Fritz Kessler

Fritz Kessler
Director, 2014-2018

John Dutton e-Education Institute, Penn State
435 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802

Fritz Kessler is a Senior Research Associate in the John Dutton e-Education Institute at Penn State. He teaches courses on cartographic design, map projections and datums, spatial analysis, and GIS system design. Prior to joining Penn State, he was Professor and Chair of the Geography Department at Frostburg State University. His professional cartographic background has evolved through a variety of professional positions such as Ohio University’s Cartographic Center, the USGS Water Resource Division, Intergraph, R. R. Donnelley and Sons, the Kansas State Geological Survey, and the T. R. Smith Map Library. He received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1999, his MS from Penn State in 1991, and BS from Ohio University. Fritz’s main research interests include map projections. Recent publications include: a co-authored book Thematic Cartography and GeoVisualization, and articles published in Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Cartographica, Cartographic Perspectives, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and Journal of Geography. He also is co-author of a chapter “Thematic Mapping” for The History of Cartography Project, Volume 6: Cartography in the Twentieth Century. Aside from serving on CaGIS’ Board, Fritz’s service contributions to the cartographic profession include active membership in in the North American Cartographic and Information Society (NACIS) where he currently is the Vice President Elect, a member of the Board of Directors, and a member of the Cartographic Perspectives Editorial Board. Previously, he was past Editor in Chief of Cartographic Perspectives and Coordinator of the poster session at NACIS’ annual conferences.