Thomas A. Wikle

Thomas A. Wikle

Associate Dean, Academic Programs

201 Life Sciences East


Thomas Wikle joined the OSU faculty in 1989 and is currently Professor of Geography. As Associate Dean for Academic Programs he oversees curriculum, program development and interdisciplinary programs in the College. Prior to becoming Associate Dean he served as Head of OSU's Department of Geography (1994-2000).

Dr. Wikle's recent research has examined the expansion of wireless telephone networks in the U.S. Since 1989 he has authored or coauthored more than 60 papers, book chapters and other publications appearing in Geographical Review, Professional Geographer, International Journal of Geographical Information Systems, Environmental Management, and American Speech. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and U.S. National Park Service.

Wikle is currently director of the Rural Alliance for Improving Science Education, a $1.8 million project funded by the National Science Foundation pairing OSU graduate students with science teachers in rural school districts. He continues to teach courses in physical geography and the conservation of natural resources and has been recognized by the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award (1996) and the National Council for Geographic Education's Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award (1997). Wikle is certified as a Mapping Scientist by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.