Thomas Wikle

 Thomas Wikle

Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma  74078-4073

Office:   372 Murray Hall  /  201 Life Sciences East
Phone:  (405) 744-5666
Fax:       (405) 744-5620



  Geography   Southern Illinois University


 M.A.   Geography   California State University, Fullerton



  Geography & Anthropology   Univ of California, Santa Barbara



  • Natural Resource Management
  • Wireless Communications


   Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
   Oklahoma State University, 2000 - Present.

   Head, Department of Geography
   Oklahoma State University, 1994 - 2000.

   Professor, Department of Geography
   Oklahoma State University, 1998 - Present.

   Associate Professor, Department of Geography
   Oklahoma State University, 1993 - 1998.

   Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
   Oklahoma State University, 1989 - 1993.

   Certified Mapping Scientist, GIS/LIS (ASPRS No. 119)


Wikle, T. (forthcoming). “A Rationale for Accrediting GIScience Programs,” Cartography and Geographic Information Science PR

Frazier, A.; Wikle, T. and Kedron, P. (forthcoming). “Exploring the Anatomy of Geographic Information Systems and Technology (GIS&T) Textbooks,” Transactions in GIS PR

Wikle, T. and Bailey, G. (forthcoming). “Mapping Language Variation and Change in the U.S. and Canada,” In S. Brunn (ed), Changing World Language Map. New York: Springer.

Mathews, A. and Wikle, T. 2017. “Assessing Professional Benefits of GIS Certification,” Cartography and Geographic Information Science 44(5):452-462. PR

Comer, J. and Wikle, T. 2017. “The Geography of Mobile Telephony,” pp. 162-177 In B. Warf (ed), Handbook on Geographies of Technology. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing

Wikle, T. 2017. “Arid Climates and Desertification,” pp. 1-10 In D. Richardson, N. Castree, M.F. Goodchild, A. Kobayashi, W. Liu, and R.A. Marston (eds), The International Encyclopedia of Geography. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PR

Frazier, A. and Wikle, T. 2017. “Renaming and Rebranding within U.S. and Canadian Geography Departments, 1990-2014,” Professional Geographer 9(1):12-21. PR

Craig, T. and Wikle, T. 2016. "Perceptions and Practices: Employers, Educators, and Students on GIS Internships," Transactions in GIS 20(6): 948–961. PR

Wikle, T. 2016. “Living and Spiritual Worlds of Mali’s Dogon People,” Focus on Geography 59 ( PR

Wikle, T. 2016. “Hyperaridity and the Dry Limits of Life,” McGraw-Hill Access Science (

Wikle, T. and Lightfoot, D. 2016. “Waynoka and the Birth of Transcontinental Air Service,” Chronicles of Oklahoma 94(2):132-151.

Wikle, T. 2015. “A Look at GIS Certification Programs and their Challenges for Higher Education,” URISA Journal 27(1):5-10. PR

Wikle, T. and Fagin, T. 2015. Hard and Soft Skills in Preparing GIS Professionals: Comparing Perceptions of Employers and Educators,” Transactions in GIS. 19(5):641-652 PR

Wikle, T. 2015. “Tobacco Farming, Cigar Production and Cuba’s Viñales Valley,” Focus on Geography 58(4):153-162. PR

Comer, J. and Wikle, T. 2015. “Access to Locally-Oriented Television Broadcasting in the Digital Era,” Applied Geography 60:280-287. PR

Wikle, T. 2015. “Subsistence Farming and Economic Hardship in Lesotho, Africa’s Mountain Kingdom,” Focus on Geography 58(2):79-90. PR

Comer, J. and Wikle, T. 2015. “Community Access to General Aviation Amidst Airport Closures, 1991-2011,” Papers in Applied Geography 1(2):159-167. PR

Brown, S.; Comer, J. and Wikle, T. 2015. “The Locations of Temporary Shelters after Hurricane Katrina,” pp. 431-443 In G.A. Tobin and B.E. Montz (eds.) Evolving Approaches to Understanding Natural Hazards. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Wikle, T. 2015. “Technology and the Changing Geography of Religious Media,” pp. 3751-3764 In Stan Brunn (ed). The Changing World Religion Map (Vol 15). New York: Springer.

Wikle, T. 2014. “Copper Mining, the McCarthy Road and America’s Largest National Park,” Focus on Geography.  PR

Comer, J. and Wikle, T. 2014. “Community Access to General Aviation amidst Airport Closures, 1991-2011,” Papers in Applied Geography 37:230-239. PR

Wikle, T. and Fagin, T. 2014. “GIS Course Planning:  A Comparison of Syllabi at U.S. College and Universities,” Transactions in GIS 18(4):574-585. PR

Wikle, T. and Lightfoot, D. 2014. “Landscapes of the Slave Trade in Senegal and The Gambia,” Focus on Geography 57(1):14-24. PR

Wikle, T. 2014. “The Legacy of U.S. Army Flight Training in Oklahoma, 1941-45” Chronicles of Oklahoma 91(4):462-481.

Comer, J. and Wikle, T. 2013. “Localism and American Broadcasting in the Age of Satellite Television,” Papers in Applied Geography 36:210-219. PR

Wikle, T. and Le, N. 2013. “Vietnam’s Emerging System of National Parks,” Focus on Geography 56(2)-66-71.  PR

Wikle, T. and Comer, J. 2012. “Facebook’s Rise to the Top:  Exploring Social Networking Registrations by Country,” International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking 4(2):46-60. PR

Phillips, B.; Wikle, T.; Head Hakim, A.; and Pike, L. 2012. "Establishing and Operating Shelters after Hurricane Katrina," International Journal of Emergency Management 8(2): 153-167. PR

Fagin, T. and Wikle, T. 2012. “Lands of Meat and Oil: Conservation, Resource Management, and America’s National Grasslands,”Focus on Geography 55(2): 41-47. PR

Greiner, A. and Wikle, T. 2012. "Part Strategy, Part Serendipity: A Candid Guide to Career Planning for Geographers," pp. 1-14 In Michael Solem, Kenneth Foote, and Janice Monk (eds). Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Geographers. PR

Fagin, T. and Wikle, T. 2011. “The Instructor Element of GIS Instruction at U.S. Colleges and Universities,” Transactions in GIS 15(1): 1-15. PR

Wikle, T. 2011. “Planning Considerations for Online Certificates and Degrees in GIS,” URISA Journal 22(1): 21-30. PR

Wikle, T. 2010. “Transcontinental Crossroads: Oklahoma's Lighted Airway in the 1930s” Chronicles of Oklahoma 88(2): 132-147.

Wikle, T. and Comer, J. 2010. “Translator Networks and the New Geography of Religious Radio,” Journal of Radio and Audio Media 17(1): 48-62. PR

Wikle, T. and Bailey, G. 2010. “Mapping North American English,” pp. 62-76, 253-268. In Alfred Lameli, Roland Kehrein and Stephan Rabanus (eds), Language Mapping. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. 

Wikle, T. 2010. “An Examination of Job Titles Used for GIScience Professionals,” International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 1(1): 40-56. PR

Wikle, T. and Comer, J. 2009. “Barriers to Establishing Low Power FM Radio in the U.S.,” Professional Geographer 61(3):366-269. PR

Wikle, T. 2009. “Oh, the Places You'll Go: Place Collectors, Peak Baggers and Letterboxers,” The Geography Teacher 6(2): 28-32.

Phillips, B., Neal, D., Wikle, T., Subabthore, A., and Hyrapiet, S. 2008. “Mass Fatality Management after the Indian Ocean Tsunami,” Disaster Prevention and Management 17(5):681-697. PR

Greiner, A. and Wikle, T. 2008. “Episodic Volunteerisim after Hurricane Katrina: Insights from pass Christian, Mississippi,” International Journal of Volunteer Administration 25(3):14-25. PR

Comer, J. and Wikle, T. 2008. “Worldwide Diffusion of the Cellular Telephone, 1995-2005,” Professional Geographer 60(2):252-269. PR

Brown, S., Comer, J., and Wikle, T. 2007. “The Location of Temporary Shelters after Hurricane Katrina,” Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences 30:298-306. PR

Wikle, T. and Rooney, J. 2005. “Sport and Recreation in the Great Plains,” pp. 395-425 in Amanda Rees, ed. The Great Plains. Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press.

