Core Faculty

Core Faculty

GPS Core Faculty

Tenure-Track Faculty

Kevin Keenan, Ph.D. AICP

Department Chair
Ph.D. from Clark U.
Discovery Hall 223

Dr. Keenan is an associate professor and the chairperson of the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability in the School of Earth and Environment. Dr. Keenan earned his doctorate in urban geography from Clark University in 2009, a master’s degree in geography from Hunter College in 2005, and a master’s degree in public policy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2000. His undergraduate degree, awarded in 1999, is also from Stony Brook. Dr. Keenan studied Political Science, Philosophy, and History, graduated summa cum laude, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Keenan achieved certification as a planner from the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2014, and he has maintained this certification. Dr. Keenan is also trained in diversity and inclusion. Dr. Keenan has published widely on the topics of environmental risk and hazards, and he has applied those theories to the study of novel threats including terrorism and cyber vulnerability. Keenan’s work appears in several journals of note, including Environment and Planning A, Urban Affairs Review, and Urban Geography. Most recently, Dr. Keenan has studied the application of theories of terrorism to the study of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting that occurred in Charleston, SC in 2015 and the articulation of race and racism in the U.S. south. In addition, Dr. Keenan has published research on how students learn research methods in geography, as well as how gender affects the interpretation of risk. Formerly, Dr. Keenan was an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and a core faculty member in the Public Administration Program. Dr. Keenan also maintains a teaching affiliation in Hunter College’s Department of Urban Policy and Planning.

John Hasse, Ph.D. AICP

Professor / Director of GeoLab
Ph.D. from Rutgers U.
Discovery Hall 129

Dr. Hasse is a Professor in the Dept. of Geography, Planning & Sustainability and the founder/director of the Geospatial Research Laboratory, the department's hub for funded projects and community outreach activities. Since 2009 the "GeoLab" has conducted over $2M in externally funded projects. Dr. Hasse's research focuses on land development patterns and associated land resource impacts, smart growth planning evaluation and the nexus of land use, transportation and sustainability. Dr. Hasse has been involved in community development activities in the state, visualization of the impacts of sprawl and has testified as an expert witness. Since joining the department in 2001 Dr. Hasse has taught and developed many of the department's courses in planning, GIS and introductory geography. Dr. Hasse's most recent teaching interest involves integrating the concepts of Big History as a unifying theme across the department's Gen Ed courses. 

Zachary Christman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor / Director GIS Program
Ph.D. from Clark U. Graduate School of Geography
Discovery Hall 128

Dr. Christman specializes in the application of geospatial analytical methods to understand human-environment systems, on topics including land systems science, health geography, and spatial uncertainty. He has active research projects in Chiapas, Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, New Jersey, and the Greater Philadelphia region. He currently teaches Intro to Mapping and Geographic Information Science, Geospatial Modeling, Remote Sensing of Environment, Cartography and Digital Image Processing.

Jordan P. Howell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sustainable Business
Program Coordinator: Environmental & Sustainability Studies
Co-Director: Rowan Center for Responsible Leadership
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 856-256-4500 x4831
Business Hall 216B
RU Student Affairs profile

Jordan studies relationships between humans and the environment, in order to understand 'how we got here' with a particular problem or issue and also to propose solutions. He researches and teaches about a range of environmental topics but is especially focused on the waste management industry as well as understanding the role of markets and finance in achieving sustainability goals. His book, Garbage in the Garden State, will be released in 2021. His research is or has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Jordan is also on the faculty in the Dept. of Management & Entrepreneurship in the Rohrer College of Business, where he is the Co-Director of the Rowan Center for Responsible Leadership. He teaches several courses in both departments at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Charles McGlynn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. from Rutgers U.
Discovery Hall 130

Dr. McGlynn is an Instructor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability and the director of Rowan’s Water Resources Lab which is focused on water quality issues and access to safe drinking water. He has an active research project in Cebu City, Philippines and serves as the faculty advisor for the Rowan Univ. Philippine American Coalition (RU PAC). His courses include: Water Resources Planning, Earth Science Laboratory, the Geoscience of Natural Disasters, and the Geography of Asia and Population. Dr. McGlynn came to Rowan University after a career in the airline industry where he managed for two US majors. He has been the recipient of several awards and honors including the National Geographic Society Award for Excellence of Scholarship, Rowan University’s Wall of Fame and Innovations in Teaching Using Technology awards. He serves on the boards of South Jersey Land and Water Trust and New Pathways to Enterprise: Enabling women and their families through innovative livelihoods and is Treasurer of the Delaware Valley Geographical Association. He is also active in his community as a member of the Monroe Township Open Space Committee and serves in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Jennifer Kitson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. from Arizona State U.
Robinson Hall 315D
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kitson is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, & Sustainability. She is a west coast transplant with three degrees in geography: a doctorate from Arizona State University, a master’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s from San Francisco State University.
Dr. Kitson’s research explores urban, environmental, and social issues through the lived experience of place. She investigates the role of embodied experience in making just, hospitable, and sustainable communities, including on topics such as urban history, memory and nostalgia, smell and place, public art and space, pedestrian and public geographies, sustainable urbanism, and placemaking. She has published in journals such as cultural geographies, GeoHumanities, and Environmental Values and serves on the Women’s and Gender Studies Council at Rowan University. She is committed to cultivating inclusive learning communities in the courses she teaches, including Cultural and Urban Geography, Sensing the Sustainable City, and Senior Seminar. Students in her courses undertake experiential learning and fieldwork in exploring the social and sensory dimensions of public life and space as critical dimensions of pluralistic and sustainable communities.

