- Spring 1, 2022 (Jan - March)
- Summer, 2022 (May - July)
- Fall 1, 2022 (Aug - Oct)
Department of Earth and Environmental Science
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548
PHONE: (516) 299-2652 (The country code for the United States is 1)
FAX: (516) 299-3945 (The country code for the United States is 1)
E-MAIL: Please use the course e-mail system
AVAILABILITY: Students are welcome to contact me by e-mail anytime; I usually am able to respond within 24 hours. Although e-mail correspondence is preferred, students may also contact me by telephone at the number above from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday through Friday, U.S. Eastern Time.
Welcome to GEOG 871
I'm Pat Kennelly, the instructor for this course. In this course, you will learn various aspects of managing a GIS project, building on what you learned in GEOG 583. As your instructor, I will do all that I can to ensure that this is an interesting, informative, interactive and fun learning experience for you.
A little about my background. I have a bachelor’s degree in geology, a master’s degree in geophysics, and a Ph.D. in geography. Additionally, I have twelve years of work experience in industry, state government, and consulting. Five of those years I was a GIS manager or project manager. I am currently a Professor of Geography at Long Island University in New York and a Visiting Professor of Geography at Penn State University.
On the home-front, life is also busy and exciting. My wife Sharon is the executive director of a regional theater in our town of Port Washington. Our three children -Ethan, Jamie, and Ryan - help to ensure that we never get bored. We like to take advantage of all that Long Island has to offer, especially the beautiful beaches and the nearby grandparents!
I look forward to getting to know you during this class. I’d be especially interested to hear about your background and experience with GIS in general, and GIS projects in which you have been involved in particular.
President, Croswell-Schulte IT Consultants, Frankfort KY,
AVAILABILITY: Students may contact me by email at any time. Normally, I will respond within 1 day. Also you may contact me by phone from 7:30am to 8:00pm (Eastern US Time) on weekdays and from 9:00am to 5:00pm on weekends. If you get my phone greeting, leave a message and let me know when and how I can contact you. If you have questions or would like to discuss any of the lesson assignments, I encourage you contact me.
Welcome to GEOG 871
My name is Pete Croswell and I'm in Frankfort Kentucky. I want to welcome all of you to this course and I look forward to working with you over the next 3 months. As you are aware, GEOG 871 is a requirements for Penn State's Online GIS Masters program. My goal is to to support your study and provide practical guidance and advice to enhance and expand your skills in managing GIS projects and related information technology initiatives. After many years of managing and working on many types of GIS and IT projects, I've come to believe that effective project management is over 50% "applied common sense" and the rest is learning and becoming comfortable with proven tools and methods. Many of you already have experience with IT or GIS project planning and management. I hope to build on this experience to help you become more efficient and effective in your work. As we go through the course, I encourage all of you to ask me for help and direction but also share your ideas and experience with me and the other students. This is the type of course from which your get as much value as the effort you devote to it. In addition to helping meet course requirements for those of you who are pursuing a degree or certificate, I want you to leave with some new perspectives and practical skills that help you in your professional life.
I have a BA degree in Geography (with minor in Math) from the State University of New York (SUNY) Albany and Masters degree from Western Illinois University (Geography/Geology). Those degrees came before anyone was using the term “GIS” but my background in cartography, remote sensing, geomorphology, and computer science gave me a nice foundation to move into the new field of GIS in the late 1970s. I also have a more recently completed (2009) IT systems administration and management certificate program from the University of Louisville. After finishing up my Master's program at WIU, I began my career working as an analyst and then manager of an early GIS program in the State of Kentucky (Natural Resources Cabinet). In that role, I got heavily involved in implementing environmental regulatory programs and using computer technology and GIS (pretty crude in the late 1970s) to support many state programs. Since the mid-1980s, I have been a consultant in GIS and IT getting involved in a large array of needs assessment, design, planning, and project management support work for federal, state, and local governments, utility companies, and other types of public sector and private organizations--including international work in Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean, China, Middle East, and other places. Right now, I am President of my own consulting firm, Croswell-Schulte IT Consultants. I'm pretty active in professional associations, particularly the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) in which I've served on the governing Board, as president, and many other roles including work with URISA’s GIS Management Institute. I've written quite a few professional papers, special publications, and a few books on IT and GIS topics including the 2019 book, GIS Management Handbook. I'm a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and hold a number of GIS and IT certifications.
I'm looking forward to the course. I encourage all of you to dive in without hesitation. Read the course orientation material and review the syllabus. Please login on a regular basis and keep up with assignments since we will be moving along quickly. I will be providing additional information about how best to contact me when you need assistance.