuses on the contexts and outcomes of human-environment interactions as they relate to cultural and environmental sustainability. Earning her doctorate in Geographical Sciences from the University of Maryland, Rachel studied the mechanisms through which contemporary religious groups interpret and incorporate the environment and sustainable agriculture into sacred and institutional life. Her previous positions at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and Department of Geographical Sciences have incorporated research, teaching, and academic management. Currently, Rachel is Assistant Academic Director and a Lecturer in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, where she engages in teaching, academic coordination, and faculty affairs. In her most current set of research, Rachel investigates the role of cultural ecosystem services on sustainable viticultural landscapes, as well as applications of student-centered teaching and learning on Geographic education.

 
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Degrees

  • Degree Type
    Ph.D
    Degree Details
    Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland
  • Degree Type
    BS
    Degree Details
    Geography, University of Maryland
Teaching Philosophy
Geographic education cultivates informed global citizens, and I frame my teaching with a philosophy of leading students through the journey of geographic inquiry. As an instructor, I seek to offer skills and mentorship that set students up for success in a variety of academic and professional careers. I consider each semester a success if students:
1. Recognize the relevancy of geography to contemporary issues.
2. Learn to apply complex modes of inquiry.
3. Communicate academic ideas effectively.
4. Have a clear pathway for student-faculty interaction.

Courses I teach include:
GEOG110: The World Today: Global Perspectives
GEOG330: As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change
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Rachel Berndtson
2181L LeFrak Hall
Department of Geographical Sciences
Email
rberndts [at] umd.edu
Office Hours
Fall 2020: M/W 1-2pm (GEOG330); M/W 4-5pm (GEOG110)