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.

Gareth John

Gareth John

  • Professor of Geography
  • Program Director
  • Ph.D. 2003, University of Kentucky
  • 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.

Jeffrey Torguson

Jeffrey Torguson

  • Professor of Geography
  • Geography majors and minors adviser
  • Ph.D. 1993, University of Georgia
  • Research Focus: Cartography, geographic information science (GIS), physical geography, Asia.

David Wall

David Wall

  • Professor of Geography
  • Spatial Analysis Research Center
  • Ph.D. 1990, University of Iowa
  • Research Focus: Economic geography, urban planning, research methods, Latin America.

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

Belkis Kambach

  • Assistant Professor of Hospitality & Tourism
  • M.Ed. 2004, Endicott College & GLION Hotel School, Bulle, Switzerland
  • Research Focus: Travel and tourism, education, eco-tourism and conservation, tour management, cruise line industry, environmental interpretation, travel writing.

Hung-Chih 'Alvin' Yu

Hung-Chih 'Alvin' Yu

  • Associate Professor of Hospitality & Tourism
  • Hospitality & Tourism B.A. adviser
  • Ph.D. 2008, Pennsylvania State University
  • Research Focus: Travel and tourism; tourism management, educational tour, instructional systems. Hospitality and Tourism Club adviser.

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

Cynthia Fitzthum

Cynthia Fitzthum

  • Professor of Social Studies Education
  • Ed.D. 2020, St. Cloud State University
  • Research Focus: Economics education.

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
  • Internships, career development, graduate school, study abroad.
Brittney Hoff

Brittney Hoff

  • Academic Advisor (up to 60 credits)

Staff

Cindy Helm

Cindy Helm

  • Office Manager

Emeriti

Benjamin Richason

  • Ph.D. 1978, Michigan State University

Lewis Wixon

  • Ph.D. 1979, Indiana State University

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