Department of Geography and Planning

M. Beth Schlemper

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B.A. Geography Program Advisor

Office SM 3031
Phone 419.530.5492
Fax 419.530.7919

Curriculum Vitae

Research Page

Current Project

NSF Project Website: Advancing Geospatial Thinking and Technologies in Grades 9 - 12


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003 – Geography
M.A. University of Missouri-Columbia, 1997 – Geography
B.S. Ed., summa cum laude, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1993 – Social Studies

Research Interests

Dr. Schlemper's research falls into two broad areas: cultural/historical geography and geography education. Exploring a region known as Wisconsin’s Holyand as a case study, she identified the patterns of chain migration that contributed to the emergence of this cultural region in the mid-nineteenth century by engaging in extensive archival research and fieldwork in both the United States and Germany. Based on this research, Schlemper developed a conceptual model related to the construction and maintenance of regional identity and borders that can be applied by researchers to other regions.

Another major area of research for Dr. Schlemper is geography education, including higher education and grades 7-12. These efforts have been collaborative and funded by the National Science Foundation. She is also working in the area of the scholarship of teaching and learning in Human Geography at the undergraduate level.

She has published articles in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Geographical Review, Journal of Geography, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Cultural Geography, Journal of Historical Geography, Theory & Research in Social Education, and Urban Education. In addition, she has published book chapters in edited volumes, such as in Aspiring Academics: A Resource Guide for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty, Spatial Citizenship Education: Citizenship Through Geography, and Wisconsin Germans Land and Life

Current Project

I am currently working on the NSF project: Advancing Geospatial Thinking and Technologies in Grades 9-12: Citizen Mapping, Community Engagement, and Career Preparation in STEM 


GEPL 1010 - Human Geography
GEPL 2010 - Fundamentals of Geography
GEPL 2040 - World Regional Geography
GEPL 3030 - Geography of Europe
GEPL 4040/5040 - Geography Education Strategies
GEPL 4810/5810 - Political Geography
GEPL 6150 - Research Methods

Last Updated: 5/5/23