19 June 2019
Department of Geography, Student Building 120 Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: 812.855.7849 Cell: Available upon request
E-mail: mebetz @ indiana.edu (Remove spaces before sending.)
Indiana University, Ph.D.student, Department of Geography
Indiana University, M.P.A. Sustainability & Sustainable Development, May 2013
Capstone: “Assessing and Influencing Indiana University Students’ Understanding of Energy”
Ball State University, B.A. French & Journalism, May 2010, graduated cum laude
Thesis: “Garnier and Metaphor” and a translation of Robert Garnier’s Bradamante, Act
2013 - present Associate Instructor, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana
G306 - Topics in geography, community orchard and community gardens (lead instructor)
G110 - Human geography (lead instructor; teaching assistant)
G107 - Physical systems & the environment (led discussion sections)
2010 - 2011 Lecturer, Université de Nancy II Nancy, France
TP101 - English conversation and phonetics (lead instructor)
TP201 - English conversation and phonetics (lead instructor)
TP301 - English conversation: literature (lead instructor)
TP100 - English conversation: the legal system (lead instructor)
TD2xx - English and American law (lead instructor)
Dec. 2016 - present Community Engagement Coordinator, Service-Learning Program, Indiana University-Bloomington
Betz, Megan. 2019. “Pruning the Community Orchard: Methods for Navigating Human-Fruit Tree Relations” Geographical Review. doi: 10.1111/gere.12348
Haythorn, C., Knudsen, D., Farmer, J. Antreasian, C, & Betz, M. 2019. “It’s All in the SKU: Getting Food from Somewhere from the Field to the Dinner Plate While Using a Large Scale Retailer.” Sustainability.
Betz, M., Mills, J., & Farmer, J. R. 2017. “A preliminary overview of community orcharding in the United States.” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. doi: 10.5304/jafscd.2017.072.002
Farmer, J. R. & Betz, M. 2016. “Rebuilding Local Foods in Appalachia: Variables affecting
Distribution Methods of West Virginia Farms.” Journal of Rural Studies, 45, 34-42.
Betz, M. & Farmer, J. R. 2016. “Farmers’ Market Governance and Its Role on Consumer Motives
and Outcomes.” Local Environment, 1-15. doi: 10.1080/13549839.2015.1129606
Betz, M. 2018. “A Poet’s Meditations as Entry to Critique.” Graduate Journal of Food Studies, 5(2).
May 2015 - Aug. 2016 Research Assistant, Human Dimensions Research Lab, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana
Assisted Dr. James Farmer in researching and writing several papers addressing farmers' market, local food, and the commons.
I am a human geographer interested in local food projects and community development, particularly how these projects engage with the concept of the commons. My research focuses on perception, performance, and relations between species.
ADDITIONAL PUBLICATIONS, & PRESENTATIONS
For a collection of my food writing in Bloom, a local magazine, and a digitized archive of work published during my time at the Wapakoneta Daily News, my first writing job, click here.
media & public writing
Betz, M. “Scheduling my Miscarriage.” Nursing Clio, Oct. 4, 2018.
Betz, M. "Guest Column: Roots of Community Orchard Spread Across Town." Limestone Post, July 17, 2018.
Corrigan, A. "Marketing Yogurt To Men? Put Abs On The Package." Earth Eats, May 19, 2017. Podcast audio: http://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/emily-contois-dude-food/.
Earth Eats Staff. "Raj Patel On The Trouble With Land Ownership." Earth Eats, April 8, 2018. Podcast audio: https://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/raj-patel-trouble-land-ownership/.
Corrigan, A. "Mas Masumoto’s Letter To A Young Farmer — His Daughter." Earth Eats, March 10, 2017. Podcast audio: https://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/mas-masumoto-megan-betz-interview/.
Betz, M. & Corrigan, A. "Urban Farming Worldwide With Jennifer Cockrall-King". Earth Eats, Feb. 13, 2015. http://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/jennifer-cockrallking-food-city/.
Betz, M. Interview with Annie Corrigan. Earth Eats. Indiana Public Radio, August 16, 2014.
Betz, M. Interview with Annie Corrigan. Earth Eats. Indiana Public Radio, August 2, 2014.
