A Brief History of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, 1971-2012

Geography Tenure-track Faculty- The Founding Fathers

  • ACKERMAN, William V. (Ph.D., Ohio State, 1972)
  • Years at Cal State: 1976-1980
  • Areas of Interest: Urban-economic geographer specializing in location theory, economic development, and regional planning.
  • Reason for Leaving Cal State: Resigned 1981-1981. Left to take over family business in Wyoming. He went back to teaching several years later.
  • Currently: Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Ohio State University at Lima.
  • FOX, John (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Tennessee) (not a member of the AAG)
  • Years at Cal State: 1980-81
  • Areas of Interest: Urban-economic geographer specializing in location theory, economic development, urban studies, and Latin America.
  • Reason for Leaving Cal State: (?)
  • FROST, Marvin (Ph. D., Oregon State University, 1974)
  • Years at Cal State: 1976-1981
  • Areas of Interest: Physical geographer specializing in biogeography, natural resources, and environmental studies.
  • Chair: 1981-1983
  • Reason for Leaving Cal State: Died of a heart attack during field work in Belize, Central America, 1983.
  • GOFORTH, Brett R. (Ph.D., University of California Riverside, 2009)
  • Years at Cal State: 2010-
  • Areas of Interest: Biogeography, Landscape Ecology, Fire Ecology, Earth Sciences, Wildland Soils, Terrestrial Vegetation of California and Baja California.
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  • GRISHAM, Kevin E. (Ph.D., University of California Riverside, 2009)
  • Years at Cal State: 2010-
  • Areas of Interest: International Peace and Security, International Organizations, Global Governance, Conflict Resolution & Diplomacy, and International Political Economics of the Developing World, Transnational Movements, Insurgencies and Guerrilla Movements, & Revolution and Rebellion in the Developing World
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  • ROWLAND, Richard H. (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1971)
  • Years at Cal State: 1975-2006
  • Areas of Interest: Regional cultural geographer specializing in population geography and the geography of the former and post-Soviet union.
  • Chair: 1980-1992
  • Reason for Leaving Cal State: Retired
  • Currently: Emeritus
  • WHITE, Kenneth (Ph.D., ?) (not a member of the AAG)
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  • DEXTER, Leland R. (Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1986)
  • Years at Cal State: 1987-1989
  • Areas of Interest: Physical geographer
  • Reason for Leaving Cal State: Went to Northern Arizona University
  • HACKEL, Jeffrey D. (Ph.D., University of California Riverside, 1988)
  • Years at Cal State: 1989-2016
  • Areas of Interest: Biogeography, computer cartography, southern Africa, conservation I Africa, and the relationship between conservation and resource use in developing countries.
  • Chair: 2003-2011
  • Reason for Leaving Cal State: Retired
  • CIDELL, Julie (Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2003)
  • Years at Cal State: 2005-2007
  • Areas of Interest: Transportation (especially airports), the geography of food, urban and economic geography.
  • Reason for Leaving Cal State: Went Univ. of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana
  • KALRA, Rajrani (Ph.D., Kent State University, Ohio, 2007)
  • Years at Cal State: 2008-
  • Areas of Interest: Urban Geography, Urban Information systems, Economic geography, Spatial Analysis and Location theory.
  • Globalization and developing countries, Asia/South Asia, Geographic Information System and Geospatial Techniques.
  • Reason for Leaving: N/A
  • KOHOUT, Michal (Ph.D., Clark University, 2004)
  • Years at Cal State: 2003-
  • Areas of Interest: Economic Geog, US-Mexico Border, Political Economy.
  • Reason for Leaving Cal State: N/A
  • KUMLER, Mark P. (Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara, 1992)
  • Years at Cal State: 1997-2004
  • Areas of Interest: Specialties in cartography and geographic information systems.
  • Reason for Leaving Cal State: Went to University of Redlands
  • LYONS, Thomas (Ph.D., Cornell University, 1983)
  • Years at Cal State: 1992-1994
  • Areas of Interest: Urban Planning
  • Reason for Leaving Cal State: Went to University of Kentucky at Louisville.
  • Currently at Cornell University.
  • McDOWELL, Theodore R. (Ph.D., Oregon State University, 1980)
  • Years at Cal State: 1983-2012
  • Areas of Interest: Physical geographer specializing in climatology, hydrology and water resources, forest watershed management, natural hazards, natural resource conservation, alpine environments impacts of wilderness recreation, and geographic research methods (e.g., remote sensing, field research design).
  • Chair: 1992-2000
  • Reason for Leaving Cal State: Retired
  • Currently: Emeritus
  • MEEK, Norman (Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, 1990)
  • Years at Cal State: 1989-
  • Chair: 2011-
  • Areas of Interest: Physical geographer specializing in geomorphology and the Ice Age history of the Mojave Desert.
  • Reason for Leaving: N/A
  • MULVIHILL, James L. (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1976)
  • Years at Cal State: 1981-
  • Chair: 2000-2003
  • Areas of Interest: Urban economic geographer specializing in urban planning, economic geography, Latin American geography, and geographic research methods.
  • Reason for Leaving: Retired
  • Currently: Emeritus
  • XU, Bo (Ph.D.)
  • Years at Cal State: 2008-
  • Areas of Interest: Spatial-temporal analysis in wildlife disease
  • Reason for Leaving: N/A
  • ZORN, Jenny J. (Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1990)
  • Years at Cal State: 1989-
  • Areas of Interest: Population geographer specializing in population, political, urban, gender, economic, and research methods.
  • Reason for Leaving: Went to Academic Programs at Cal State as the Associate Provost, 2004-

Department Administrative Support Coordinators

  • ARRIATE, Rosemary
  • Years at Cal State: 1975-1978 (?)
  • Reason for Leaving: (?)
  • RASMUSSEN, Chris
  • Years at Cal State: 1978-1983
  • Reason for Leaving: Left to take a job at Edison.
  • STOCKHAM, Linda J. (M.A. California State University San Bernardino, 1975)
  • Years at Cal State: 1983-2003
  • Reason for Leaving: Moved out of the area.
  • MASSEI, Patricia
  • Years at Cal State: 2003-
  • Reason for Leaving: N/A