Five course development grants will support faculty as they extend their expertise and experience related to teaching in the emergent fields of crisis mapping and humanitarian response. The courses will anchor a new course sequence, leading to a minor in Crisis Mapping and Humanitarian Response. 

In addition to the course development grants, training will be offered to faculty in a May 2013 McGregor-supported workshop in Crisis Mapping and Humanitarian Response.

JCU has a unique opportunity to bring this significant and innovative program to undergraduates in consideration of the distinctive scholarship and teaching of a number of JCU faculty members, including Jen Ziemke, Ph.D., co-founder and co-director of the International Network of Crisis Mappers, Linda Seiter, Ph.D., Dan Palmer, Ph.D., Marc Kirshenbaum, Ph.D., and other faculty.

The proposed course sequence will include courses that examine the politics and policy surrounding humanitarian disaster and chronic poverty, and include exercises in spatial thinking and training in evolving media and information technologies that may be used in humanitarian response.