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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Jerry Mitchell

Title: Research Associate Professor and Director, Center for Excellence for Geographic Education
Department: Geography
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-2986
Office: 113-A Callcott
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Geography
Jerry Mitchell


Dr. Jerry T. Mitchell is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Geographic Education and a Research Associate Professor of Geography. He is also a faculty research associate with the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute. His primary research areas lie in cultural responses to disaster, hazards education, and the use of geospatial technologies for vulnerability assessments. He has authored more than forty articles and book chapters, with work appearing in the journals Natural Hazards Review, Environmental Hazards, Cartography and GIS, and the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Dr. Mitchell has served as Editor of Journal of Geography since 2010 and received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education in 2012.



Environmental hazards
Recreation and tourism
Geography education



GEOG 221: Geography of South Carolina
GEOG 223: Geography of Latin America
GEOG 561: Contemporary Issues in Geography Education
GEOG 710: Seminar in Geography Education


Representative Publications 

Mitchell, J. T. (ed.). 2013. Atlas of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina: South Carolina Geographic Alliance.

Mitchell, J. T. and L. Collins. 2013. “The Green Book: Safe Spaces from Place to Place.” The Geography Teacher.

Mitchell, J. T., J. Cantrill, and J. Kearse. 2012. “The “Why” and “Where” of the Tappan Zee Bridge: A Lesson in Site Location, Physical Geography, and Politics.” Social Education. 76(4): 197-201.

Mitchell, J. T., L. Collins, S. Wise, and M. Caughman. 2012. “Connecting with Rice: Carolina Lowcountry and Africa.” The Geography Teacher. 9(1): 6-17.

Mitchell, J. T. and W. C. Terry. 2011. “Contesting Pisco: Chile, Peru, and the Politics of Trade.” The Geographical Review. 101(4): 518-535.

Battersby, S. E., J. T. Mitchell, and S. L. Cutter. 2011. “Development of an online hazards atlas to improve disaster awareness.” International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education. 20(4): 297-308.

Burton, C., J. T. Mitchell, and S. L. Cutter. 2011. “Evaluating Post-Katrina Recovery in Mississippi using Repeat Photography.” Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy, and Management. 35(3): 488-509.