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.

Fall 2021 Office Hours 
10-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday
1-2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

Gareth John

Gareth John

Professor of Geography
Program Director
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 2021 Office Hours 
10 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday (virtual)
8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday

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 2021 Office Hours 
1-3 p.m. Monday (virtual)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. (virtual) Tuesday
1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday (virtual)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. (virtual) Thursday
Please contact via email to schedule appointment.

David Wall

David Wall

Professor of Geography
Spatial Analysis Research Center
Ph.D. 1990, University of Iowa

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

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

Fall 2021 Office Hours 
9-11 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

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.

Fall 2021 Office Hours 
1-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Tuesday and Thursday

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 2021 Office Hours 
Coming in August. Contact faculty via email over summer. 

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) 308-2261 | SH 317
hyu@stcloudstate.edu

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

Fall 2021 Office Hours 
9-11 a.m. (virtual) and 2-5 p.m. Monday
9-11 a.m. (virtual) and 2-5 p.m. Wednesday

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

Fall 2021 Office Hours 
9-10 a.m. (virtual) and 1-2:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday 
11 a.m. to noon (virtual) and 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 

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.

Fall 2021 Office Hours 
10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday
3-6 p.m. Tuesday (virtual)
10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday
3-6 p.m. Thursday (virtual)

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.

Fall 2021 Office Hours 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday (virtual)
12:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday 
9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursday (virtual, by appointment)
Please email to schedule appointment. 

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.

Fall 2021 Office Hours 
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday (virtual)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday (virtual)

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. 

Fall 2021 Office Hours 
9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday (EB A-149)
9-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday (SH 344)
2-3:30 p.m. Thursday (EB A-149
Virtual by appointment Friday

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.

Fall 2021 Office Hours 
9 a.m. to noon Monday 
9-11 a.m. Tuesday (virtual)
8-11 a.m. Wednesday
9-11 a.m. Thursday (virtual)

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.
Brittney Hoff

Brittney Hoff

Academic Advisor (up to 60 credits)

(302) 308-6075 | Stewart Hall 329E
brittney.hoff@stcloudstate.edu

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