Department of Geography & Planning

Faculty and Staff

Faculty - 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.

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Mondays & Fridays:  10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 1-2 p.m.
Wednesdays: 3-5 p.m.
And by 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.

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Mondays through Thursdays: 8-9 a.m. (online)
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. (in office)
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
And by appointment

Benjamin Richason

Benjamin Richason

Professor of Geography
Geographic Information Science (GIS) major and minors adviser
Ph.D. 1978, Michigan State University

320-308-3019 | SH 311E

Research Focus: Remote sensing, cartography, soils, geographic information science (GIS).

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Coming Soon

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.

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Mondays: 1-3 p.m. (in office)
Tuesdays:  11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:45-3:45 p.m. (in office)
Wednesdays: 1-3 p.m. (online)
Thursdays: 1:45-3:45 p.m.
And by appointment

David Wall

David Wall

Professor of Geography
Department Chair
Ph.D. 1990, University of Iowa

320-308-2095 | SH 359B
dlwall@stcloudstate.edu

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

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Mondays: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
And by appointment

Faculty - Land Surveying & Mapping Sciences

Eric Fuller

Eric Fuller

Associate Professor of Land Surveying & Mapping Sciences
Director of 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

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Mondays: 12:45-2:30 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8-10:30 a.m. and 12:45-2:30 p.m.
And by appointment

Faculty - Planning & Community Development

Luis Estevez

Luis Estevez

Associate Professor of Planning and Community Development
Director of SOPA 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.

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Mondays & Wednesdays: 8:45-9:45 a.m. (in office)
Tuesdays: 8:45-10:45 a.m. (in office)
Thursdays & Fridays: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (online)
And by appointment

Aspasia Rigopoulou-Melcher

Aspasia Rigopoulou-Melcher

Director, Planning and Community Development
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 337
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.

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Mondays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (online)
Tuesdays: 2-5 p.m. (in office)
Wednesdays: 12-1 p.m. (in office)
Thursdays: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (in office)
And by appointment

Chukwunyere 'Chuks' Ugochukwu

Chukwunyere 'Chuks' Ugochukwu

Professor of Planning and Community Development
Director, Planning Graduate Certificate
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.

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Mondays: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursdays & Thursdays: 2-3:30 p.m.
And by appointment

Faculty - Social Studies Education

Cynthia Fitzthum

Cynthia Fitzthum

Director of Social Studies Education, Interim
M.A., University of Delaware
Doctoral Candidate in Higher Education Administration, St. Cloud State University

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

Research Focus: Economics education.

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Mondays & Wednesdays: 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
And by appointment

Faculty - Hospitality & Tourism

Randal Baker

Randal Baker

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

320-308-2271 | SH 348
rgbaker@stcloudstate.edu

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

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Mondays through Thursdays: 9-11 a.m.
Mondays & Wednesdays: 1-2 p.m.
And by appointment

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.

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Coming Soon

 

Hung-Chih 'Alvin' Yu

Hung-Chih 'Alvin' Yu

Associate Professor of Hospitality & Tourism
Hospitality & Tourism B.A. adviser
PhD. 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.

Fall 2019 Office Hours
Mondays & Tuesdays: 2-4 p.m. (in office)
Wednesdays: 2-5 p.m. (online)
Thursdays: 8-11 a.m. (in office)
And by appointment

Student Services

Kristy Modrow

Kristy Modrow

Director of Experiential Learning and Career Development

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

Vacant

Student Relations Director

320-308-6080 | SH 363
kkmodrow@stcloudstate.edu
Advising, transfer credits, student concerns

Staff

Candy Swenson

Candy Swenson

Office Manager
B.S. 1998, Bemidji State University

320-308-3160 | SH 359
cmswenson1@stcloudstate.edu
 

Emeriti

Lewis Wixon

Ph.D. 1979, Indiana State University