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 2200
Phone: (970) 351-2372
Fax: (970) 351-2890

Office Hours: TR 1:00 – 2:00 pm or by appointment


A native of the Bay Area, 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 San Francisco. Travel to rural Jamaica and Appalachia convinced him of the value of exploring environmental geography in graduate school. 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 also consults with local school districts and publishers on a variety of geography materials projects. A recent one was writing spatial-thinking activities for Pearson Education’s online interactive-map ancillary for their introductory human geography texts. 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. The CGGE project team has held workshops for geography instructors in Chile, Singapore, India and Japan. Students in Dr. Klein’s Geography of Europe (GEOG 340) course participate regularly in online collaborations with undergraduates in Ireland and other countries. Currently Dr. Klein is seeking to initiate teaching collaborations among A-Level and IB Geography teachers in Britain with AP Human Geography teachers in North America. The project team is also seeking funding to expand the network of educators using this approach to Kenya, China, and Turkey.


Phil lives in Berthoud with his wife Sheri, sons Adam and Luke, and dogs Willie and Jade. There’s a blue fish and a red fish, too. They like to play games, hike and camp, kayak, swim, snowshoe, cook and watch sports. Phil was never planning to take down the “SF Giants World Championship 2010” banner in his office — it had been such a long wait for a Giants fan — and then, much to his eternal surprise and delight, they did it again in 2012 and 2014. So now there are three banners!

(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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