Kevin Kane

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ISU Affiliated Unit Links:
College of Design
ISU GIS Facility
Landscape Architecture

Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Iowa Gap Analysis
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

GIS Links:
About GIS
GIS Glossary

Coordinating Groups:
Iowa GIS Council (IGIC)
Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR)

MidAmerica GIS Consortium (MAGIC)
University Consortium for GIS (UCGIS)
National States GI Council (NSGIC)


Associate Dean for Research and Outreach, College of Design, Iowa State University
* Associate Director, Institute for Design Research and Outreach (IDRO)

Director, ISU Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Landscape Architecture
Graduate Faculty Member
* Research Collaborator, Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

126 CoD, Iowa State University (College of Design)
219 Durham Center, Iowa State University (GIS Facility)
Ames, IA 50011


You've reached the webpage of Kevin Kane, associate dean for research and outreach in the College of Design at Iowa State University. My current responsibilities include research and outreach administration and support of College of Design faculty, staff, and students including leadership of the Institue for Design Research and Outreach (IDRO).

In addition, I serve as the director of the ISU Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Facility, responsible for providing high level GIS research and teaching laboratories and resources to students, faculty and staff across the university. The GIS Facility provides GIS consultation, collaboration, education and outreach within ISU colleges and departments as well as coordination with GIS professionals and projects across the state of Iowa, regionally, and nationally.

I am an adjunct assistant professor in the department of Landscape Architecture (LA) at ISU. I have taught landscape modeling, spatial analysis, and the graduate GIS seminar; GIS workshops for faculty, graduate students, and public agencies; and mentor graduate students working with natural resources and GIS in their degree programs and with the university GIS Certificate. I have served as a research collaborator in the Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology and Management while co-directing the aquatic and terrestrial Gap Analysis projects.

I recieved my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2007 with Dr. John Schuh serving as my advisor. My dissertation topic, "University academic professional staff: Augmenting traditional faculty teaching, advising, and research roles" focused on work roles and policies across the higer education organization. I have also studied water and fisheries resources as a graduate student with Dr. Clay Pierce. I am a past president of the Professional and Scientific Council at ISU and have worked in many service leadership roles across the university, within the state of Iowa, and nationally.

In 1986 I completed my Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree after bachelor's degrees in Landscape Architecture and Outdoor Recreation Planning at ISU in 1982. My master's work in LA focused on research on GIS, remote sensing, and natural resources, and outdoor recreation with Paul Anderson as my advisor. In 1985 I joined the Iowa Department of Natural Resources working as the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation (SCORP) planner then as the DNR's GIS Coordinator and the department's continuous quality improvement coordinator. During that time I also taught introductory and advanced GIS courses as an adjunct faculty member in the Geography and Geology department at Drake University in Des Moines from 1993-98.

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