Richard E. McCluskey

Dr. Richard E. McCluskey

Department Chair
Associate Professor of Geography
Office: 103 AH
Phone: (616) 632-2192

B.S. - 1984 Michigan State University, M.S. - 1987 The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. - 1995 The Pennsylvania State University

Professor McCluskey arrived in the geography department in the fall semester of 1999. Before coming to Aquinas, he taught at the State University of New York at Geneseo and was a researcher for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. While in Washington (1997-99), he was the geographer for the Washington Household Needs Assessment Survey. This project was a complex and comprehensive survey of alcohol and drug use by citizens in the State of Washington. Here at Aquinas, he is responsible for teaching many of the human and cultural geography courses offered by the department and specializes in economic, industrial, and urban geography. His interests include the economic and geographic restructuring of the automobile industry, the historical geography of immigrant groups in the U.S., and survey research encompassing a variety of social and economic topics.
James Rasmussen

Dr. James Rasmussen

Assistant Professor of Geography

Office: 104 AH

Phone: (616) 632-2180


Jim Rasmussen was born in Flint, Michigan and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 2000. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography from the University of Michigan-Flint, and his Masters of Science in Earth Science from Montana State University. Dr. Rasmussen taught and conducted field research at the University of Florida under the 2003 Alumni Graduate Fellowship, and also served as Assistant Professor of Geography at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Rasmussen is a physical geographer and geomorphologist who is passionate about teaching and specializes in field based research. He has led students into the high country of the Northern Rocky Mountains and the forested swamps of Southeastern Coastal Plain. His interests include: cycling, paddling, and the eating habits of biting insects.

Mary Clinthorne

Dr. Mary Clinthorne

GIS Lab Director

Office: 102 AH

Phone: (616) 632-8900, ext. 3071


Dr. Clinthorne holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kansas, focusing on geographic techniques (GIS, cartography, & remote sensing).  She has previously held academic appointments at The University of Memphis and Western Michigan University. Dr. Clinthorne has presented at national and regional conferences, and she has published in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation and in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing.  At Aquinas, Dr. Clinthorne teaches Cartography, Geographic Information Systems, and World Regional Geography.


Adjunct Faculty

Paul Bieneman