Department of Geography & Planning

Faculty and Staff

Geography

Mikhail 'Misha' Blinnikov

Mikhail 'Misha' Blinnikov

Professor of Geography
Graduate Coordinator
GIS Graduate Certificate Adviser
Ph.D. 1999, University of Oregon

Research Focus: Biogeography, conservation, phytolith analysis, GIS, Russia/former Soviet Union.

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Please email to schedule a Zoom appointment. 

Gareth John

Gareth John

Professor of Geography
Ph.D. 2003, University of Kentucky

320-308-6143 | SH 350
gejohn@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: Cultural geography, historical geography, landscapes, history of geographical thought and practice, geographic education, American popular culture, contemporary British culture and society, geography of wine.

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Monday 9 a.m.-noon
Tuesday 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon
Wednesday 9 a.m.-noon
Thursday 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon

Please email to schedule a Zoom appointment. 

Kirk Stueve

Kirk Stueve

Professor of Geography
Ph.D., Texas A&M University

320-308-3160 | SH 335
kmstueve@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: remote sensing, precision agronomy, geospatial analysis, UAS/drones

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Wednesday Noon-2 p.m. 

Please email to schedule a Zoom appointment outside of those hours. 

Jeffrey Torguson

Jeffrey Torguson

Professor of Geography
Geography majors and minors adviser
Ph.D. 1993, University of Georgia

320-308-0961 | SH 346
jstorguson@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: Cartography, geographic information science (GIS), physical geography, Asia.

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Monday 12:30-4 p.m. 
Tuesday 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wednesday 1:30-5 p.m. (online)
Thursday 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Please contact via email to schedule an appointment. 

David Wall

David Wall

Program Director
Professor of Geography
Ph.D. 1990, University of Iowa

320-308-2095 | SH 341
dlwall@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: Economic geography, urban planning, research methods, Latin America.

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Monday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m.-noon and 2-3 p.m. 
Wednesday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.-noon and 2-3 p.m.

Please email to schedule an appointment outside of those hours. 

Hospitality & Tourism

Randal Baker

Randal Baker

Program Director
Department Chair
Professor of Hospitality & Tourism
Hospitality & Tourism B.A. adviser
Ph.D. 1993, Oregon State University

320-308-2271 | SH 351
rgbaker@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: Tourism development, community development, natural resources, outdoor recreation.

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Monday 9-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. 
Tuesday 9-11 a.m.
Wednesday 9-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. 
Thursday 9-11 a.m. 

Belkis Kambach

Assistant Professor of Hospitality & Tourism
M.Ed. 2004, Endicott College & GLION Hotel School, Bulle, Switzerland

320-308-3180 | SH 348
bkambach@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: Travel and tourism, education, eco-tourism and conservation, tour management, cruise line industry, environmental interpretation, travel writing.

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Coming soon!

 

Hung-Chih 'Alvin' Yu

Hung-Chih 'Alvin' Yu

Associate Professor of Hospitality & Tourism
Hospitality & Tourism B.A. adviser
Ph.D. 2008, Pennsylvania State University

320-308-2275 | SH 349
hyu@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: Travel and tourism; tourism management, educational tour, instructional systems. Hospitality and Tourism Club adviser.

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Wednesday 7:30-11 a.m. 
Thursday 7:30-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Please email to schedule a Zoom appointment. 

Land Surveying & Mapping Sciences

Eric Fuller

Eric Fuller

Associate Professor of Land Surveying & Mapping Sciences
Director, Land Surveying & Mapping Sciences Program
M.Eng. Purdue University 2007

320-308-3202 | SH 340
eifuller@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: Surveying, GIS, Cartography, GPS, site development, photogrammetry and remote sensing

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Tuesday 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:15-3 p.m. 
Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.
Thursday 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:15-3 p.m.

Please email to schedule a Zoom appointment. 

Planning & Community Development

Luis Estevez

Luis Estevez

Professor of Planning and Community Development
Director, School of Public Affairs Research Institute
Ph.D. 2012, Texas A&M University

320-308-3184 | SH 333
lestevez@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: Housing markets, regional planning, quantitative methods and international planning.

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Monday 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday 1-4:15 p.m.
Wednesday 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday 1-4:15 p.m. 

Please email to schedule a Zoom or face-to-face appointment at these or another suggested time. 

Aspasia Rigopoulou-Melcher

Aspasia Rigopoulou-Melcher

Director, Planning Graduate Certificate
Professor of Planning and Community Development
Ph.D. / MURP, 2000, Urban and Regional Planning and Economic Development, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

320-308-5225 | SH 361
arigopoulou@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: Post-industrial urban and regional economic development, high technology development, public and private partnerships, housing, rural and community development and capacity building.

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Coming soon!

Chukwunyere 'Chuks' Ugochukwu

Chukwunyere 'Chuks' Ugochukwu

Professor of Planning and Community Development
Director, Planning and Community Development
Ph.D. 2004, Urban Design, Jackson State University

320-308-2097 | SH 339
ccugochukwu@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: Heritage/historic preservation; urban design; architecture; urban/regional planning.

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Monday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Tuesday Noon to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Thursday Noon to 2:30 p.m. 

Please email to schedule an appointment. 

Social Studies Education

Rochelle Dyer

Rochelle Dyer

Director, Social Studies Education
M.S. in Social Studies Education, St. Cloud State University
6th Year Certificate in Educational Administration and Leadership, St. Cloud State University

320-308-4099 | Education Building A-149
rddyer@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: Doctoral candidate in Educational Administration and Leadership, St. Cloud State University. 

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
By appointment only. Schedule an appointment

Cynthia Fitzthum

Cynthia Fitzthum

Professor of Social Studies Education
Ed.D. 2020, St. Cloud State University

320-308-2170 | SH 345
cjfitzthum@stcloudstate.edu

Research Focus: Economics education.

Spring 2021 Office Hours 
Tuesday 9-11 a.m. 
Thursday 9-11 a.m. 
Friday 9 a.m. to noon

Please email to schedule a Zoom appointment. 

Student Services

School of Public Affairs Student Success Center
329 Stewart Hall
(320) 308-4790
sopa@stcloudstate.edu

Kristy Modrow

Kristy Modrow

Student Relations and Experiential Learning Director

320-308-6080 | SH 363
kkmodrow@stcloudstate.edu
Internships, career development, graduate school, study abroad.

Staff

Cindy Helm

Cindy Helm

Office Manager

320-308-3160 | SH 329F
lghelm@stcloudstate.edu

Emeriti

Benjamin Richason

Ph.D. 1978, Michigan State University

Lewis Wixon

Ph.D. 1979, Indiana State University