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Dean, CISE; Professor, ISAT, Geography, IA
Contact Info

  • Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University (1990)
  • M.S., Materials Science, University of Virginia (1985)
  • B.A. Physics, University of Virginia (1983)
Scholarly Interests/Research Topics
  • Geospatial Tools
  • Applications to K-12 Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Professional Development for K-16 Teachers
  • Evolution of students' spatial thinking skills
  • Applications of GIS
  • Data Visualization
  • Recruitment and Retention in STEM Education
  • Simulation and Modeling
  • Co-founder and Associate Director, Center for Image Processing in Education
  • Co-founder, Science Approach
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 469 - Applications of GIS
  • ISAT 642 - Applications of GIS for Resource Management

Keranen, K. and R. A. Kolvoord (2008).  Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS. ESRI Press, Redlands, CA.

Keranen, K. and R. A. Kolvoord (2011). Making Spatial Decisions With GIS, 2nd Edition. ESRI Press, Redlands, CA.

Keranen, K. and R. A. Kolvoord (2013). Making Spatial Decisions Using Remote Sensing. ESRI Press, Redlands, CA. (In press)

Kolvoord, R., M. Charles and S. Purcell (2013).  What Happens After the Professional Development: Case Studies on Implementing GIS in the Classroom.  Chapter in Learning Science Through the Innovative Use of Geospatial Technologies Designing Effective Learning Tools and Programs for K-16 Settings.  Barnett, Michael; MaKinster, James; Trautmann, Nancy (Eds.).  Springer-Verlag.  In press.

Kolvoord, R.A., K. Keranen and P. Rittenhouse (2017).  Applications of Location-Based Services and Mobile Technologies in K-12 Classrooms. International Journal of Geo-Information 6(7), 209; doi:10.3390/ijgi6070209 

Kolvoord, B., K. Keranen and S. Rittenhouse (2019).  The Geospatial Semester: Concurrent Enrollment in Geospatial Technologies.  Journal of Geography, 118 (1), pp. 3-10.

Jant, E.W., D. Uttal, R. Kolvoord, K. James, and C. Msall (2019).   Defining and Measuring the Influences of GIS-Based Instruction on Students’ STEM-Relevant Reasoning. Journal of Geography, 119(1), 22-31.  

Muenks, K., Peterson, E. G., Green, A., Kolvoord, R., & Uttal, D. (2019). Parents’ beliefs about high school students’ spatial abilities: Gender differences and associations with parent behavior and students’ STEM career intentions.  Sex Roles, 82(9-10), 570-583. 

Keranen, K. and Kolvoord, R. (2019). Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (4th Quarter 2019 Edition), John P. Wilson (ed.).

James, K., McGee, S., Uttal, D., & Kolvoord, B. (2020). Design-based research in GIS-infused disciplinary courses: Toward a design framework. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.). The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 2 (pp. 1111-1117). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences. 

Peterson, Emily Grossnickle, Adam B. Weinberger, David H. Uttal, Bob Kolvoord, and Adam Green (2020).  Spatial Activity Participation in Childhood and Adolescence: Consistency and Relations to Spatial Thinking in Adolescence.  Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 5, 43.

Peterson, Emily Grossnickle, David H. Uttal, Bob Kolvoord and Adam Green (2020).  High School Students’ Experiences with Geographic Information Systems and Factors Predicting Enrollment in the Geospatial Semester.  Journal of Geography, in press.

Kolvoord, Bob (2020).  Fostering Spatial Thinking Skills for Future Citizens to Support Sustainable Development.  Proceedings of the 2019 World Conference on Science Literary.  Cultures of Science, in press.

Kolvoord, R. (2021).  Evolution of Students’ Spatial Skills.  Chapter in GIS for Science, Vol. 3, edited by Dawn J. Wright and Christian Harder.  ESRI Press, Redlands, CA.  In press.

Cortes, R. A., Colaizzi, G. A., Dyke, E. L., Peterson, E. G., Walker, D. L., Kolvoord, R. A., Uttal, D. H., & Green, A. E. (2022). Individual Differences in Parietal and Premotor Activity During Spatial Cognition Predict Figural Creativity. Creativity Research Journal, 1–10.

Cortes, Robert A., Emily G. Peterson, David J. M. Kraemer, Robert A. Kolvoord, David H. Uttal, Nhi Dinh, Adam B. Weinberger, et al. (2022). Transfer from Spatial Education to Verbal Reasoning and Prediction of Transfer from Learning-Related Neural Change. Science Advances 8 (32): eabo3555.

Kolvoord, R. and Emily G. Peterson (2023). Can GIS Use in High School Bolster College Geography Enrollments? The Impact of the Geospatial Semester. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, in press.

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