Phil Klein

adam luke Department of Geography & GIS
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box 115
Greeley, Colorado 80639

Office: Candelaria 2080
Phone: (970) 351-2372
Fax: (970) 351-2890


A native of San Francisco, Dr. Klein earned his B.A. in Environmental Planning at the University of California, Santa Cruz (fiat slug!). After college, he served a several-years’ sentence working for banks in downtown SF. Travel to rural Jamaica and Appalachia reawakened his interest in environmental geography. He got his M.A. from UCLA, specializing in soils geography, where his experiences as a TA convinced him to pursue the doctorate. His Ph.D. is from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a focus in geography education.

Since coming to UNC in 1997, Dr. Klein’s research has primarily been in instructional materials design and the internationalization of geography teaching and learning. He has also consulted with local school districts and publishers on a variety of geography educational materials projects. Secondary interests include the intersection of cultural and political geographies, particularly contemporary issues related to place identity. 

Since 2007, Dr. Klein has been co-director of the Association of American Geographers’ Center for Global Geography Education (CGGE). This NSF-funded project comprises six modules, designed so that undergraduates or advanced secondary students in different countries can engage in online collaborative activities, contrasting their local experiences with different global issues. See the CGGE website here. Students in the Geography of Europe (GEOG 340) course engage in online collaborations with college students in Europe. Currently Dr. Klein is participating in the Geo-Capabilities project, an international teacher professional development initiative led by the European Association of Geographers.

Phil lives in Berthoud with his wife Sheri, sons Adam and Luke, and dogs Willie and Jade. There’s a red fish, too. They like to hike and camp, kayak, swim, snowshoe, cook, play games, and watch sports. A visit to Dr. Klein’s office will let you know where his sports loyalties remain, despite having now lived in Colorado just about as long as he lived in the Bay Area.


(Picture above: Adam and Luke straddling the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, April 2014)
(Picture below: Jade and Willie, Red Feather Lakes, January 2014)

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