Joseph Kerski

Geographer in Broomfield, Colorado

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I believe that the spatial perspective can transform education and society through the use of Geographic Information Systems for instruction, administration, and policy. I seek to contribute to geographic literacy, to listen attentively, to learn from and encourage others, to foster lifelong learning, to encourage people to love and appreciate each other, and advocate for wise stewardship of the Earth.

I seek to use my skills in geography and Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) to expand the use of spatial thinking in all sectors of society by fostering educational partnerships,conducting educational research, writing and editing texts and research articles, teaching face to face and online hands-on courses, developing curricula, supporting educators, and training teachers, students, governmental, nonprofit, and industry users at all levels.

I blog about data here, on GIS in education here, and on careers here. I have created nearly 5,000 videos here. I have served as President of the National Council for Geographic Education and am active in the AAG and URISA. My books include The Essentials of the Environment, The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data, Spatial Mathematics, Tribal GIS, International Perspectives of Teaching and Learning with GIS in Secondary Education, and Interpreting Our World--100 Discoveries that Revolutionized Geography.

I served as geographer and cartographer at the US Census Bureau and at the USGS for 21 years. I teach educator professional development institutes and in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) through Elmhurst College, Penn State, Esri, and elsewhere. My TED talk is here, my CV as a storymap is here, and Wikipedia page is here.

  • Work
    • Esri & University of Denver
  • Education
    • University of Colorado Boulder
    • University of Kansas