Faculty Profile

Environmental Studies Faculty

Richard Kujawa, PhD

Professor of Geography | Coordinator of the Minor in Human Geography

M.A., Ph.D. University of Iowa
B.Sc. Brunel University, London

Courses I Teach:

  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Political Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • The Geography of Water
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Studies
  • Urban and Regional Planning

My Saint Michael's:

In my classes, advising and in the human geography program, one-on-one contact is encouraged. I encourage students to present their findings to external audiences and professional conferences. I help students with graduate school applications (especially those in Urban and Regional Planning). In the past few years, I have helped Saint Michael's graduates successfully apply to Cornell, Rutgers, SUNY-Albany, Kansas State University, the University of Iowa and several others. I also have some connections for internships in the local area.

Hands down, my favorite thing about this college is the class sizes. At Saint Mike's I am able to shorten the distance between my role as faculty member and expert, and my role as motivator and mentor. I see part of my job as a salesperson for the power of intellectual growth and lifelong learning. I work hard each and every day to make the sale!

Research Interests:

Globalization and global governance, water, environmental policy, urban and rural landscapes, sustainability.

Richard Kujawa, professor of geography, received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the New England-Saint Lawrence Valley Geographical Society at its annual meeting at Bishops University in Quebec. Richard was particularly recognized for his work representing the organization on the National Council of the American Association of Geographers.  He also presented a paper at the meeting and chaired the session focused on “Geography, Maps and Education.”  The paper, entitled “Cloud-based Geographic Information Systems and Effective Spatial Pedagogies: An Exploration in the Liberal Arts,” included student maps and graphics from the Saint Michael's College geography course Maps and Mash-Ups.
(posted November 2016)

Richard Kujawa, professor of geography and chair of the Department of Economics and Geography, presented in a panel session focused on “The role of geography in nexus thinking: Becoming institutional and community leaders while defending the discipline!" at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in San Francisco, CA.  He also finished out his term as the elected representative from the New England and Saint Lawrence Valley region to the Council of the AAG.  Richard also served as the elected Chair for all Regional Representatives on the AAG Council for this year.
(posted June 2016)

Laura Stroup, and Richard Kujawa, assistant professor of environmental studies,, professor of geography, and Jeffrey Ayres, professor of political science and dean of the College, recently published the article “ Envisioning a Green Energy Future in Canada and the United States: Constructing a Sustainable Future in the Context of New Regionalisms?” in American Review of Canadian Studies, Volume 45,  Issue 3, 2015: Special Issue:   The “Nature” of Canadian Studies in the United States.
(posted January 2016)

Richard Kujawa, professor of geography, in October 2015 was a panelist discussing “The Roles and Value of Academics in Local Government” at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the New England-Saint Lawrence Valley Geographical Society in Bridgewater, MA. Richard also created web page and web video (See page and embedded video at http://www.uvm.edu/~crvt/?Page=news&storyID=21840&category=crvt) on “Land Trusts & Conservation Easements” for the Center for Research on Vermont.
(posted January 2016)

Richard Kujawa, professor of Geography, presented the paper “Critical Pedagogies of Environmental Governance: Coal Ash, Waste, and Discourses of Environmental Justice in the Liberal Arts classroom,” at the national conference of the Association of American Geographers held in Chicago in April, 2015.  He continues his term as the elected representative for the New England and Saint Lawrence Valley region on the National Council of the Association.

(posted April 2015)

Richard Kujawa, professor of geography, Economics Department chair and human geography minor coordinator, Laura Stroup, assistant professor of environmental studies; and Jeff Ayres, professor of political science and dean of the College, have had the following paper accepted for publication: “Envisioning a Green Energy Future in Canada and the United States” in a Special Issue of American Review of Canadian Studies on the Place of Nature in Canadian Studies in the U.S.  The paper is slated for volume 45.3 (Fall 2015).
(posted April 2015)

Richard Kujawa, professor of geography and chair of the Economics & Geography Department, has been engaged in collaborative research with Saint Michael’s graduate Patrick Crannell ’12. In addition to regular employment, Patrick, who graduated with a Human Geography minor and majored in English, has devoted regular blocks of time to the shared project which focused on an important regional and global environmental issue.  Experimenting with the use of the online information management software Zotero, they have developed an annotated index of media and other resources focused on end of life disposal and geographical destinations of electronic devices or e-waste.  They presented their paper “Poverty or Poison: Discourses of Environmental Justice in the Evolving Geographies of Electronic Waste” at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in a special session focused on approaches to environmental justice. The conference was held in Tampa, Florida in early April.  The conference also provided an opportunity for Patrick to meet with faculty and graduate students from an array of Geography programs in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  Richard continues his service to the organization as the elected representative of the New England-Saint Lawrence Valley region to the national Council of the AAG.  He also has been informed that his entry on Urban Managerialism has been reviewed and accepted for inclusion in The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology to be jointly published by Wiley and the AAG.
(posted August 2014)

Richard Kujawa, professor of geography, has been elected as the New England-Saint Lawrence Valley Geography Society representative to the National Council of the Association of American Geographers. In March, Richard participated in a professional development workshop "Discovering Community: Digital Media, Ethnography and Place-Based Learning" sponsored by the Vermont Folklife Center. Richard has been selected as one of the faculty participants in the NSF-funded InTeGrate program workshop "Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches" to be held at Carleton College in Minnesota in April.

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