Julio Rivera is concerned with helping students understand and research “Big Data” problems and applying different methodologies to their work. The area of data analytics he focuses on is “Location Intelligence and Business Geographics” as he integrates a variety of analytic tools in his teaching including Geographic Information Science (GIS), visualization techniques, statistical packages, and spreadsheet programs. He brings the Business Geographics approach to his courses in Marketing, Statistics, GIS, Economic Geography, Data Analytics, and Visualization and challenges students to solve problems rather than memorize answers.
His current research focuses on the variation of real estate values in suburban communities examining how different built environments enhance the values of homes. This project is an extension of the work he did during a sabbatical at the Global Institute for Sustainability at Arizona State University, examining trends in housing development of the urban fringe in the Phoenix metropolitan area. He has directed numerous undergraduate student senior thesis projects, many of which were presented at regional and national conferences.
Rivera was the recipient of the 2002 Carthage College Distinguished Teaching Award. He traveled frequently with students to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, as part of a service-learning course in the Geography and Biology of Nicaragua. He has taught other travel courses including trips to India, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Wisconsin.
www.cur.org), where he was President and served on its executive board. He was named its volunteer of the year in 2005. Rivera regularly serves as a consultant to other colleges and universities as they develop undergraduate research programs and he has worked in three National Science Foundation grant programs to expand undergraduate research opportunities for students. He is a member of the steering group for the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) and was a keynote speaker at their conference in 2015 and Posters in Parliament in 2014.. He was the opening Keynote Speaker at the First World Congress of Undergraduate Research in Doha, Qatar, and is a member of the planning group for the 2019 Congress. He is the Lead Advisor for the Oxford Press-Epigeum publication of Research as a Transferable Skill.Dr. Rivera is an international leader in the in the undergraduate research movement and is Emeritus President of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR,
Rivera serves as a consultant to government, business and higher education. He has completed projects with ESRI, Snap-on Tools, World Link Inc., Racine County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Racine Harbor Commission. He is a member of the American Marketing Association, Association of American Geographers, The Council on Undergraduate Research, Sigma Xi, National Council on Geographic Education, and he is a Peer Reviewer and a Mentor in the Assessment Academy for Student Learning at the Higher Learning Commission.
While at Carthage, Dr. Rivera has served at the Provost of the College overseeing all aspects of the College’s academic administration (2010-14). His leadership deepened undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities on campus. He led the successful reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission and provided a smooth transition between two different College presidents. Rivera was the Chair of the Department of Geography and Earth Science (2000-10) where he founded, and developed the Geographic Information Science (GIS) program and led its growth and development. He also served as the College’s Acting Dean of Students during the 1999-2000 school year. Prior to coming to Carthage, he taught Geography and GIS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He has also worked as a Student Affairs administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and The Ohio State University.
Julio Rivera earned his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and completed a post-doctorate in Management and Marketing at the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida. He holds a M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairsfrom The Ohio State University, and a B.A. in Journalism and Theology at Marquette University.
Outside of his work Dr. Rivera enjoys photography, sailing, hiking, and travel. He particularly enjoys interesting urban spaces and finding small local diners and greasy spoons that serve great meals to good people every day.
Julio Rivera is concerned with helping students understand and research “Big Data” problems and applying different methodologies to their work. The area of data analytics he focuses on is “Location Intelligence and Business Geographics” as he integrates a variety of analytic tools in his teaching including Geographic Information Science (GIS), visualization techniques, statistical packages, and spreadsheet programs. He brings the Business Geographics approach to his courses in Marketing, Statistics, GIS, Data Analytics, and Visualization and challenges students to solve problems rather than memorize answers.
Professor of Management, Marketing, and Geospatial Science
and by appointment
- Post Doctorate—Management and Marketing, Hough Graduate School of Business, University of Florida
- Ph.D.—Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- M.A.—Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University
- B.A.—Journalism, Theology, Marquette University
- Certificate—Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
- BUS 2340 Applied Statistics for Management and Economics
- MKT 3130 Marketing Principles
- MKT 4210 Marketing Research
- BUS 0675 Business Geographics and Data Visualization
- MGT 5030 Strategic Market Analysis
Dr. Rivera invites students to work with him in research. For more information, contact him directly. He is particularly interested in working with students on the visualization of data problems.
