John Harrington Jr., professor emeritus of geography, was presented with the George J. Miller Award for Distinguished Service to Geography Education on Nov. 22 at the 104th annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education in Austin.

The Miller Award is the most prestigious honor given by the council. The award recognizes a lifetime of achievement and contributions to geography education.

Harrington was an active member of the K-State geography department from 1994 to 2018, when he retired. He served as head of the department from 1999 to 2005.

He served on the Remote Sensing Committee for NCGE from 1984-1990 and on the NCGE Geography in Science Education Task Force from 1992 to 1994. Since 2011, Harrington has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Geography, the premier journal of the National Council for Geographic Education.

He coordinated the Kansas Geographic Bee competition for fourth- through eighth-grade students from 2009 to 2017, interacting with scores of students and their parents about the importance and value of geography.

Harrington also served as the coordinator of the Kansas Geographic Alliance from 2007 to 2018, initiating a series of professional development opportunities for K-12 educators to expand their skills in teaching geography. In addition, Harrington played an important role as a leader across the national network of Geography Alliance coordinators.