Robert B. McMaster is Professor of Geography and Vice Provost and Dean of
Undergraduate Education at the University of Minnesota. He has also served as
Associate Dean for Planning in the College of Liberal Arts, Chair of the
Department of Geography, Director of Undergraduate Studies in geography, and as
a member of the Council for Liberal Education.
McMaster has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in cartography, GIS, spatial analysis and quantitative methods, and physical geography for nearly twenty-five years. His research interests include automated generalization, environmental risk assessment, GIS and society, and the history of U.S. academic cartography. Recently, he completed a five-year NSF funded project to develop the “National Historical Geographic Information System”.
He has also served numerous national and international geography organizations, including the Association of American Geographers, the International Cartographic Association, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society, and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. He was recently appointed to a three-year term on the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee.
McMaster received a B.A. from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Geography and Meteorology from the University of Kansas. He has held previous appointments at UCLA and Syracuse University.