VITAE FOR MIRIAM HELEN HILL
205 Martin Hall
Department of Physical and Earth Sciences
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265
Ph.D. Geography Department, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, May 1986
M.S. Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, May 1, 2015--Major: Criminal Justice
M.S. Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, August 2008--Major: Emergency Management
M.S. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, August 1975--
Major: Earth Science, Minor: Spanish
B.A. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, August 1974--
Major: Earth Science, Minors: Spanish and German
Technical Certificate IVY Tech State College, Sellersburg, Indiana, May 1997--Microcomputers
Master's Certificate in Emergency Management Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, December 2007
Work toward the Master of Arts, Computer Resources and Information Management and also
Marketing majors, Webster University, Jeffersonville, Indiana campus--spring 1994
Summary of Teaching Experience
- Specialty in Geographic Information Science, ESRI and Intergraph softwares
- Ph.D. in Geography (1986), Technical Certificate in Microcomputers (1997), Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management (2007), Master of Science in Emergency Management (2008), Master of Science in Criminal Justice (2015)
- Teaching experience in most areas of geography, earth science, environmental conservation, and
physical and historical geology
- Recipient of the Ray J. and Ruth C. Ringer Faculty Award, Jacksonville State University, 2008, for excellence in teaching, research, and service combined
- Recipient of the Distinguished Research Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Jacksonville State University, 2007
- Recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Jacksonville State University, 2006
- Recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award of the National Council for Geographic Education in 1993
- Extensive computer expertise including Geographic Information Systems, network administration, web page design, and distance learning (Blackboard)
- Multivariate statistical training
- Over thirty years experience as a university faculty member
- Administrative, organizational, and leadership skills demonstrated by professorial responsibilities
- Two degrees containing the education curriculum
Professor-Department of Physical and Earth Sciences, Jacksonville State University,
Jacksonville, Alabama--fall 2000 to present (Visiting Assistant Professor 2000-2001, Associate Professor 2001-2007).
Visiting Assistant Professor--Department of Geography, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama-1997-1998; rehired 1998-1999; rehired 1999-2000, Department of Geology and Geography
Assistant Professor--Department of Geography, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland--fall
Visiting Assistant Professor--Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of West
Florida, Pensacola, FL, fall 1994-spring 1995
Assistant Professor--Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Indiana University of
Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania--fall semester 1993
Assistant Professor--Geography and Geology--Division of Natural Sciences, Indiana University Southeast,
4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, Indiana--August 20, 1984--May 10, 1993 (promoted from
Lecturer in January 1986)
Assistant Professor--Department of Geography-Geology, Illinois State University, Normal,
Illinois--August 1981-May 1984
Teaching Fellow--Geography Department, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio--September 1978-June 1979
and August 1979-May 1980
Instructor--Geography Department, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North
Carolina--August 1, 1975-July 31, 1978
Instructor of Geography--Piedmont Technical Institute, Roxboro, North Carolina for University of North
Carolina at Greensboro--June-August 1976
Graduate Assistant--Department of Geography-Geology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute,
Indiana--August 1974-May 1975 and May 1975-August 1975
Student Teacher--Earth Science and Spanish, junior high and senior high, Indiana State University Laboratory School, Terre Haute, Indiana--March 11-May 7, 1974
Other Professional Experience
Co-Op--United States Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, Kentucky District, Louisville, Kentucky 40217, using ARC/INFO and writing macros
University Fellow--Geography Department, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio--August 1980-May 1981
Summer Doctoral Fellow--Geography Department, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio--1978, 1979, and
Selected Courses Taught
Physical Geography (with and without laboratory, one semester and two semesters); Earth Science
(with and without laboratory); Weather; Human Geography; World Regional Geography; Physical
Geology; Cartography; Geographic Information System; Advanced Geographic Information Systems; GIS Processing and Theory; GIS Accessory Tools; GIS Programming and Customization; Web Mapping: Construction and Design; GIS Problems and Applications; Spatial Processes and Patterns; Air Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing; Introduction to Spatial Analysis, Organization and Management of Spatial Systems; Air Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing; Environment, Culture, and Location Theory: Introduction to Geography; Environmental Conservation; Geography of North America; Historical Geology; Geography of the Non-Western World; Advanced Physical Geography; Senior Seminar (Geographic Thought); Selected Issues in Environmental Conservation; Undergraduate Readings and Research in Geography; Map Reading; Basic Mapping; Seminar in Regional Geography: Summer Geography Institute, 1991, 1992; Urban Physical Environments; Honors Earth Science; Research in Geography (G840); Society, Culture and the Environment; Land Use, Values, Perception, and Management; Climatology; Field Methods.
