Core Faculty

Core Faculty

GPS Core Faculty

Tenure-Track Faculty

Zachary Christman, Ph.D.

Department Chair
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.

John Hasse, Ph.D. AICP

Professor / Director of GeoLab
Ph.D. from Rutgers U.
Robinson Hall 315G

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. 

Kevin Keenan, Ph.D. AICP

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.

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.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. from Arizona State U.
Westby Hall 209H
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kitson is an associate 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.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. from Temple U.
Discovery Hall 126
Curriculum Vitae
Research lab web site:

Dr. Mahbubur Meenar is an Associate Professor of Planning in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability and the director of Community Planning + Visualization Lab at Rowan University. Dr. Meenar has a multi-disciplinary background in architecture (B.Arch.), urban planning (M.U.P), and geography and urban studies (Ph.D.). 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 (i) community food systems, environment, and security; (ii) blue, green, and grey infrastructure; (iii) sustainable development, design, and policy; and (iv) digital tools, technologies, and societies. Dr. Meenar has served as the principal investigator on research grants funded by the US EPA, NASA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other agencies. His work has been published in leading journals. Dr. Meenar currently teaches Environmental and Sustainability Planning, Geovisualization, Planning Studio, and Community Planning & Site Design.

Qian He, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington
Discovery Hall 124
856.256.4500 x53977

Dr. Qian He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability at Rowan University. Her research focuses on the risks and resilience of vulnerable communities at the intersection of the urban built environment, public policy, and climate change. Her research and teaching advocate for equitable planning, adaptation, and response to climate change, including impacts of Sea Level Rise, hurricanes, and Presidential Declared Disasters (PDDs). Trained as a planner, her recent projects use spatial econometric modeling and urban informatics techniques to examine how planning decisions (land use regulation and transportation access) and public policies (federal disaster aid programs and place-based policies) can affect the well-being of historically disadvantaged communities on critical issues including public health disparity, housing affordability, and community safety.

Prior to joining Rowan, Dr. Qian He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington. She previously taught as an instructor for planning practitioners at Planetizen with her expertise in infrastructure justice and community resilience.

John Mullen

Assistant Professor
856.256.4500 x53638



Richard Federman, MS

Senior Lecturer / Student Club Advisor
M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy from Johns Hopkins U.
Discovery Hall 129
Curriculum Vitae

Richard Federman has taught for the Department of Geography, Planning & Sustainability for the past sixteen 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 & Qualitative Methods in Geography, and Planet in peril: Environmental Science in the 21st Century. 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

Senior Lecturer / Research Associate
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.

Ted Howell, Ph.D.

Ph.D. from Temple U
Victoria Hall 414
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ted Howell teaches jointly in Writing Arts and GPS, focusing on environmental and sustainability issues, specifically climate change. He helps students develop their capacity for ecological thought and enables them to find actionable solutions to complex problems. His teaching on climate change fiction, which is often called “cli-fi,” has been featured in The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Smithsonian, and he leads workshops for local libraries about what novels can teach us about climate change. Dr. Howell’s research explores in how philosophies of nature are reflected in creative works and how scientists, reformers, and authors collaborate to formulate and frame ideas about the environment. His work has been published in Modern Language Quarterly and the collection Modernism and the Anthropocene. In addition to scholarly work, he presents and writes about teaching and pedagogy, including a series of freely available learning modules through Rowan’s Cultivating the Environmental Humanities group. Dr. Howell lives in Glassboro and enjoys hiking, gardening, playing disc golf and board games, and exploring parks and woods at every opportunity. For GPS, he currently teaches Senior Seminar and two additional courses that will appeal to GPS majors: Environmental Writing and Rhetoric (a Writing Arts course) and Environmental Communication (in Communication Studies).

Louis L. Thomas, Ph.D. AICP

Discovery Hall 125
856.256.4500 x53975

Dr. Lou Thomas is passionate about creating an equitable, sustainable, and all-age-friendly city. His research focuses on family-oriented and multi-generational high-density as one tool in our toolbox for addressing climate change, inequality, and social isolation. His work has been published in JAPAPlanning MagazinePLATFORMPlanning Perspectives, and he was a guest on UCLA’s Housing Voice podcast. A dedicated educator, he has previously taught in planning programs at Hunter College, the University of Maryland College Park, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the University of the District of Columbia's Urban Sustainability and Environmental Science program. He was also an Associate Professor of American History & Urban Studies at Bard Early College DC and a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Urbanism Lab at the University of Chicago. He earned his PhD from MIT's Dept. of Urban Studies & Planning in 2019, and his MCP from UMD in 2012. He currently teaches Introduction to City Planning; Land Use & Conservation; Community Planning, Engagement & Site Design; and Environmental / Sustainable Planning.

'3/4'-Time Faculty

Francesca Mundrick

3/4 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.