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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Jerry Mitchell

Title: Research Associate Professor and Director, Center of 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. He has authored more than fifty 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
  • Geography education
  • Latin America



GEOG 221: Geography of South Carolina
GEOG 223: Geography of Latin America (Chile – Study Abroad)
GEOG 330: Geography of Disasters (Costa Rica – Study Abroad)
GEOG 561: Contemporary Issues in Geography Education
GEOG 710: Seminar in Geography Education


Representative Publications 

Mitchell, J. T., G. Roy, S. Fritch, and B. Wood. 2018. “Teacher Training in GIS: Lessons Learned from High-Needs Schools.” Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 45(4): 292-304.

Mitchell, J. T. 2018. “Pre-Service Teachers Learn to Teach Geography: A Suggested Course Model.” Journal of Geography in Higher Education. Forthcoming.

Mitchell, J. T. and P. Hare. 2018. “Professional Development for the Advanced Placement Human Geography Teacher: Present Practice and Prospect for Change.” The Geography Teacher. Forthcoming.

Mitchell, J. T. and L. Collins. 2018. “Into the Field": An Exercise in Exploring Local and Not-so Local Landscapes.” The Geography Teacher. Forthcoming.

Fleming, J. and J. T. Mitchell. 2017. “Effects of Giant Traveling Map Use on Student Spatial Thinking.” The Geographical Bulletin. 58(2): 67-77.

Dawson, J. and J. T. Mitchell. 2017. “Bitter Sweets: Mapping Pineapples, Hospitality, and Slavery.” The Geography Teacher. 14 (3): 118-129.