Faculty Profile for Dr. Thomas Larsen

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Dr. Thomas Larsen
Lecturer — Department of Geography
ELA 145
phone: (512) 245-1823

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Thomas Larsen is a Lecturer/Senior Research Associate at the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography from Kansas State University.

Research Interests

As a geography education researcher, Dr. Larsen examines how geographic knowledge can be optimized to increase students’ agency and improve societal well-being. He is also interested in exploring big ideas regarding the human-environment relationship and the Anthropocene. Dr. Larsen has ongoing research projects in geography education, learning progressions, place, geographic thought, and human-environment relations.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Larsen, T. B. (2019). American Trappist Monasteries and the Changing Spiritual Landscape. Geographical Review, 109(1), 47–66.
  • Larsen, T. B., & Harrington, J. A. (2018). Developing a Learning Progression for Place. Journal of Geography, 117(3), 100–118.
  • Hite, R., Solís, P., Wargo, L., & Larsen, T. B. (2018). Exploring Affective Dimensions of Authentic Geographic Education Using a Qualitative Document Analysis of Students’ YouthMappers Blogs. Education Sciences, 8.
  • Larsen, T. B., Millsaps, L., Harrington, J. A., & Lefferd, R. (2018). Learning Progressions in Geography Education: What Teachers Should Know. The Geography Teacher, 15(2), 55–67.
  • Larsen, T. B., & Harrington, J. A. (2017). Place, Learning Progressions, and Transformative Geographic Education. Research in Geographic Education, 19(2), 66–79.

Selected Grants

  • Larsen, Thomas Barclay, Hutchins-Wagner, Maggie B.. National Geographic Professional Development Delivery, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $7000. (Funded: December 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Geography Community: National Council for the Social Studies
November 2019-Present
Undergraduate Advisor
Gamma Theta Upsilon: Kappa Upsilon Chapter
August 2019-Present
Distance Education Committee
August 2019-Present
Alumni Reunion and Student Celebration Committee
August 2019-Present
August 2019-Present