Core Faculty

Core Faculty

GPS Core Faculty

Tenure-Track Faculty

Kevin Keenan, Ph.D. AICP

Department Chair
Ph.D. from Clark U.
keenankp@rowan.edu
856.256.4231
Robinson Hall

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.
hasse@rowan.edu
856.256.4812
Robinson Hall 315G
website

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
christmanz@rowan.edu
856.256.4810
Robinson Hall 315B

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 / Director Environ. & Sustain. Studies Program
Ph.D. from Michigan State U.
howellj@rowan.edu
856-256-4500 x4831
Robinson Hall 315C
Website: www.jordanphowell.org
RU Student Affairs profile

Dr. Howell studies environmental policy and governance, and aims to develop improvements to the ways in which environmental policy is developed and applied. His current projects examine solid waste and energy infrastructures in North America, Denmark, and Hawai’i. He teaches several courses in the Environmental & Sustainability Studies program, as well as a research methods course.

Charles McGlynn, Ph.D.

Instructor
Ph.D. from Rutgers U.
mcglynn@rowan.edu
856.256.4811
Robinson Hall 315A

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.
kitson@rowan.edu
856.256.4817
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 University
meenar@rowan.edu
856.256.5812
Robinson Hall 315C
Curriculum Vitae
Research lab web site:  
https://www.planviz.org

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.​

 Lecturers

Richard Federman, MS

Lecturer /Student Club Advisor
M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy from Johns Hopkins U. 
federmanr@rowan.edu
856.256.4811
Robinson Hall 315E
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
bucknum@rowan.edu
856.256.4811
Robinson Hall 315
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.

'3/4'-Time Faculty

Eunmok Lee

3/4 Faculty
leee@rowan.edu

Eunmok Lee is a geographer who is interested in human-environmental interactions and human's approach to geospatial information. He had worked as a RS & GIS engineer for almost ten years before he came to the Univ. of Kansas where he received his doctorate. His professional knowledge and skills have been built on various geospatial industrial/academic experiences in GIS, RS, and Cartography/GeoVisualization. His research interests include land cover/land use change, human-environment interactions, visualizing (mapping) spatial data, data exploration and statistical analysis, and geospatial analysis using GIS & RS techniques, to name a few.

Christine Nolan

3/4 Faculty
nolanc@rowan.edu
856.256.4811

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.