Melvin Johnson

Melvin Johnson

Assistant Professor

Office: Hillside 206
Classroom/Lab: Hillside 204
(920) 683.4729

I am an Assistant Professor of Geography at UW-Manitowoc where I have taught since the fall of 2011. I have a bachelor's degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University majoring in geography with minor in biology, a master's of business administration (concentration Human Resources Management) from the Keller Graduate School of Management, a master's degree in anthropology from Wichita State University, and a doctorate in human geography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During graduate school, I taught at three community colleges, two universities, and four private liberal arts colleges. Prior to going back to school, I worked as a geographer and water resources planner with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for 14 years. I developed environmental impact statements, feasibility reports, manage cultural resources contracts, and served as an oversight officer for a district's planning projects. As part of that experience I was able help train generals on the proper way to testify before Senate and Congressional committees.

At UW-Manitowoc we are fortunate to have a Geo Club which has sponsored field trips, pumpkin painting, Geography Bowls, guest speakers, and geography related game and trivia activities. Please feel free to come join us, we love to have new members.

My wife and I started a computer consulting and training business while living in Chicago. I am a member of the Association of American Geographers, the National Council for Geographic Education, the Wisconsin Geographical Society, the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges, and the American Anthropological Association. I served as a moderator for the 2013 World Geography Bowl and a judge for the 2014 World Geography bowl. I participate in the College Board's Annual Advanced Placement (AP) reading in human geography.

My primary areas of research and teaching interest are water resources development, long-term economic effects of large scale development projects, and the geography of Multiple Sclerosis. Pedagogically, I am developing curricula for physical geography, world regional geography, cartography, remote sensing, and GIS. During 2014 and 2015 I am participating in the IGETT/NCGE Remote Sensing Institute with training at EROS space center and Goddard space center.


B.A. Nebraska Wesleyan University
M.B.A. Keller Graduate Institute of Management
M.A. Wichita State University
Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln