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George Towers, Ph.D.

Head, Division of Liberal Arts; Professor of Geography
Division of Liberal Arts
CC Room 162A

PHONE: 812.348.7371
FAX: 812.348.7370


  • 1991 Ph.D., Major: Geography, Minor: Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson.
  • 1986 M.A., Major: Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson.
  • 1983 B.A., Majors: Anthropology and Spanish, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Courses Taught

In Human Geography

  • Advanced Cultural Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Environmental Policy Seminar
  • Geography Capstone
  • History of Geographic Thought
  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • Political Geography Urban Geography
  • World Cultural Geography

In Regional Geography

  • Geography of Appalachia
  • Geography of Latin America
  • Geography of the US-Mexico Borderlands

In Cartography and Geographic Information Systems

  • Advanced Computer Cartography
  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • Computer Cartography
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Teaching and Learning with Maps

In Physical Geography

  • Physical Geography
  • Elements of Earth Science

In Other Fields

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Academic Research

Administrative & Service Responsibilities

Previous Administrative Positions

  • 2013-16 Head, Division of Science, IUPUC (Interim, 2013-15)
  • 2009-13 Associate Academic Dean, Concord University (Interim, 2009-10)
  • 2005-08 Chairman, Division of Social Sciences, Concord University

Previous Faculty Positions

  • 2004-2013 Professor of Geography, Concord University
  • 1998-2004 Associate Professor of Geography, Concord University
  • 1992-98 Assistant Professor of Geography, Concord University
  • 1991-92 Assistant Professor of Geography, Missouri State University
  • 1989-90 Geography Instructor, El Paso County (TX) Community College

Awards & Activities

  • 2004-05. Joseph Friedl Award. Presented by the Concord University Student Government Association to the year's outstanding professor. 


  • Towers, G., Poulsen, J., Zoeller, A., Crisp, C. & Torres, A. 2017. Diversifying for Sustainability: Repurposing a Targeted Pilot Faculty Mentoring Program. In 10th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings: A Decade of Cultivating an Inclusive Mentoring Community, eds. N. Dominguez, B. Berkeley, N. Barka, T. Chrisman, B. Kelley, & E. Westfall. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico. Also published in 2017 in The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching, vol. 2, Special Issue 10, pp. 818-823.
  • Towers, G., Carr, D., Poulsen, J., Zoeller, A., Torres Bernal, A. and Crisp, C. 2016. Career Self-Efficacy Mentoring for Pre-Promotion Under-Represented Faculty. In 9th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings: Developmental Networks: The Power of Mentoring and Coaching, eds. N. Dominguez and D. Alexander, pp. 1222-1226. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico.  
  • Towers, George. 2013. Cultural Dasymetric Population Mapping with Historical GIS: A Case Study from the Southern Appalachians.  In Geographic Information Systems: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, ed. Information Resources Management Association, pp. 1151-1169. IGI Global. Originally published in 2011 in the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 38-56.
  • Towers, George. 2011. Review of Digital Geography: Geospatial Technologies in the Social Studies Classroom, edited by Andrew J. Milson and Marsha Alibrandi. Journal of Geography, vol. 110, no. 1, pp. 47-48.
  • Towers, George. 2010. Rediscovering Rural Appalachian Communities with Historical GIS. Southeastern Geographer, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 58-82.
  • Towers, George. 2006. Reading the Appalachian Landscape. Geographical Review, vol. 96, no. 2, pp. 313-317.
  • Towers, George. 2005. West Virginia’s Lost Youth: Appalachian Stereotypes and Residential Preferences. Journal of Geography, vol. 104, no. 2, pp. 74-84.
  • Canterbury, Ronald A., Stover, Dollie M., and Towers, George. 2002. Mountaintop Removal and Valley-Fill Mining Environmental Impact Study: Bird Populations along Edges. State College, PA: US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Enivironmental Protection Agency.
  • Towers, George. 2000. Applying the Political Geography of Scale: Grassroots Strategies and Environmental Justice. The Professional Geographer, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 23-36.
  • Towers, George. 1997. GIS vs. the Community: Siting Power in Southern West Virginia. Applied Geography, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 111-125.
  • Marston, Sallie A., and Towers, George. 1993. Private Spaces and the Politics of Place: Spatioeconomic Restructuring and Community Organizing in Tucson and El Paso. In Mobilizing the Community: Local Politics in the Era of the Global City, eds., Robert Fisher and Joseph Kling, pp. 75-102. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Towers, George. 1992. The Urban Colonias of El Paso, Texas. In Geographical Snapshots of North America, ed., Donald G. Janelle, pp. 65-68. New York: Guilford.
  • Towers, George. 1992. Review of Where North Meets South: Cities, Space and Politics on the U.S. - Mexico Border, by Lawrence Herzog. Contemporary Sociology, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 214-215.
  • Marston, Sallie A., Towers, George, Cadwallader, Martin, and Kirby, Andrew. 1989. The Urban Problematic. In Geography in America, eds. Gary L. Gaille and Cort J. Willmott, pp. 651-672. Columbus, OH: Merrill.
  • DeNiro, Timothy, and Towers, George. 1986. Probable Economic and Social Effects of the Proposed Mt. Graham Facility. Tucson: Drachman Institute for Land and Regional Studies, University of Arizona.