His current research focuses on the variation of real estate values in suburban communities examining how different built environments enhance the values of homes. This work extends from the work he did during a sabbatical at the Global Institute for Sustainability at Arizona State University, examining trends in housing development of the urban fringe in the Phoenix metropolitan area. He has directed numerous undergraduate student senior thesis projects, many of which were presented at regional and national conferences.
His other research focuses on Issues in Higher Education. His current project examines the working lives of Chief Academic Officers.
Grants and Awards
- 2012—Grant Award—Co-Principal Investigator–$46,725. Value, Impact and Best Practices: Maximizing REU SBE Potential. Award Number 1216555. National Science Foundation. Grant award through the Council on Undergraduate Research, Washington, DC.
- 2009—Travel Grant Support. $500—Spatial Regression Workshop, Advanced Spatial Analysis—National Science Foundation Travel Grant Support, Santa Barbara, California
- 2005—Volunteer of the Year—Council on Undergraduate Research. Washington, DC
- 2005—Travel Grant Support. $500—GIS and Spatial Modeling for the Undergraduate Social Science Curriculum Workshop, Spatial Perspectives on Analysis for Curriculum Enhancement—National Science Foundation Travel Grant Support, Columbus, Ohio
- 2005— Travel Grant Support. $500–Case Studies in Science Summer Workshop—National Science Foundation— University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York
- 2002—Board of Trustees Distinguished Teaching Award. Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin
- 1998—Travel Grant Support. $1000—Human Geography in Action Workshop. National Science Foundation Travel Grant, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
2018—Undergraduate Research and Applied Business Statistics. In Course-based Research: Providing Opportunities for All Students to Learn through Undergraduate Research. Hensel, N. ed. Stylus Publishing, Sterling, VA
2018—(Forthcoming Online Publication)—Lead Advisor. Research as a Transferable Skill. Epigeum-Oxford. https://www.epigeum.com/courses/research/transferable-research-skills/. With Stuart Hampton-Reeves.
2018—(Forthcoming Chapter)– Research, scholarship, and creativity: What it is and why it matters. Research as a Transferable Skill. Epigeum-Oxford. https://www.epigeum.com/courses/research/transferable-research-skills/.
2018—(Forthcoming Article) Reflections from the World Congress of Undergraduate Research. Rivera, J., Khalifa, M., Hamdah, B.A., Al-Hamadi., A.M., Zdgiebloski, E. Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research. Fall 2018.
2017– Building a Business Model for Funding Undergraduate Research, Shields, J., Rivera, J., and Wall J. Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research. Fall 2017.
2017—A Response to “Some Pathologies of Undergraduate Research—and How to Cure Them. CUR Quarterly. Summer 2017.
2016—Professional skills and problem solving: the undergraduate research movement. Epigeum. June 11,2016 . Accessed June 19, 2016. https://blog.oup.com/2016/06/undergraduate-research-epigeum/
2015—Semester Research Project in Applied Business Statistics. DQP Assignment Library. Edited by National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. Accessed May 29, 2016. http://www.assignmentlibrary.org/assignments/5719160bb6c57ff000000005.
2010—Mentoring as a Socializing Activity: Supporting Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences. Childress, Herb, Cox, Gloria C., Eve, Susan B., Orr, Amy J., and Rivera, Julio C. In L. Temple-Rosebrook and T. Sibley (eds.), How To Mentor Undergraduate Researchers. Washington, D.C.: Council on Undergraduate Research.
2006—A River Runs Through it, or is it a Lake? … or something else? Journal of Science Teaching, October 2006.
1995—Book Review of J. Szegö’s “Mapping Hidden Dimensions of the Urban Scene.” Cartographic Perspectives. no. 22:18-19.
- Julio Rivera’s Home Page (http://juliorivera.net)
- Council on Undergraduate Research (www.cur.org)