USGIF Appoints New Director of Academic Programs

USGIF Appoints New Director of Academic Programs

July 3, 2017

USGIF appointed Dr. Camelia Kantor, formerly an associate professor of geography at Claflin University in South Carolina, as its new director of academic programs effective July 3.

Kantor joins USGIF with nine years of experience in college level teaching, course development, and research in addition to four years of K-12 teaching in the U.S. and abroad.

“While it took USGIF some time to fill our director of academic programs position, our patience was rewarded in the hiring of Dr. Camelia Kantor,” said USGIF CEO Keith Masback. “Camelia brings a deep academic background in geography combined with substantial passion for learning and discovery, including an absolute buy-in to the unique interdisciplinary approach required to convey GEOINT in an academic setting. We can’t wait to have her fully on board and applying her skills and energy to advance the Foundation’s academic programs."

At Claflin, Kantor designed, secured funding for, and implemented modern and innovative geography curricula that gained her recognition among the Association of American Geographer’s, which presented her with the 2017 Dr. Helen Ruth Aspaas SAGE Innovator award.

“I am excited to join the world’s leading organization in furthering the GEOINT tradecraft at a critical moment in which GEOINT is evolving beyond its military roots to gain significant momentum as a multidisciplinary and inter-institutional approach to problem-solving,” Kantor said. “I hope to continue to grow USGIF’s already well-established Collegiate Accreditation program and to ensure future GEOINT professionals are well equipped to not only perform on the job, but also to be well rounded and capable of leading their communities through their high ethics, technical and communication skills, and wisdom.”

Kantor holds a Ph.D. in geography from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania as well as a master’s degree in regional planning with a concentration in border conflicts, a master’s of business administration, and a master’s degree in educational administration.

Her most recent projects have involved undergraduate student training in the geosciences and geospatial intelligence as well as faculty interdisciplinary training in Earth sciences, both funded by the National Science Foundation.


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