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Dr. Joel Helmer

Athletics, Department of History, Geography, and Criminal Justice

Professor of Geography, Social Sciences Department Chair, Head Trap & Skeet Coach

Dr. Joel Helmer Athletics, Department of History, Geography, and Criminal Justice

Professor of Geography, Social Sciences Department Chair, Head Trap & Skeet Coach

Joel began his career at Concordia in 2007 as an assistant professor of geography and advanced in rank to full professor in 2012.  Prior to coming to Concordia, he served as a visiting assistant professor of geography at Oklahoma State University and was the Project Coordinator for the Rural Alliance for Improving Science Education (RAISE).  Helmer is a member of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE), Gamma Theta Upsilon, and the National Geographic Society.

In addition to teaching, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, reading, and travel.  Since 2014 Helmer has also served as the Coach of Concordia’s Trap & Skeet Team.

He and his wife Holly reside in Seward with their three children; Will, Harrison, and Hannah.

Education

Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
M.A. Geography, University of Akron
B.S. Education, Concordia University

Courses Taught:

    • Introduction to Human Geography
    • World Regional Geography
    • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    • Advanced Geographic Information Systems
    • Environmental Science
    • Urban Geography
    • Geography of North America
    • Physical Geography and Geology
    • Geography of Asia
    • Resource Management in the National Parks
    • Geography of Sports and Outdoor Recreation
    • Introduction to GPS
    • Concepts of Environmental Health

Publications and Presentations:

“Drones: An Emerging Technology,” 2015, Tec21 Workshop, Concordia University, Seward, NE.

“Exurban Development Associated with a National Wildlife Refuge - Implications for Deer Hunting and Management,” Matthew D. Ross, Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), Marrett Grund - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Larry Williams - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Levi Shinn, Joel W. Helmer - Concordia University, Anne Sittauer - Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, 2013, Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting, Greenville, SC.

“Student-Centered Learning via Cloud Computing,” 2013, Technology EDGE Conference, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.

Helmer, Joel W. and Levi Shinn. “Mapping Nebraska’s Record Book Bucks,” NEBRASKAland, August/September, 2012, vol. 90, no. 7, pgs. 34-37.

“Creating Virtual Tours in Google Earth,” 2012, Technology EDGE Conference, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.

Helmer, Joel W. and Nick Bloch. “Teaching Geography in the Blogosphere,” The Geography Teacher, 2010, vol. 7, no. 2, pgs. 73-76.

"Screen Time Nation: And the Need for Fieldwork in Geography," 2009, Geography General Seminar, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

“Integrating Service-Learning into a Geography Field Course at Concordia University, Nebraska,” Amanda Broberg, Nick Bloch, Kraig Hein, Jacob Lias, Joel W. Helmer, 2009, National Council for Geographic Education, Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Integrating Agricultural Science into Middle School, High School, and Alternative School Science Curriculums,” Justin Moss and Joel W. Helmer, 2007, International Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), New Orleans, LA.

“Integrating GISci Technology into the K-12 Curriculum through Community-based Projects,” Joel W. Helmer and Thomas A. Wikle, 2007, Geography in the Americas: Collaboration on Research and Education, La Serena, Chile.

“Walk Right In: The Origin and Diffusion of State Funded Private Land Access Programs in the United States,” 2007, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Head Trap & Skeet Coach

Joel is a National Rifle Association certified Shotgun Level I coach.

He enjoys hunting, fishing, the shotgun sports, camping, and traveling.  Helmer is an official scorer for the Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young Clubs, a Seward County Izaak Walton League board member, and a freelance outdoor writer. He is also the advisor for the Concordia Outdoor Club, a student organization.