He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi where he also serves as Executive Director of the Mississippi Geographic Alliance. His undergraduate and masters degrees are in geography, and he earned his Ph.D. in geographic education from Texas State University. Rutherford’s broad background in research and teaching in geography covers physical, human, regional, techniques, and educational components of the discipline. The current focus of his teaching and research is on major forces of change in the contemporary world.
David Rutherford, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Geography
Executive Director Mississippi Geographic Alliance
105 Odom Hall
University, MS 38677
Mississippi Geographic Alliance: 662.915.3776
Rutherford, D. J. and E. T. Weber. In Press. Ethics and Environmental Policy. In Chen, W.-Y, J. Seiner, T. Suzuki, M. Lackner (Eds.), Handbook of Climate Change Mitigation. Springer.
Rutherford, D. J. 2011. The Northern Channel Islands: A sanctuary in nature amid the Southern California Megalopolis. Focus on Geography 54(4); 137-151.
Elbow, G. S., D. J. Rutherford, and C. Shearer (eds.). 2011. Geographic Literacy in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities in the NCLB Era. Washington D.C.: National Council for Geographic Education.
Rutherford, D.J. and R. G. Boehm. 2011. Ensuring rigorous geography content in the K-12 curriculum: Standards implementation in the states, In Elbow, G.S., D. J. Rutherford, and C. Shearer (eds.). 2011. Geographic Literacy in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities in the NCLB Era. Washington D.C.: National Council for Geographic Education, pp 25-32.
Rutherford, David J. 2010. Approaches for Increasing and Improving Pre-service Teacher Competence,Confidence, and Effectiveness in the Teaching and Learning of Geography. Research in Geographic Education 12(2): 16-33.
Rutherford, David J. 2006. Fundamentalist belief systems and increasing cultural polarisation: The United States and the World. In, J. Lidstone ed. Cultural Issues of Our Time, 131-144. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.