I’ve been a part of the faculty in Penn State’s online Certificate and Masters of GIS programs since January of 2003.
I currently teach two of our courses : Geography 897D: Spatial Database Management for Geospatial Professionals, and Geography 484: GIS Database Development.
I used to teach Geography 482: The Nature of Geographic Information, but it’s main author, David DiBiase, has recently put it through a major revision (it is now called Geography 482: Making Maps that Matter with GIS) and I am conducting my efforts in other directions.
Speaking of which, I’m currently involved in a revision of our cartography course – Geography 486: Cartography and Visualization.
I started learning GIS in the early 90s because we wanted to put shaded relief imagery behind some of the thematic maps we were producing in the Deasy Geographics lab in the Department of Geography at Penn State. Shortly thereafter I was teaching GIS in several contexts within the Department of Geography: a course built around the Esri Arc/INFO software (now called ArcGIS for Desktop – Advanced) back when it was a command line interface; the graduate student section of the introductory GIS course; and a course based in Penn State’s map library.
I also spent from 1998 through 2002 teaching GIS and cartography in the Department of Geography at the University of Florida.