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.

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Gareth John

Gareth John

Associate 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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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

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Faculty - Planning & Community Development

Luis Estevez

Luis Estevez

Associate Professor of Planning and Community Development
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.

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Aspasia Rigopoulou-Melcher

Aspasia Rigopoulou-Melcher

Director, Planning and Community Development
Associate 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.

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Chukwunyere 'Chuks' Ugochukwu

Chukwunyere 'Chuks' Ugochukwu

Associate Professor of 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.

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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.

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Kazimir Gazdzik

Professor, School of Education; adjunct in Social Studies Education
MA, St. Cloud State University
Ph.D. candidate in Teacher Development , University of North Dakota.

Stewart Hall 366
kbgazdzik@stcloudstate.edu
Research Focus: Academic identity and the impact of Advanced Placement courses on students transition to college life.

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.

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Belkis Kambach

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

320-308-3180 | SH 317
bkambach@stcloudstate.edu

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

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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.

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Staff

Meredith Rogers M.S.

Department Manager
2013, M.S. Higher Education Administration, St. Cloud State University

320-308-3160 | SH 359
mlrogers2@stcloudstate.edu
 

Emeriti

Lewis Wixon

Ph.D. 1979, Indiana State University