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PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
MS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information, Virginia Commonwealth University
BS, Virginia Commonwealth University


Tammy Parece, PhD, is a non-traditional academic. She completed her BS part-time while working full-time in the insurance industry. With the urging of a Human Geography professor, she completed a Graduate Certificate in GIS and applied to graduate school. This professor also introduced her to service learning and community engagement.

Parece completed her MS in Geography in 2010 and her PhD in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis in 2016, both degrees are from Virginia Tech. While at Virginia Tech, she was active in The Geographic Society and the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society. Additionally, she participated in many community engagement activities including Kids’ Tech University, the Virginia Science Festivals, the Blacksburg Children’s Museum and the Roanoke Virginia City Public Schools. Parece actively works with AmericaView and VirginiaView whose missions are K-16 outreach and education involving Geospatial Technologies. She is also a registered Geo-Mentor with the Association of American Geographers. 

"Teaching is not a one-way street. It is not up to me to tell students what they need to know, instead I want students to tell me what they know and how I can facilitate their learning. I do need to understand which of my teaching methods works best for them, or, perhaps, is not working at all. I ask students repeatedly during the semester to answer these questions. They already have knowledge of geographic concepts and pedagogy. My job is to help them discover that knowledge within themselves, and to determine how to share their knowledge and experiences with others. 

My teaching methods are student-dependent. Do I have a large class or a small, intimate one? Do my students have a background in the subject or are they nascent minds? I do use a general outline, but spend the first class getting to know my students and letting them get to know me. I want students to trust that I have their best interests in mind. I let students know I’m also learning from them and their experiences.

I view teaching and learning as a sharing process. I share with my students, my students share with me. But I am also a strong advocate of service-learning, so I like to incorporate at least a small measure of service-learning in my classes, which means sharing our knowledge with those beyond the classroom and university."

Parece's education and research enables her to teach traditional geography courses such as Human Geography and World Regional Geography, and also provides her with expertise in all Geospatial Technologies (GPS, GIS and Remote Sensing). In addition, Parece is the faculty advisor for the American Association of University women on campus. 

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Parece, T.E. and Campbell, J.B. 2018. Intra-Urban Microclimate Effects on Phenology. Urban Science 2(1): 26. doi: 10.3390/urbansci2010026

Parece, T.E., and Campbell, J.B. 2017. Assessing Urban Community Gardens’ Impact on Net Primary Production using NDVI. Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems 2:1. doi:10.2134/urbanag2016.07.0004

Parece, T.E. and Campbell, J.B. 2017. Geospatial evaluation for urban agriculture land inventory: Roanoke, Virginia. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 8(1).

Parece, T.E., Campbell, J. B., and Serrano, E.L. 2016. Strategically siting urban agriculture: A socio-economic analysis of Roanoke, Virginia. The Professional Geographer.

Parece, T.E., Lie, J., Campbell, J.B., and Carroll, D. 2016. Assessing urban landscape variables contribution to microclimates. Advances in Meteorology. DOI:10.1155/2016/8736263.

Parece, T.E. and Campbell, J.B. 2015. Identifying Urban Watershed Boundaries and Area, Fairfax County, Virginia. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 81(5):365-372.

Parece, T.E., McGee, J, Campbell, J.B., and Wynne, R.H. 2015. Virginia’s Efforts to Expand Learning Geospatial Technologies across the Educational Spectrum. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 81(3):173-181.

Parece, T.E. and Campbell, J.B. 2013. Comparing Urban Impervious Surface Identification Using Landsat and High Resolution Aerial Photography. Remote Sensing 5(10): 4942-4960. 

Parece, T., Younos, T., Grossman, L.S., and Geller, E.S. 2013. A study of environmentally relevant behavior in university residence halls. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 14 (4): 466-481. 

Parece, T.E. and Aspaas, H.R. 2007. Reedy Creek Cleanup: The Evolution of a University Geography Service Learning Project. Journal of Geography 106 (4): 153-161.

Book Chapters

Parece, T.E. and Campbell, J.B. Pending Publication. A survey of urban gardeners across the United States. In Global Urban Agriculture: Convergence of Theory and Practice between North and South, Antoinette WinklerPrins, Ed. CABI. 

Parece, T.E. Lumpkin, M., and Campbell, J.B. 2016. Integrating harvested rainwater in urban agriculture. In Sustainable Water Management in Urban Environments. T. Younos and T.E. Parece, eds. Book Series: The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Volume 47; Springer. 

Parece, T.E., McGee, J., and Campbell, J.B. 2016. On-line geospatial resources to support STEM instruction. Chapter 4 in STEM and GIS in Higher Education. (David J. Cowen, Ed.). ESRI Press (ebook). 303 pages.

Parece, T.E. and Campbell, J.B. 2015. Land use/land cover monitoring and geospatial technologies: An overview. In Advances in Watershed Science and Assessment. T. Younos and T.E. Parece, eds. Book Series: The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Volume 33; Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-14212-8_1

Parece, T., Grossman, L.S., and Geller, E.S. 2013. Reducing Carbon Footprint of Water Consumption: A Case Study of Water Conservation at a University Campus. In Climate Change and Water Resources, Volume Editors: T. Younos and C. Grady. Book Series: The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Volume 25. Springer.

Younos, T. and Parece, T.E. 2012. Water Use and Conservation. In: Stoltman, J., ed. 21st Century Geography: A Reference Handbook. 40: 446-456. Los Angeles: Sage.


Parece, T.E., Campbell, J.B. and McGee, J. 2016. Working with Lidar using ArcGIS Desktop. Kindle Direct Publishing.

Parece, T.E., Campbell, J.B. and McGee, J. 2017. Remote Sensing Analysis in an ArcMap Environment, 2nd Edition. Kindle Direct Publishing. p 267

Technical Reports 

Parece, T., DiBetitto, S., Sprague, T., and Younos, T. 2010. The Stroubles Creek Watershed: History of development and chronicles of Research. VWRRC Special Report No. SR48-2010. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.