NCGE is dedicated to recognizing educators and advocates who
have made outstanding contributions to geography education.  

Awards are given for teaching, research, and service.
Award nomination materials can be submitted in the spring to the NCGE Central Office.

Winners are announced over the summer and recipients are
recognized at a special ceremony during NCGE’s annual conference.

George J Miller Award for Distinguished Service to Geographic Education

The Council’s highest award, for distinguished service in geographic education.


The Brunn Creativity Award for Outstanding Teaching of Geography

Recognizes outstanding elementary, middle, and high school teachers who have demonstrated great creativity, originality, and innovation in their teaching of geography.


Excellence of Scholarship Awards

The Recognizes graduating seniors majoring in geography for outstanding academic achievement.


Women in Geographic Education Scholarship

Monetary award and travel stipend for a female undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a program leading to a career in geographic education.


E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Grants for Research in Geographic Education

To advance the frontiers of geographic education by supporting and promoting innovative research in theory, practice, and application.


K-12 Distinguished Teaching Awards

Recognizes excellence in geography teaching at the primary and secondary levels.

Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Awards

Recognizes excellence in higher education geography teaching.


Salvatore J. Natoli Dissertation Awards

Encourages dissertation research in geography teaching and learning.


Outstanding Support for Geography Education

Honors individuals who work outside of the formal classroom, but have made outstanding contributions to support geography education.


Distinguished Mentor Award

Recognizes College University professors whose guidance and influence is significant for students becoming geographers and/or classroom teachers.


Journal of Geography Awards

For outstanding papers published during the previous year in NCGE’s flagship academic journal.


The Geography Teacher Awards

For articles of exceptional value in the teaching of geography to K-12 students.


Geographic Excellence in Media Award

For all forms of media that exhibit outstanding geographic content or teaching methods.