Lab Manual for Robert E. Gabler, James F. Petersen, L. Michael Trapasso, and Dorothy Sack's Physical Geography 9th ed., Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, 2009
Calhoun County Map with Jacob Kohute, Dustin Griffin, and Nishant KC, Anniston, AL: Chamber of Commerce, two editions.
Laboratory Manual for Essentials of Physical Geography by Robert E. Gabler, James F. Peterson, and L. Michael Trepasso 8th ed., Belmont, CA: Thomson-Brooks/Cole, 2007 (2006) ISBN 0495011916
Instructor’s Manual for "Laboratory Manual for Essentials of Physical Geography by Robert E. Gabler, James F. Peterson, and L. Michael Trepasso" 8th ed., Belmont, CA: Thomson-Brooks/Cole, 2007 0495011916", website to be posted by publisher.
"Maps as Illustration: Pointing the Way in the Liberal Arts and Sciences" Journal for the
Liberal Arts and Sciences 9 (4): 4-7.
“A Phenomenology Through Vicarious Experience” Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences 8 (4): 47
Know Your Geography and later renamed Geography for Everyone, Barnes and Noble University Premier Offering through Element K at www.barnesandnobleuniversity.com. First written in 2003 and revised in 2005.
Destroying the Art of Cartography: Teaching Illustrations Using ArcView. Educational
Resources Information Center, www.eric.ed.gov Accession Number (ERIC) ED479176
Clearinghouse Number SO035104
“Playing to Learn: WorldWise” Perspective 30 (6): 14.
"Playing to Learn: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Rand McNally Vacation Destination,
Pollution Solution," Perspective 21 (4): 14.
"Strategies for Encouraging Collaborative Learning with a Traditional Classroom," Contemporary
Education 63: (Spring 1992): 213-215.
"Indiana Toponym Exercise," Geography Educators' Network of Indiana Incorporated, 92 (1,
"Playing to Learn: World Traveler, Game of the States, Globespin," Perspective 20 (2, December 1991):
16. Reprinted in Geography Educators' Network of Indiana Inc. 92 (2, March/April): 12.
Study Guide to Accompany Physical Geography by Robert Wallen, Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown
"Study Guides, Non-Traditional Teaching, and Non-Traditional Students" in Proceedings: Collaborative
Learning in Higher Education Teaching Conference, October 1990: Panel Discussions and
Selected Presentations, edited by Edmund Hansen, Nancy Totten, Siat-Moy Chong, and Jeannie
Little, Bloomington, Indiana: Division of Development and Special Projects (DDSP), IU Audio
Visual Center, 1991.
Geography Program Consultant for Houghton Mifflin Social Studies: My Indiana Home, by Beverly J.
Armento, Gary B. Nash, Christopher L. Salter, and Karen K. Wixson, Boston, Massachusetts:
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1991.
"Individualizing Instruction through Learning Modules," Bloomington, Indiana: ERIC Clearinghouse for
Social Studies/Social Science Education, November 16, 1990, ED 320 839.
"Without Vision: The Concerns of Blind Pedestrians" in Man-Environment Systems volume 17 numbers 3
and 4, a "Forum for Communications Bearing on the Interface between Research in the
Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Design and Management of the Sociophysical
Environment." A Publication of the Association for the Study of Man-Environment Relations,
Inc., in Orangeburg, New York. May-July 1987, pages 92-98, (published in 1989).
"Review of Phenomenology, Science and Geography: Spatiality and the Human Sciences by John Pickles,"
Journal of Geography 86, Number 1, page 39.
"The Non-Visual Lifeworld: A Comparative Phenomenological Geography." Ph.D. Dissertation, Kent
State University, Kent, Ohio, May 1986.
"Bound to the Environment: Towards a Phenomenology of Sightlessness." In Dwelling, Place and
Environment: Towards a Phenomenology of Person and World, by David Seamon and Robert
Mugerauer (Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff, 1985), pp. 99-111. Reprinted by Columbia University
Press, New York, 1989.
