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Dr. Thomas R. Mueller


  • B.S.: Geography, Towson University
  • M.A.: Geography, University of Connecticut
  • Ph.D.: Geography, University of Illinois


  • Introduction to Geography
  • Demographic Analysis
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Emergency Management
  • Disaster Vulnerability Assessment
  • Developing the Master Plan
  • Crime Mapping
  • Internships

Research Interests

Dr. Mueller's research agenda has grown dramatically throughout his career at Cal U. He often applies spatial theory to the real world, particularly using Geographic Information Systems. His key to building a successful research agenda is to produce work through a variety of scholarly endeavors, including conference presentations, grants, technical reports, book reviews and publications in professional journals.

He also attends and participates in workshops and classes. He has taken web-based courses and attended workshops in order to keep up with the ever-changing world of GIS, particularly new GIS software and applications. He also has taught numerous GIS workshops for members of the local community, professor at Cal U and other campuses, and for the K-12 community.

Student Research Projects

  • Crime mapping for Uniontown, Johnstown and Connellsville
  • GIS Applications in Alumni
  • River Alert Information Network and GIS
  • HAZUS incorporation into local emergency management offices. HAZUS (abbreviation for HAZards United States) is a GIS-based natural hazard loss estimation software package

Service-learning Projects

  • Director of Peter J. Daley Geo-Technology Institute
  • Principal investigator and co-director, Pennsylvania View, 2007-present
  • President, Urban Regional Information Systems Association, Central Appalachian Chapter
  • Director, Cal U's Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium
  • Coordinator, 3 Rivers HAZUS User Group
  • Board member and vice president, Pennsylvania Mapping and Geographic Information Consortium (PAMAGIC), 2007-present
  • Board member, River Alert Information Network, 2007-present
  • Consultant, National Institute for Justice, 2007-present
  • Research associate, GIS Research and Education Center, 2006-present

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Earth Science

Academic Program(s)

  • M.A. Tourism Planning and Development
  • Post Bach. Cert. in Tourism Planning and Development
  • B.A. Geography
  • B.S. Geology
  • B.A. Jurisprudence with Concentration in Land Management (Online)
  • Certificate in Land Management (Online)

Contact Information



Eberly Hall 207


"One of the great things about this University is the idea that teaching always comes first. In fact, this was one of the major reasons for choosing California University of Pennsylvania in my job search. However, I also realize the importance of scholarly activities and research. Both research and service play key roles in my professional development and contribute directly to my success in the classroom. I am proud of my achievements in all three areas and my contributions to the University."

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