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.

Summer 2020 Office Hours
No set summer office hours listed; checking email frequently.

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.

Summer 2020 Office Hours
No set summer office hours listed; checking email frequently.

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).

Summer 2020 Office Hours
Officially retired from teaching duties; still working on an NSF grant and occasionally checks email.

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.

Summer 2020 Office Hours
No summer office hours; checking email periodically.

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.

Summer 2020 Office Hours
Email checked daily. Zoom meetings available by request. 

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

Summer 2020 Office Hours
No summer office hours; checking email periodically.

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.

Summer 2020 Office Hours
No summer office hours; checking email periodically.



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.

Summer 2020 Office Hours
No summer office hours; checking emails periodically. Current summer students can expect a response within 24 hours.

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.

Summer 2020 Office Hours
No summer office hours; checking email periodically. 

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.

Summer 2020 Office Hours
No summer office hours; checking email periodically.

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.

Summer 2020 Office Hours
No summer office hours scheduled; checking email regularly.

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.

Summer 2020 Office Hours
No summer office hours; checking email periodically.

 

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.

Summer 2020 Office Hours
No summer office hours; checking email periodically.

Student Services

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

Vacant

Office Manager

320-308-3160 | SH 359
geog@stcloudstate.edu
 Voicemail and email monitored by other staff. 

Emeriti

Lewis Wixon

Ph.D. 1979, Indiana State University