Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Geography
Jon Kilpinen ’88 joined the Valparaiso faculty in 1992 as an instructor in geography. He served as chair of the Department of Geography and Meteorology from 2000 to 2006 and became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2006.
Kilpinen’s interests include American historical geography, Europe, political geography, and GIS. He teaches courses in American Ethnic Geography, Natural Hazards, Political Geography, and Historical Geography of the United States. He has been awarded several grants and has published articles on U.S. cultural and political geography. He also coauthored “The Mountain West,” which won the Pioneer America Society’s Fred Kniffen Award in 1997 as the best book published in the field of American material-culture studies.
M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin