Julio Rivera was named Provost in 2010. Before that, he taught courses in geographic information science (GIS), satellite image interpretation and urban, economic and cultural geography.
His research focuses on the development of suburban communities and how the design of the built environment enhances or impedes community life. He worked at the Global Institute for Sustainability at Arizona State University, examining trends in the development of the urban fringe in the Phoenix metropolitan area. He has brought students to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, as part of a service-learning course in the Geography and Biology of Nicaragua. He has directed numerous undergraduate student senior thesis projects, many of which were presented at regional and national conferences. He was the recipient of the 2002 Carthage College Distinguished Teaching Award.
Provost Rivera earned his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his M.A. in higher education and student affairs at The Ohio State University, and his B.A. in journalism and theology at Marquette University. Read more.
"I have enjoyed all of the professors in the Geography and Earth Science Department, but Julio has greatly enhanced my learning experience here. He is an excellent instructor who is also extremely willing to help outside of the classroom." — Dan Murray, '11
"You always leave his office feeling better about the question you had, and your day in general." — Sarah Geise, '11
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