Joseph Stoltman

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Joseph Stoltman
Professor of Geography and Mallinson Institute for Science Education and Ph.D. Dissertation Advisor for Earth Science Education
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3525 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5424
Mailing address: 
Department of Geography
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5424 USA
  • Ph.D., Geographical Education, University of Georgia, 1971
  • M.A., Geography, University of Chicago, 1968
  • B.A., Geography, Central Washington University, 1962
Research interests: 
  • Geographic education

Dr. Joseph Stoltman is a professor in the Department of Geography and the Mallinson Institute for Science Education.

At WMU since 1971, Stoltman is:

  • Editor of Research in Geographic Education, published in the United States.
  • Co-editor of International Research in Geography and Environmental Education, published in the United Kingdom.

He was a member of the design and development team and evaluator for Activities and Readings in the Geography of the United States and Activities and Resources for the Geography of the World, both National Science Foundation-supported projects of the Association of American Geographers.

Research includes the analysis and mapping of the impact of content standards and statewide assessment on geography inclusion and student geography achievement in Michigan. Beginning in 1997, baseline data were collected by survey from Michigan school districts regarding their instructional programs in geography. The state of Michigan content standards were introduced in 1998 and the initial statewide testing of students in geography at the fourth, eighth and 11th grades began in February 1999.

He has worked with Dr. Lisa DeChano-Cook on a project to design a Michigan Land Use Module for elementary social and science instruction (funded in 2003 by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality). In addition, Stoltman has been a development team member for Global Voyager, an 11-program video series on world geography produced by the Agency for Instructional Technology in Bloomington, Indiana. He directs the Master of Arts in teaching geography program.

Stoltman has been awarded honors for his scholarly and professional work in geographic education by the:

He is a Fellow of the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education.