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Dr. Rich Schultz
Program Director
Associate Professor, Geography & Geosciences Department
; APH 504: APHG Capstone

Dr. Rich Schultz is an Associate Professor of Geography and Geosciences at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, and holds a Ph.D. in environmental geochemistry from the University of Cincinnati (1991), an M.S. in geology from the Wichita State University (1988) and a B.S. in geology from Illinois State University (1985). He serves as the Director of the Elmhurst College Online GIS Certificate Program, Graduate Certificate in Human Geography for AP® program and the Applied Geospatial Sciences Graduate Programs. Dr. Schultz is the sole or senior author of more than sixty publications, book chapters and abstracts. His major areas of research are geoscience education, online/distance learning, spatial cognition, web 2.0 applications, geospatial thinking, global climate change, the scholarship of teaching and learning and the use of technology in teaching geography literacy. Dr. Schultz was the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) and also received the “GIS Service Award” for geospatial education service to the Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) in October 2009. He was the inaugural recipient of the Richard Hilton Collaboration Award from ILGISA in 2010. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Geography for the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) as well as the NCGE National Vice President for Products and Publications.  He currently serves as the chair of the Geography Education Specialty Group (GESG) for the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and sits on the editorial boards for several prominent journals.

Dr. Seth Dixon
Adjunct Faculty, School for Professional Studies; APH 500: Teaching AP Human Geography

Seth Dixon has taught college-level geography for the past 10 years and previously taught ninth grade geography. He has been a reader for AP® Human Geography since 2005 and has been engaged with that community ever since. Much of his research has focused on the political representations within the cultural landscape, exploring the monumental public spaces of Mexico City. He curates online resources for geography teachers (specifically tailored to the AP® Human Geography curriculum) and is the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance coordinator. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. degree from Brigham Young University, before pursuing a Ph.D. which he earned from Pennsylvania State University. Seth is currently exploring the educational possibilities of teaching geography through social media within both face to face and online classrooms and the networking potential for educators for gathering resources via social media.

Mr. Gregory Sherwin
Adjunct Faculty, School for Professional Studies; APH 500: Teaching AP Human Geography

Greg Sherwin teaches AP® Human Geography at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He has a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Governors State University. Greg started teaching AP® Human Geography in the inaugural 2000-2001 school year and attended the first AP® Human Geography Reading. Since then, he has served in a variety of leadership capacities at the annual AP® Human Geography reading and his role with AP® Human Geography has grown as the number of students has increased exponentially. In 2007, he co-authored the AP® Human Geography Teacher’s Guide with Paul Gray, which was published by the College Board. He has presented topics on AP® Human Geography at conferences and workshops throughout the country and in Scotland and Australia. Most recently, he co-authored the Advanced Placement® Study Guide for Human Geography: People, Place and Culture 10th edition with Paul Gray, published by Wiley Publishing in 2012. He also presented “How to Localize AP® Human Geography” at the 2012 National Council of Geographic Education meeting in San Marcos, Texas. Greg has co-created the AP® Human Geography Conference in the State of Illinois with the Illinois Geographic Alliance.

Dr. Diana Sinton
Adjunct Faculty, School for Professional Studies; PH 501: Learning to Teach Spatial Concepts and Tools

Dr. Diana Sinton is the Director of Spatial Curriculum and Research at the University of Redlands-Californa, where she leads the campus-wide LENS (LEarNing Spatially) initiative and teaches in their School of Education’s online spatial literacy for educators program. She worked on the road map to geoliteracy project and represents the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) on the European Union’s Spatial Citizenship (SPACIT) project. Diana coordinates the Education Committee of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and is on Esri’s Education Advisory Board. Diana is interested in the roles of geospatial technologies in education, the use of social and cultural data in GIS and humanitarian mapping efforts. She is a coordinator of the Mapping and Analysis Team of the Standby Task Force, an international group of skilled volunteers. Diana’s publications include The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking (NCGE, forthcoming) and Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping across the Curriculum (Esri Press, 2007). Previously, she worked for NITLE and Alfred University. Diana has a B.A. degree from Middlebury College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Oregon State University.

Ms. Judy Bock
Adjunct Faculty, Geography & Geosciences Department; APH 502: Implementing Spatial Concepts and Tools into the Classroom

Judith Bock is a geospatial educator and consultant. She holds a B.A. in elementary education from Northeastern Illinois University and an M.S. in geography and environmental studies. She received a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems in 2007 and participated in Esri’s T3G Summer Institute in 2010. After retiring as a middle school educator, she continues to teach as an adjunct in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at Elmhurst College, focusing on introductory courses, online teaching and uses of remote sensing in GIS applications. Bock also actively participates in national and local geography organizations and promotes geospatial technology education.

Dr. Joseph Kerski
Adjunct Faculty, School for Professional Studies; APH 503: Teaching Urban, Economic, and Population Geography Issues

Dr. Joseph Kerski is a geographer by training who believes that spatial analysis with GIS technology can transform education and society through better decision-making using the geographic perspective. For 22 years, he served as geographer and cartographer at three US Federal Agencies, including NOAA, the US Census Bureau and the US Geological Survey. He has taught online and face-to-face courses at primary and secondary schools, in community colleges and at universities such as the University of Denver and Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Since 2006, he has served as Education Manager for Esri in Denver, Colorado focusing on thought leadership in geospatial technologies and education. This includes GIS-based curriculum development, research in the implementation and effectiveness of GIS in education, teaching professional development institutes for educators and fostering partnerships and communication to promote and support GIS in formal and informal education at all levels, internationally. He has written books such as The Essentials of the Environment, The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data and others. When not engaged in these things, Joseph can be found playing the guitar or drums, or out in the field geocaching.

Ms. Margaret Chernosky
Adjunct Faculty, School for Professional Studies; APH 501

Margaret Shaw Chernosky retired after a teaching career stemming back to 1973 as a high school teacher in Nova Scotia and Maine. She has published numerous articles on geography education and has worked with researchers from the National Geographic Society, James Madison University, the Maine Geographic Alliance and others. In 2011, she was named a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow for Exemplary Contributions in Geographic Education and was an Educator on-board the National Geographic Explorer to the Svalbard Islands, Norway in the Arctic. She has received numerous other awards for teaching and research.

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