Mahbubur Meenar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. from Temple U.
Discovery Hall 126
Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Mahbubur Meenar is an Assistant Professor of Planning in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability and the director of Community Planning and Visualization Lab at Rowan University. Dr. Meenar has a multi-disciplinary background in architecture (B.Arch.), urban planning (MUP), and geography (PhD). He examines the connection between human and spatial dimensions (e.g., natural and built environments) in developing plans for sustainable and resilient communities, focusing on the nexus of land, water, and food. His specific research interests include built environment, green infrastructure, food systems, Brownfields redevelopment, and participatory geo-spatial planning. Dr. Meenar serves as the principal investigator on several research grants funded by the US EPA and local governmental agencies. His work has been published in leading journals, including Journal of American Planning Association, Environmental and Planning A, Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of Planning Literature, and Environmental Management. Dr. Meenar currently teaches Environmental and Sustainability Planning, Intro GIS, Geovisualization, Senior Seminar, and Community Planning & Site Design. He serves as a board member of Creative Glassboro (the arts council of Glassboro Borough), a member of Rowan University Sustainability Master Plan Committee, and an editorial committee member of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.​


Richard Federman, MS

Lecturer /Student Club Advisor
M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy from Johns Hopkins U.
Discovery Hall 127
Curriculum Vitae

Richard Federman has taught for the Department of Geography, Planning & Sustainability for the past ten years, first as an adjunct, more recently as 3/4-time faculty, and beginning Fall 2018 as a Full-Time Lecturer. Some of the courses he teaches on a regular basis include Earth, People & Environment, The Geography of New Jersey, Quantitative Methods in Geography, and Physical Perspectives in Environmental Studies. Prior to teaching at Rowan, Richard has worked as an environmental planner for the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, and as an actuarial analyst for a consulting firm in Philadelphia.

Megan Bucknum

Lecturer /Research Associate - NJ Map Project Coordinator
M.U.E.P. from the U. of Virginia
Discovery Hall 124
Curriculum Vitae

Megan Bucknum applies her background in urban and environmental planning to the fields of food systems and participatory planning. Leveraging knowledge gained from holding positions across the food supply chain, she conducts research about regionally-based food distribution models that address sustainability and food security. Additionally, she integrates her experience facilitating public meetings, conducting interviews and designing participatory research projects into the curriculum of her courses and in support of faculty research projects. Motivated by the power of narrative, her research and class projects use interviews and oral histories to explore barriers and opportunities along our food supply chains and to understand how people connect to the built and natural environment This method allows people to be both involved and informed by her projects. She currently teaches Introduction to Planning and Environmental Design, Urban Geography and Food Systems Planning.

Ashley York, Ph.D.

PhD, Clark University
Discovery Hall 125

Dr. York uses GIS and remote sensing methods to answer questions about the Earth’s cryosphere in a changing climate. Specifically, her research uses satellite image time series analysis to investigate spacio-temporal variability in sea ice conditions and ocean temperatures, as well as change point detection to test for significant transitions in the behavior of marine-terminating glaciers along the coast of West Greenland. She has also done work using historical air photos and photogrammetry to calculate mass changes of small glaciers in western Canada. She has participated in glaciological field work in Alaska and Greenland. In the past Dr. York has taught courses on earth system science, field methods for environmental science, and GIS. Whether based on computers or based on in-situ observations and fieldwork, her courses are designed to further the interests of individual students through project-based learning. She believes projects encourage student independence and she enjoys the one-on-one advising such projects provide, as this also provides her with a greater opportunity to learn from the students in return. She currently teaches Introduction to Mapping and GIS, and Fundamentals of GIS.

'3/4'-Time Faculty

Christine Nolan

3/4 Faculty

Christine Nolan is the Executive Director of the South Jersey Land & Water Trust and has been with the organization since 2003. She has a degree in Geography & Environmental Studies from UCLA. Christine also serves as an adjunct professor of Geography at Rowan University and has served on her municipality’s Environmental Commission and Open Space Committee. She enjoys quilting, photography and travel in her free time.