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Courtney, Richard S.

Courtney, Richard S.

Dept Chair
Graduate Center 104
  • Biography
    I am originally from Burbank, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley. After I graduated from Burbank High School, I attended college at California State University, Northridge where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in Earth Science with a Minor in Geology. The course of study I pursued while at CSUN was very broad indeed. Earth Science offered me the opportunity to study widely in the physical sciences. Upon graduation, I decided to continue to study at CSUN and in an area that would allow me to study a wide variety of subjects, Geography. I developed an interest in urban systems dynamics while in the Master's program at CSUN. I earned my Master's Degree (with distinction) in Geography. My Master's Thesis is titled, "Urban System Development Trends in the Upper Midwest: 1900-1980." In my thesis I employ multiple quantitative techniques of analysis. My interest in urban systems dynamics carried over to my Doctoral studies at The Ohio State University. My dissertation is titled, "A Spatio-temporo-hierarchical Model of Urban System Population Dynamics: A Case Study of the Upper Midwest." In the dissertation I employ Casetti's Expansion Method to redefine a rank-size model into a 27 parameter equation capable of identifying spatial, temporal, and hierarchical dimensions of population redistribution that I use to study the urban system of the Upper Midwest.
    I joined the Department of Geography at Kutztown University of PA in the fall of 1993. I currently teach Introductory Physical Geography, Urban Geography, Cartography, and Research Methods. I was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor effective Fall 2001. I have served as Department Chair since 2008.
  • Degrees
    Ph.D. Geography, The Ohio State University 1993
    M.A. Geography (with distinction), California State University, Northridge 1989
    B.A. Earth Science (cum laude), California State University, Northridge 1986