About the Center for Spatial Studies

Opened on July 1, 2014, the Center for Spatial Studies helps integrate spatial thinking and technologies into instruction, research, and service to the University and community at large. Additionally, with its expertise in spatial analysis, programming, project management, and fund development, the CSS also supports the efforts of faculty to secure sponsored projects that contribute to scholarship and instruction at the University.

The Center for Spatial Studies:

  • administers University site licenses for Esri desktop and online software projects;
  • collaborates on database design, normalization, and implementation.
  • collaborates with and serves as a liaison to Esri regarding use of its software on campus and elsewhere
  • collaborates with and serves as a liaison to ITS regarding technology needs and solutions to support the University’s spatial curriculum and research initiatives.
  • conducts and provides opportunities for faculty professional development in areas related to use of spatial technologies in teaching and research;
  • creates, converts, aggregates, and compiles data as needed for spatial projects and instruction at the University;
  • creates, manages, and maintains a spatial data repository for use by faculty and students;
  • designs and builds custom desktop and web-based applications to support spatial instruction, research, and outreach at the University;
  • expand outreach to enhance the University’s visibility to communities, businesses, and professional organizations involved with spatial curriculum and research;
  • instructs and supports students, faculty, and staff in the use, extension, and customization of Center-supported software and tools;
  • manages spatial research and instruction projects;
  • manages the Esri ArcGIS online Organization subscription and related applications (BAO, CAO, GeoPlanner,etc.);
  • provides opportunities for faculty and students to engage in spatial research and instruction as collaborators and interns;
  • provides technical leadership, consultation, and support for spatial curriculum and research projects especially in the areas of architecture and development of database, tool, and application solutions;
  • publicizes accomplishments of the CSS to the University community and external stakeholders;
  • raises and administers funds to support spatial endeavors at the University; and
  • supports and consults in the development of spatial courses and curriculum across the University.