Department of Geography

Evans Liberal Arts Building Room 139
Telephone: 512-245-2170 Fax: 512-245-8353


The Mission of the Department of Geography is to provide its students with educational experiences of the highest quality, to conduct vital research that benefits society, and to serve our communities, from the local to the international. We are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarly activities within the framework of academic freedom, the diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, and a global perspective.


The Department of Geography will continue to stress both the theoretical and applied realms in all of our degree programs. We will provide a rigorous educational experience through innovative teaching, engagement with the community, and dedication to our undergraduate and graduate students. We will increase our visibility as a research department through faculty scholarship, research grant activities, international collaborations with academic institutions, the recruiting of top students for our graduate programs, the organization of national and international conference and symposia, a robust program of scholarly exchanges, and services in academic and professional organizations. 

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships are available to qualified candidates. Please contact the graduate program coordinator, Department of Geography, for more information about financial assistance and the degree programs. For scholarship information, please contact the office of The Graduate College at or visit their website at

All students are also subject to the policies and procedures outlined in the departmental graduate student handbook available from the departmental graduate staff advisor.

Doctoral Faculty

Earl, Richard A, Professor, Geography, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Graduate Faculty

Cooper, Brian J, Senior Lecturer, Geography, Ph.D., Texas State University

Earl, Richard A, Professor, Geography, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Kucera, Neil W, Lecturer, Geography, J.D., University of Houston

Townsend, Christi G, Senior Lecturer, Geography, Ph.D., Texas State University