Additional Content

Grants received


Granting Agency: Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County
Grant Program: Welcoming Community Arts & Culture
Title: “Discovering Columbus: The Experience of Women Immigrants.” Amount: $4,003.
Collaborators: Anna Carmon, Douglas Gardner, Matt Rothrock, Brandi Rund, Katherine Wills, and Aimee Zoeller. 


Granting Agency: IUPUI Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor
Grant Program: IUPUI Mentoring Academy
Title: “Career Self-Efficacy Mentoring for Pre-Promotion, Under-Represented Faculty at IUPUC.”
Amount: $9,284
Collaborators: Darrin Carr, Cheryl Crisp, Joan Poulsen, Anibal Torres, and Aimee Zoeller. 


Granting Agency: IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning.
Grant Program: Learning Environments
Title: “IUPUC Women’s Studies Office, Seminar Space, and Resource Area.”
Amount: $20,200.
Collaborator: Aimee Zoeller.


Granting Agency: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
Grant Program: RBA (Regents Bachelors of Arts) Today
Purpose: Development of accelerated, compressed time-frame online courses
Amount: $15,000.
Collaborators: Kathy Hawks, Danette Light, and Thomas McKenna.


Granting Agency: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
Grant Program: RBA Today
Purpose: Development of accelerated, compressed time-frame online courses
Amount $22,000.
Collaborators: Hugh Campbell, Linwood Clayton, and Tracy Luff.


Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Service.
Purpose: To develop a GIS database to support the USDA’s study of grassland and pasture in Appalachia for sustainable forage and livestock production.
Amount: $30,000.
Contracts received


Contracting Agencies: West Virginia Geological Survey for Tax and Revenue and Wyoming County, WV
Purpose: To design and implement computerized parcel mapping procedures for Wyoming County.
Amount: $29,702.
Student collaborators: David Arrington, Sharad Garg, Echols Hylton, and Ed Moore
Gifts received


Donors: Clarence E. Custer and Inez R. Custer Foundation and Walter C. Nugent Foundation
Purpose: Chemistry lab renovation.
Amount $80,600.
Collaborators: Cindy Felsten and James D. Mendez.


Donor: Carl Marshall Reeves and Mildred Almen Reeves Foundation, Inc.,
Purpose: Anatomy lab renovation.
Amount: $50,000.
Collaborators: Cindy Felsten, Barbara Hass-Jacobus, and Matt Springmeyer.


Donor: Carl Marshall Reeves and Mildred Almen Reeves Foundation, Inc.,.
Purpose: Biology lab renovation.
Amount: $49,910.
Collaborators: Cindy Felsten, Barbara Hass-Jacobus, Luke Jacobus, and James Clack

Contact, Address and Additional Links


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Phone: 812.348.7311

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