Associate Professor of Geography
Dr. Brad Huff
Spring Semester, 2019
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M.A., Columbia Theological Seminary
B.A., University of West Florida
Dr. Brad Huff received his Ph.D. in Geography from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) in 2012. He earned his M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary (Atlanta, GA) in 1979. His dissertation, “The Cultural Landscape Analysis of the Domain-Centered Place-Based Community of Ave Maria, Florida”, combined a theoretical approach of cultural landscape analysis with a mixed-methods research approach to study Ave Maria, Florida which he argued was usefully understood as a place-based community of practice.
Dr. Huff’s research studies the effects of spatial design on aspects of social, economic, and cultural performances within urban areas. His current research continues to focus on mixed-methods cultural landscape analysis of communities of practice. He is also exploring "Naive Geography" (the largely informal geography you learn in the course of living your life) with a particular interest in ludology (the formal study of gaming, particularly video gaming). His current research assess how spatial interactions within immersive role playing games are modeled (for example, is distance cost modified based upon uphill verses downhill verses over flat terrain).
Dr. Huff currently offers classes in geographic information systems and sciences (Introduction to GIS, Intermediate GIS, Advanced GIS, GIS Internships, a GIS modules class, and GIS directed studies) and in World regional Geographies.
Dr. Huff created and manages the GIS Certificate Program. The Program is a standalone certificate, meaning that people outside the university can register for it as well as current students.
News from the Certification Program includes:
- A total of six students have completed the certification program as of May 2018. Five are pursuing graduate degrees. Four are in GIS positions (several are both working and pursing their graduate degrees).
- In 2018, the program grew to ten students.
- For the first time, in 2018 three people from the community returned to CSU with the expressed purpose of pursing their GIS certification.
Finally, in October 2018, the Department acquired its second drone. This is a fifth generation DJI drone, a Mavic 2 Pro. Dr. Huff is currently working with one of his certification students to integrate the use of the drone into the Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced GIS curricula.