Faculty and Staff

The faculty of Valparaiso University’s geography and meteorology department bring extraordinary commitment and expertise to ensuring students’ success. Every professor in the geography and meteorology program at Valpo holds the highest degree in his or her field.

Teresa Bals Elsholz

Teresa Bals-Elsholz, Ph.D. Professor of Meteorology and Chair, Department of Geography & Meteorology 219.464.6003 Dynamic and synoptic meteorology, tropical systems, Southern Hemisphere weather, CoCoRaHS.

Jon Kilpinen

Jon Kilpinen, Ph.D. Professor of Geography and Dean, College of Arts & Sciences American historical geography and environmental history, Europe, political geography, GIS.

Bart Wolf

Bart Wolf, Ph.D. Professor of Meteorology Large- and small-scale forecasting, severe storms, thermodynamics.

Mike Longan

Michael Longan, Ph.D. Professor of Geography Cultural geography, urban geography and planning, communication geography, rural geography, landscape, neighborhood and community activism, cyberspace, East Asia.

Craig Clark

Craig Clark, Ph.D. Professor of Meteorology Boundary layer meteorology, climatology, lake effect snow.

Bharath Ganesh Babu

Bharath Ganesh Babu, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Geography Globalization and the Environment, Remote Sensing and GIS for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis, Cartographic Design.

Kevin Goebbert

Kevin Goebbert, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Meteorology Synoptic Meteorology and Forecasting, Numerical Weather Prediction, and Meteorological Computer Applications, Climate Change.

Jon Paul McCool

Jon Paul McCool, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Geography (Pronouns: he/him/his) Geoarchaeology, Soils, Biorhexistasy Theory, African Humid Period, Sudan, North Africa, Geographic Information Systems, Earth Systems Science, Fluvial & Aeolian Sediment Transport, Anthropogenic Modification of Soil & Sediment Systems.


Adam Stepanek, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Meteorology Aviation meteorology, Synoptic-dynamic meteorology, Mesoscale meteorology, Weather forecasting problems, Operational meteorology, Meteorological computing, Space weather, Military meteorology.

Rusta Ault

Rusta Ault Administrative Assistant 219.464.5140 Computer programming, Departmental data management, Budget management, Student support.

John Lawson, Ph.D. Staff Meteorologist Meteorology, Predictability and Chaos, Information Theory, Complexity Science.