"Comparison of Cognitive Retention from Three Testing Methods: Fill-in-the-Blank, Multiple Choice and
Multi-Digit Test (MDT)." Co-authored with Paul S. Anderson, Shamim Naim, and William D.
Walters, Jr. Illinois School Research and Development 21 #1 (Winter 1985): 28-37. Reprinted
in The MDT Innovation: Machine-Scoring of Fill-in-the-Blank Tests by Paul S. Anderson,
(Normal, Illinois: MULTI-DIGIT Technologies Corp., 1987) pp. 132-140.
"Temporary Versus Tenure-Track Positions: Comments on the Prevalence with its Multiple Implications."
Co-authored with Sandra French Affirmative Actions News, Indiana University Southeast Spring
1986, p. 2.
"The Non-Visual World: A Geographical Exploration" in Avenues to Access: Educations Strategies,
Programs and Research at Kent State University, ed. Gwen H. Callas (Kent, Ohio: Disabled
Student Services, Kent State University, 1982), pp. 90-93.
"Review of The Human Experience of Space and Place, edited by Anne Buttimer and David Seamon."
Architectural Psychology Newsletter 10 (December 1980): 46-47, (Kingston upon Thames,
England: Architectural Psychology Research Unit, Kingston Polytechnic).
"Review of A Geography of the Lifeworld: Movement, Rest and Encounter, by David Seamon." The
Phenomenology and Social Science Newsletter 8 (no. 3-4, 1980): 12-13, (Norman, Oklahoma:
Center for the Study of Phenomenology, University of Oklahoma).
Selected Published Photographic and Cartographic Works
Over 150 illustrations and maps for Laboratory Manual for Essentials of Physical Geography by Robert E. Gabler, James F. Peterson, and L. Michael Trepasso 8th ed., Belmont, CA: Thomson-Brooks/Cole, 2007 (2006) ISBN 0495011916 and the on-line Instructor's Manual
Multiple maps in Upper Coosa Basin Watershed Management Plan, Alabama Clean Water Partnership, July 2004, page 11.
“Regions and Rivers” and “Counties and Major Cities”, illustrations for Harvey H. Jackson,
III’s book Inside Alabama: A Personal History of My State, Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2004, pg. iii and pg. 0.
“An Oversized Oxbow,” “Meigs Pasture Site,” “Site 8SR44,”and “Comparison” in “Late Holocene Climate Fluctuations and Culture Change in Southeastern North America” by Keith J. Little in Southeastern Archaeology 22: # 1, Summer 2003, pg. 11, 15, 16, and 17.”
“Outdoor Classrooms Map” in Jacksonville State University’s Little River Canyon Fields Schools 2006, Jacksonville, AL: EPIC, 2004, 2005 and 2006, page 7.
"Little River Canyon to Cheaha State Park Map," Little River Canyon Field School 2003, page 27, Jacksonville State University, Alabama: EPIC, Jacksonville State University, 2003 and subsequent editions.
“Site 1Ba174 Bank Profile” page 108, “site 1Ba175 Bank Profile” page 110, and “1Ba529 Bank Profile” page 113 in Keith J. Little, “Paleoclimate and Shell Deposition at Archaeological Sites in Mobile-Tensaw Delta of Southwest Alabama” Journal of Alabama Archaeology 47 (2): 103-127.
Selected Scholarly Papers
"Supplementing Blackboard: Making It Do More" paper presented at the Blackboard Showcase,
2005, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama.
"Pine Needle Basketry: A Cultural Ecology Facet of Southern Indians" presented at the annual
meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Birmingham, Alabama, October 12,
"AEGIS Provides Map Data: Information and Lessons" paper presented at the annual meeting of
the National Council for Geographic Education, Birmingham, Alabama, October 12, 2005.
“Spatial Patterns of Alabama Agriculture,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the
Association of American Geographers, April 5, 2005.
“GIS Software for Your Classroom: Demonstration and Grant Information,” paper presented at
the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, October 22, 2004, Kansas
“‘AEGIS’or ‘Alabama Environmental Geographic Information System’” co-authored paper presented by Bryan Burgess at the Gulf Coast Regional Conservation Committee of the Sierra Club at Mountain View, Arkansas on October 3, 2004.
