Joseph Kerski

Education Manager and Geographer, Esri

Greater Denver Area
Education Management

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Joseph Kerski's Summary

I seek to use my skills in geography and Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) to expand the use of spatial thinking in all sectors of society by fostering educational partnerships, conducting educational research, writing and editing texts and research articles, teaching face to face and online hands-on courses, developing curricula, supporting educators, and training teachers, students, governmental, nonprofit, and business users at all levels.

Book titles and chapters authored and co-authored include:

Co-author, International Perspectives in Teaching and Learning with GIS in Secondary Schools

Foreword in "Geographic Literacy in the United States" book from NCGE with NGS Education Director Danny Edelson

Lonely Trailblazers chapter in GIS In Science Inquiry book.
Co-author, GIS Guide to Public Domain Data.
Tribal GIS Guide
Foreword in "Putting Interpretation on the Map"
Mapping Education.
Mapping for Understanding Community, Region, and the World: Using GIS in Indigenous Education.
Spatial Thinking to Understand Europe.
Comparing sea level rise in cities. Teaching boxes in Cities of the World.
Two chapters in Digital Geography.
GIS in Education In Handbook of GIS, Earthcaching—An Educator’s Guide.
Mapping for science, chapter in California Science, textbook.
The Colorado River.
West Virginia.
Essentials of the Environment.
Using GIS to transform the mathematical landscape.
GIS for Citizenship Education.
Foreword. Making Community Connections.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in education; Geography, Earth Science; Population Geography; Educational Technology; GPS in education

Joseph Kerski's Experience

Instructor, Spatial Thinking and Web Mapping Mastery Course

Online Learning Consortium

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; E-Learning industry

March 2014Present (7 months) Online

Designing, implementing, and teaching 9 week spatial thinking and web mapping mastery series course through the Online Learning Consortium.

Education Manager


Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

2006Present (8 years)

(1) Thought Leadership: Innovate and share leading-edge thought and ideas to foster and support GIS in teaching and learning at all levels and forms of education throughout the world. (2) Curriculum Development: Create educational materials that use online and desktop GIS technologies and methods for use in education and in other market sectors; (3) Partnerships: Foster educational partnerships among government, industry, professional societies, nonprofit organizations, academia, K-12 education; (4) Scholarship: Write and edit textbooks, articles, book reviews, flyers, posters to support and promote GIS education; (5) Teaching: Create curricular materials, develop and conduct numerous workshops and courses annually on digital and analog geospatial applications, products, and services to diverse audiences; (6) Research: Conduct research on teaching and learning in geography and using geotechnologies; (7) Communications: Very active in social media on a daily basis. Write articles. Create marketing plans. Create and operate Esri information exhibits at a wide variety of venues.

Adjunct Instructor

Elmhurst College

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

January 2014Present (9 months) Elmhurst Illinois

Creating and teaching online courses including Teaching Urban, Economic, and Population Geography in AP Human Geography Certificate program. Serving as Teaching Assistant in Digital Earth MOOC.

Teaching Assistant

Penn State University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

July 2013Present (1 year 3 months) State College, Pennsylvania Area

Serve as teaching assistant in Penn State Maps and the Geospatial Revolution MOOC. Co-created all lab exercises for the course with Dr Robinson. Teaching Assistant for GeoDesign MOOC; lead instructor = Dr Kelleann Foster.

Adjunct Instructor

University of Denver

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

2000Present (14 years)

Teach GIS theory and applications and public domain data courses through the University of Denver’s GIS program. Create and implement all exercises, exams, and curriculum.

Leadership Council

Colorado Geographic Alliance

January 2010May 2014 (4 years 5 months) Colorado Springs, Colorado Area

Advising Colorado Geographic Alliance on projects and programs to foster geographic education at all levels of education and in society. Conduct workshops, presentations, and exhibits on geography education and geotechnologies in a wide variety of settings and for different audiences. The Colorado Geographic Alliance, housed at UCCS campus, is part of the network of geographic alliances established by the National Geographic Society.

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Education Management industry

January 2011January 2012 (1 year 1 month)

President, 2011.
Vice President, 2008-2010.
Past President, 2012.
Board Member, 2003-2010.

