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Department of Public Policy Leadership
University of Mississippi
Dr. David Rutherford
Associate Professor; Executive Director, Mississippi Geographic Alliance
111 Odom Hall
(662) 915-1337

Office Hours: T’s & Th’s 11:00 – Noon & 2:00 – 3:00, or by appointment

B.A. in geography, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. in geography, California State University, Fullerton; Ph.D. in geography and geographic education, Texas State University, San Marcos

Specialization: Geography and major forces of change in the contemporary world

Dr. Rutherford teaches about the diverse peoples, places, environments and processes of change in the contemporary world so that students will be better prepared to exercise leadership and informed decision making at local, national, and global levels.

Dr.Rutherford’s broad background in research and teaching in geography covers physical, human, regional, technical and educational components of the discipline, and his specialty is in education policy related to geography at both K-12 and university levels. Dr. Rutherford is executive director of the Mississippi Geographic Alliance, which works to strengthen K-12 geographic education throughout the Magnolia State and is headquartered at The University of Mississippi. Dr. Rutherford’s professional employment has included visitor service and resource management positions in state and national parks, outdoor education, and teaching geography and earth science at the secondary level.