Tillery, J; Bailey, G. and Wikle, T. 2004 “Demographic Change and American Dialectology,” American Speech 79(3):227-249. PR

Wikle, T. and Finchum, G. 2003. “The Emerging GIS Degree Landscape,” Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 27(2):107-122. PR

Wikle, T. 2002. “Cell Tower Proliferation Across the U.S.,” Geographical Review 92(1):45-62. PR

Tillery, J.; Wikle, T.; and Bailey, G. 2000. “The Nationalization of a Southernism,” Journal of English Linguistics 28(3):280-294. PR

Wikle, T. 1998. “Continuing Education and Competency Programs in GIS,” International Journal of Geographical Information Science 12(5):491-507. PR

Wikle, T. 1997. "Those Benevolent Boosters:  Spatial Patterns of Kiwanis Membership in the U.S." Journal of Cultural Geography 17 (1):1-19. PR

Wikle, T. 1997. "Quantitative Mapping Techniques for Displaying Language Variation and Change," pp. 417-433 In C. Bernstein, T. Nunnally, and R. Sabino, Language Variety in the South Revisited. Tuscaloosa, AL:  University of Alabama Press.

Bailey, G.; Wikle, T.; and Tillery, J. 1997. "The Effects of Methods on Results in Dialectology," English Worldwide 18(1):35-63. PR

Wikle, T. 1995. "Geographical Patterns of Membership in U.S. Environmental Organizations" Professional Geographer 47(1):41-48. PR

Bailey, G.; Wikle, T.; Tillery, J.; and Sand, L. 1993. "Using Apparent Time Data to Chart Linguistic Diffusion," Language Variation and Change 5(3):359-90. PR

Wikle, T. 1991. "Evaluating the Acceptability of Recreation Rationing Policies Used on Rivers," Environmental Management 15(3):389-94. PR

Bailey, G.; Wikle, T.; Tillery, J. and Sand, L. 1991. "The Apparent Time Construct," Language Variation and Change 3(3):241-64. PR

PR: Peer Reviewed 



“2017 SCORP Project for Oklahoma”
Adam Mathews, Fatemeh Soltani, and Tom Wikle
Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation:
2016-2017. Amount: $200,002

“Thematic Survey of Oklahoma’s WWII Training Airfields, 1941-45”
Brad Bays and Tom Wikle
Oklahoma Historical Society
2016-2017. Amount: $15,000

"Establishment and Operation of Shelters Serving Socially Vulnerable Populations: A Socio-spatial Analysis"
Tom Wikle, Brenda Phillips, Betty Morrow, and Lynn Pike.
National Science Foundation (SES-0554925)
2005-2007.  Amount: $60,609.

"Institute for Teaching GIScience"
Tom Wikle and Joel Helmer
National Geographic Society (0551-05), Oklahoma Geography Education Fund.
2005-2006.  Amount: $16,872.

"Rural Alliance for Improving Science Education"
Tom Wikle, Joel Helmer, and John Steinbrink.
National Science Foundation (DGE-0336934)
2003-2006.  Amount: $1,832,496.

"GPS Tools for Geographers"
Michael Myers and Tom Wikle.
National Science Foundation (DUE-0127073)
2002-2005.  Amount: $105,693.

"REU Site for GIS and Soil/Water Research"
Tom Wikle and Michael Myers.
National Science Foundation (SES-0139277)
2002-2005.  Amount: $188,998.

"Hypothesis-based Earth Science for Middle School Teachers"
Tom Wikle and Richard Marston.
U.S. Department of Education, Star Schools Program
2001-2002.  Amount: $235,000.


   Phi Beta Delta
   Sigma Xi
   Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
   National Council for Geographic Education
   Gamma Theta Upsilon
   Phi Kappa Phi
   Association of American Geographers


   • Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award
   National Council for Geographic Education (1997)

   • Regents' Distinguished Teaching Award
   Oklahoma State University (1996)

   • Outstanding Teacher
   Department of Geography, Oklahoma State University (1990, 1993, 1994)

   • Faculty Associate of the Year
   OSU Residential Life (2001)