Betz, M. “Vegetal geography 1.” Panel conducted at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Washington, D.C., April 6, 2019.
Betz, M. “Navigating fruit tree-human relations of the community orchard.” Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Washington, D.C., April 6, 2019.
Betz, M. “Pruning: shaping community in the community orchard.” Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 10, 2018.
Valliant, M. & M. Betz, M. “Making Service Meaningful.” Panel presentation at the Skilled Service Summit, Indiana University - Bloomington Kelley School of Business. Bloomington, Indiana, April 6, 2018.
Betz, M. “Pruning: A Meditation on Multispecies Community.” Paper presented at the Graduate Association for Food Studies' Future of Food Studies Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 20, 2017.
Betz, M. “Beginning to analyze the concept of "community" in U.S. community orchards.” Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, April 8, 2017.
Betz, M. “Performing the myth of the garden.” Paper presented via Skype at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting, San Fransisco, California, April 1, 2016.
Betz, M. “Performing the myth of the garden.” Paper presented at the IU - Bloomington Interdisciplinary Conference , Bloomington, Indiana, March 5, 2016.
Betz, Joe & M. Betz. “Pastoralism in contemporary American poetry” Paper presented at the Landscape, Space, and Place conference, Bloomington, Indiana, March 5, 2016.
Betz, M. “Nostalgia in community agriculture.” Paper presented at the Dimensions of Political Ecology conference, Lexington, Kentucky, February 27, 2015.
Betz, M. “Place-making in community orchards.” Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois, March 24, 2015.
Haythorn, Carolyn, D.C. Knudsen, M. Betz, C. Antreasian, & J.R. Farmer. “It’s all in the SKU.” Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois, March 24, 2015.
Betz, M. “Applying Ostrom’s principles of the commons to the Bloomington Community Orchard.” Paper presented at the Yale Food Systems Symposium, New Haven, Connecticut, October 19, 2013.
Veit, M. “Garnier and Metaphor.” Paper presented at the St. Louis University Modern, Classical Languages Student Symposium, St. Louis, Missouri, March 20, 2010.
Conference on Curricular Community Engaged Learning, Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning, Indiana University - Bloomington
Betz, M., Mills, J., & Farmer, J. “Preliminary overview of community orcharding in the U.S.” Poster presented by J. Farmer at the Purdue Small Farms Conference, Danville, Indiana, March 2, 2017.
Betz, M., Chatarpal, M., & Chera, M. “Food Week Panel & Discussion: Food (In)Justice.” Panel discussion hosted by the Geography Dept. of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Oct. 13, 2017.
GRANTS, AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS
2018 William R. Black Leadership Memorial Scholarship
2018 Geography Department Chair's Graduate Student Recognition Award
2017 Geography Department Chair's Graduate Student Recognition Award
2015 Geography Department Chair's Graduate Student Recognition Award
2014 Geography Department Chair's Graduate Student Recognition Award
2016 Indiana University Graduate & Professional Student Government Travel Award
2014 Geography Department John Odland Graduate Research Fellowship ($500)
2014 Anna L. Homquest Fellowship ($5,400)
2012 - 2013 Educational Opportunity Fellowship, Indiana University ($1,500 and tuition remission)
TO THE DEPARTMENT
2013 - 2014 Department of Geography Print Materials Committee
2013 - 2014 Department of Geography Social Committee
TO THE COMMUNITY
2013 - 2015 Bloomington Community Orchard Communications Board of Directors
2012 - present Grant writer, Community Kitchen, Bloomington, Indiana
2011 - 2015 Bloomington Community Orchard Communications Team Leader
2010 - 2011 ONE Campaign Congressional District Leader
Feb. 2014 Nonprofit Board of Directors Certificate Program
2013 - 2017 Fundraising Assistant, Community Kitchen of Monroe County
2012 - 2013 Service Corps Fellow, Indiana University, School of Public & Environmental Affairs
Summer 2010 Freelance reporter, Wapakoneta Daily News
2009 - 2010 Editorship, Ball State University, Honors College
2009 - 2010 Translation Fellow, Ball State University, Department of Modern Language & Classics
Summer 2007 Staff writer, Wapakoneta Daily News