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Department of Geography


Jerry Mitchell

Title: Professor
Department: Geography
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-5234
Office: Callcott 127, Callcott 230
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Geography
Jerry Mitchell


Dr. Jerry T. Mitchell is Department Chair and a Professor of Geography. He has been the Director of the Center of Excellence for Geographic Education since joining the department in 2004. He has authored more than sixty articles and book chapters, with work appearing in the journals Natural Hazards Review, Environmental Hazards, Cartography and GIS, The Geography Teacher, and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. This work was made possible by more than $5 million in external grant funding from the National Science Foundation, Verizon Foundation, National Geographic Society, the South Carolina Department of Education, and others. Dr. Mitchell served as Editor of Journal of Geography from 2010 through 2019 and was President of the National Council for Geographic Education in 2020.


  • Environmental hazards
  • Geography education
  • Latin America


GEOG 221: Geography of South Carolina
GEOG 223: Geography of Latin America
GEOG 223M: Geography of Latin America (Chile – Study Abroad)
GEOG 561: Contemporary Issues in Geography Education
GEOG 710: Seminar in Geography Education

Representative Publications 

Mewborne, M. and J. T. Mitchell. 2021. “Integrating Geography Skills in the Middle Grades: Instructional Change in South Carolina, USA.” Review of International Geographical Education. 11(1): 7–20.

Chang, C., Kidman, G., Wi, A., S. Singh and J. T. Mitchell. 2020. “Advancing a framework to describe school geography curricula around the world.” Research in Geographic Education. 21 (2): 55–72.

Martin, Y., S. Cutter, Z. Li, C. Emrich, and J. T. Mitchell. 2020. “Using geotagged tweets to track population movements to and from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.” Population and Environment. 42: 4–27.

Haney, J., C. Havice, and J. T. Mitchell. 2019. “Science or Fiction? The Persistence of Disaster Myths in Hollywood Films.” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. 37(3): 286–305.

Mewborne, M. and J. T. Mitchell. 2019. “Carcassonne: Using a Tabletop Game to Teach Geographic Concepts.” The Geography Teacher. 16(2): 57–67.

Collins, L. and J. T. Mitchell. 2019. “Teacher Training in GIS: What is needed for long-term success?” International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education. 28 (2): 118–135.

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