"Using Offline Content to Support Blackboard Courses" paper presented at the Blackboard
Showcase, May 20, 2004, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama.
“ADEM Can Do Better At Protecting Citizens’ Health, Taxpayers’ Money, Producers’ Investments, and the Environment by Better Management of the Concentrations of Animal Feeding Operations” planned paper co-author with Bryan Burgess at the Alabama Environmental Management Commission (AEMC) in Montgomery, AL, April 20, 2004.
“Alabama Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Database Analysis,” with Bryan Burgess as co-author, poster paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, PA, March 19, 2004.
“Alabama Environmental GIS, Applications and Uses” co-author with Bryan Burgess, paper
presented to Alabama Rivers Alliance Annual Water Conference, Wheeler State Park,
Rogersville, AL, March 13, 2004.
“Environmental Geographic Information Systems: Applications and Benefits” co-author with
Bryan Burgess, workshop presented to the Sierra Club Water Sentinel Training Program,
Chicago, IL, February 13, 2004.
“Mapping Animal Feeding Operations: From SPOT to Shapefile,” with Bryan Burgess as co-author, paper presented at the annual meeting of the SouthEast Regional User Group (SERUG) of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Savanna, GA, February 4,
“Web Map Resources for Classroom Activities” paper presented at the annual meeting of the
National Council for Geographic Education, Salt Lake City, UT, October 9, 2003.
“Archaeological Research and GIS: Geoarchaeology at JSU,” paper presented with Michael Rice at the annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science, Jacksonville, Alabama, March 21, 2003.
“Destroying the Art in Cartography: Teaching Illustrations Using ArcView,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 6, 2003.
“Map Design and Faults of Defaults,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the South East Regional Users Group (ESRI), Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 6, 2002.
“PowerPoint Animation and Sound: Laboratory Resources and Instructions” paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 17, 2002.
“Laboratory On-Line with Blackboard: Advantages and Disadvantages,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, California, April 21, 2002.
"Mapping in Microsoft Office: Desktop Mapping from Spreadsheets," paper presented at the annual
meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada, August 3, 2001.
"Student Evaluation of Computer Multimedia Classroom Presentations", paper presented at the annual
meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, New York, February 28, 2001.
"Comprehensive Test Banks as Student Resource Materials", paper presented at the annual meeting of the
National Council for Geographic Education, Chicago, Illinois, August 3, 2000.
"Geographic Humor: Web Jokes as Attention Hooks and Illustration", paper presented at the annual
meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 4-8, 2000.
"Making and Using Clickable Web-Based Maps for Geography Education: It's Easy", paper presented at
the National Council for Geographic Education annual meeting, Boston, Massachusetts,
November 4, 1999.
Selected Grants, Honors, and Awards
Recipient of the Ray J. and Ruth C. Ringer Faculty Award, Jacksonville State University, 2008, for excellence in teaching, research, and service combined
"Create GIS Systems for Mapping and Analyzing Nutrient Loading in Four Water Resource Regions" grant received with Dr. Bryan Burgess and Friends of Rural Alabama from the Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC for two years totalling $99,400
"Calhoun County Chamber Map" grant received from Anniston Star and Chamber of commerce to produce the Calhoun County Road Map. two editions
Distinguished Research Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Jacksonville State University, 2007
Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Jacksonville State University, 2006
Dr. Miriam Helen Hill and Dr. Bryan Burgess received a conservation grant from Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) of Redlands, California to assist in the construction of spatial database and websites to provide environmental information for mapping and analysis for seven states.
GeoMedia Education Grant from Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions. This is unlimited
licenses for GeoMedia Professional and two licenses for GeoMedia Web Map Professional. 100
licenses of the former and 2 licenses of the latter have a commercial value of approximately
$773,500. Renewed 2005-2006
Registered Research Laboratory grant from Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions. This
provides software licenses and support valued at $125,000. Renewed 2005-2006
Awarded one of twenty Higher Education Grants from Visual Learning Systems, Inc.
This is a site license for Feature Analyst Professional for ESRI’s ArcGIS. Commercial value
is approximately $500,000.
National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award, 1993.
The 1989 Elise Fullenlove Award for Humane Service from the Floyd County [Indiana] Humane Society
on September 25, 1989.