Adjunct Instructor

Sinte Gleska University

20022007 (5 years)

Create and instruct the first online GIS course at the Rosebud Sioux’s Sinte Gleska University. Advise university staff on design of program; teach hands-on workshops, foster partnerships between the tribe, the university, the communities, the schools, and federal agencies.

Online Instructor

Eastern Michigan University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

20052006 (1 year)

Co-create educational GIS certificate program content; co-create all course materials and activities; teach online courses and workshops.

Volunteer Instructor

Visiting Scientist Program

19932006 (13 years)

Teach approximately 300 hands-on classes and institutes at primary, secondary, and college level, on physical and cultural geography, GIS, remote sensing, cartography, and natural hazards, throughout Colorado.

Geographer and Cartographer

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Government Agency; 5001-10,000 employees; Research industry

19892006 (17 years)

Foster educational partnerships among government, industry, professional societies, nonprofit organizations, academia, K-12 education; Write and edit textbooks, articles, book reviews, flyers, posters to promote science and geography and geotechnology education; Create curricular materials, develop and conduct 40 workshops and courses annually on digital and analog geospatial applications, products, and services to a diversity of audiences; Conduct research on teaching and learning in geography and using geotechnologies; (5) Maintain and other web resources; create educational CDs, write press releases and articles, operate USGS information exhibits at 20 conferences annually; (6) Create applications, databases, and maps to support the National Spatial Data Infrastructure for scientific projects using technical standards and computer procedures; conduct courses in GIS, spatial analysis, using geospatial data, and developing web resources.

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Primary/Secondary Education industry

20032005 (2 years)

Advise Emily Griffith Opportunity School on new GIS program; create all course materials; teach first course in program; serve as Spanish Instructor.

Guest Instructor

University of Montana

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

20022005 (3 years)

Serve as guest instructor for University of Montana’s online GIS course for educators. Answered technical and curriculum integration questions and worked with EOS staff.

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

20012002 (1 year)

Serve as guest instructor for several GIS courses to build an international interdisciplinary GIS community in E-911 services, news media, regional councils, public works, wastewater treatment, and in other disciplines.

Adjunct Instructor

Red Rocks Community College

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

19952001 (6 years)

Created and maintained first GIS course at Red Rocks Community College; wrote successful grant proposal for GIS program strategic plan.

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

19941995 (1 year)

Created GIS curriculum/assessments; taught Advanced GIS and ArcInfo courses. Participated in campus-wide GIS implementation team.

Supervisory Geographer

US Census Bureau

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

19851989 (4 years)

Conducted geography program training for wide variety of audiences, including planners and researchers; trained and supervised 120 staffpersons in computer mapping and geocoding; coordinated geography and statistical area programs with state, local and tribal governments and other data users; developed computer databases to control TIGER map production and geographic programs; conducted research and development in digital cartography.

Joseph Kerski's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Colorado Geographic Alliance

      University of Colorado Colorado Springs
      • Education
      January 2007 present (7 years 9 months)

      Advise Colorado Geographic Alliance on geography and geotechnology education initiatives, projects, and programs.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Education
      • Environment
      • Science and Technology

Joseph Kerski's Languages

  • Spanish, basic.

Joseph Kerski's Honors and Awards

  • GISP

    GIS Certification Institute
    • March 2014

    I have now become a GISP - certified by the GIS Certification Institute. March 2014.

Joseph Kerski's Projects

  • Spatial Reserves blog

    • May 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Joseph Kerski, Jill Clark

    This blog was established to follow up on some of the themes, promote a discussion of the issues raised, and host a copy of the exercises that accompany the book we co-authored entitled "The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data" from Esri Press.

  • Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS Institute (T3G Institute)

    T3G is a professional development event for educators who help other educators learn why and how to use GIS. Through modeling, practice, and discussion, participants boost their skills in teaching with computers, in problem-based learning, in conducting professional development, and in using GIS.

Joseph Kerski's Publications

  • International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS in Secondary Schools

    • Springer
    • 2012

    This book brings together authors from 33 countries who profile the current status of GIS in secondary school teaching and learning in their country. Each chapter includes a summary of the country’s educational context, a case study illustrating how GIS is used in secondary schooling, and an assessment of the opportunities and challenges in teaching and learning with GIS now and in the future. It is the first publication to collate a broad international perspective on the pedagogical value of GIS technology in classrooms.

  • Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making

    • Esri Press

    In Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making, tribal leaders tell their stories about implementing and using geographic information systems (GIS) to address their unique challenges as sovereign Nations. This book covers applications in natural resources and the environment, transportation, cultural and historical preservation, economic development, health, education, public safety, and agriculture. Showing how tribal governments responsible for the stewardship of their land and resources and the health and well-being of their People use enterprise GIS to make decisions, Tribal GIS supports tribes new to GIS and those with prior GIS experience.

  • The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data

    • Esri Press
    • June 2012

    The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data gives users of geographic information systems (GIS) relevant information about the sources and quality of available public domain spatial data. Readers will understand how to find, evaluate, and analyze data to solve location-based problems. This guide covers practical issues such as copyrights, cloud computing, online data portals, volunteered geographic information, and international data. Supplementary exercises are available online to help put the concepts into practice. Students, researchers, and professionals will find The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data a useful desk companion to help them navigate the world of spatial data in the public domain.

Joseph Kerski's Skills & Expertise

  1. GIS
  2. GPS
  3. Geography
  4. Educational Technology
  5. Earth Science
  6. Cartography
  7. Remote Sensing
  8. Spatial Analysis
  9. ArcGIS
  10. Spatial
  11. ESRI
  12. Geospatial
  13. GIS analysis
  14. ArcMap
  15. Geospatial Technologies
  16. Instructional Technology
  17. Web Mapping
  18. Geoprocessing
  19. Digital Mapping
  20. ArcInfo
  21. Learning Technology
  22. GIS software
  23. Geomatics
  24. Spatial Databases
  25. ArcView
  26. E-Learning
  27. Curriculum Development
  28. GIS Application
  29. ERDAS Imagine
  30. ArcGIS Server
  31. Research
  32. Community Outreach
  33. Database Admin
  34. Ecology
  35. ArcCatalog
  36. Teaching
  37. LiDAR
  38. ENVI
  39. Data Collection
  40. Environmental Awareness
  41. Databases
  42. Data Management
  43. Google Earth
  44. Environmental Science
  45. Surveying
  46. Data Mapping
  47. Photogrammetry
  48. ArcSDE
  49. Science
  50. Water Resources

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Joseph Kerski's Education

The University of Kansas

M.A., Geography

Thesis Title: The Impact of the Bruce R. Watkins Roadway Project on Neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri.

Activities and Societies: Emphases: Population Geography, Geography, GIS

University of Colorado Boulder

B.A., Geography

Activities and Societies: Emphases: Population Geography, Cartography

University of Colorado Boulder

Ph.D., Geography

The Implementation and Effectiveness of Geographic Information Systems Technology and Methods in Secondary Education.

Activities and Societies: Emphases: Geography Education, GIS, Population Geography.

Joseph Kerski's Additional Information


GIS, GPS, hiking, caving, music

Groups and Associations:

National Council for Geographic Education, National Speleological Society, Geographical Association, Royal Geographical Society, Association of American Geographers

Honors and Awards:

Special Achievement in GIS, ESRI. NSF project, Del Mar College, Texas, 2007, Geography Education award, Travelocity, 2006. Royal Geographical Society. 2003.
Geography Education Magazine of Science. 2002. National Geographic Society. NCGE Dissertation Award. 2001. ESRI Outstanding Contribution to GIS. 2000. Geospatial Information Technology Association. Boulder Valley Schools, 1999. Red Rocks Community College. 1999. National Geographic Society. 1997 and 1999. Human Resources Initiative, US Department of the Interior. A USGS Visitors Center. 1999. HRI, US DOI. A Scientific CD-ROM for the Geography Awareness Week Packet. ESRI / International Geographic Information Foundation. 1998. Geographic Education National Implementation Project. 1998. Dissertation Grant. National Geographic Society Education Foundation. 1998. Smoky Hill High School, GITA 1997. Ed Forrest Award. National Geographic Society Education. 1996. Horace Mann School, Denver.

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