PhD, Indiana State University 1982

MA, Indiana State University 1976

BA, Hastings College 1972

Academic interests

North American House Types; Indiana Placenames; Geography of Indiana; Geography of North America; Rural Landscapes of North America


  • Trustee's Teaching Award, 2007
  • Trustee's Teaching Award, 2006
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Part-time Faculty Member, 1995
  • School of Liberal Arts Distinguished Associate Faculty Award, 1985-86


  • Author, North American House Types. Cincinnati: Van-Griner Publishing, 2010.
  • Author, Physical Systems of the Environment. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt, 2009.
  • Author, Seven Continents and More. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt, 2008.
  • Contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, Renaissance in the Heartland, and various other reports and books.


Speaker for numerous community organizations, events and activities.