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Lesli Rawlings

Dr. Lesli Rawlings is an associate professor of geography at Wayne State College.

Before teaching at WSC, Dr. Rawlings worked as a graduate teaching assistant for the introduction and advanced GIS courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also has experience working as a real estate title specialist and a certified nursing assistant in the Omaha metropolitan area.

Dr. Rawlings is a member of Association of American Geographers, Gamma Theta Upsilon, Geographic Educators of Nebraska, National Council for Geographic Educators and Pi Gamma Mu. She has also written several articles, made presentations in the area of geography, and contributed to cartographic publications.

She has been the recipient of several grants and was the recipient of the Award of Appreciation by Geographic Educators of Nebraska in December 2014. She also received the Association of American Geographers Applied Geography Specialty Group’s Applied Exercise Award in 2012.

Education

Ph.D., Geography, 2010 - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

M.A., Geography, 2002 - University of Nebraska-Omaha

B.S., Geography, 2000 - University of Nebraska-Omaha

Academic Interests

Dr. Rawlings's research interests include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applied to study local housing markets, public education issues, population decline in rural Nebraska and K-12 education. Her teaching interests are GIS and computer mapping, urban geography, economic geography, world regional geography and geography of Europe.