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Dr. MATHEW NOVAK

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography

Central Washington University

Mailing Address:
Dean Hall Room 306, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, Washington, 98926-7420, USA

E-mail:

novak@cwu.edu


 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Current Appointments

2011-current     Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, CWU

 

2011-current     Program Faculty, Resource Management Graduate Program, CWU

 

2013-current       Director, GIS Certificate Program, CWU

 

 

Education

 

2006-2010       Ph.D., Department of Geography

                        The University of Western Ontario, London ON

Dissertation Title: The Evolution of the Retail Landscape

 

2004-2006       M.A., Department of Geography

The University of Western Ontario, London ON

Thesis Title: Fire and Urban Morphology:  A Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Destruction and Reconstruction in Early-Twentieth Century London, Ontario

 

1999-2003              B.Sc. (Hon.), Genetics, Department of Biology

The University of Western Ontario, London ON

 

Research Interests

 

·    Urban morphology and the built environment

·    Landscape analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

·    Urban sustainability and environmental history

·    The economic and social geographies of retailing

·    Disasters (floods and fires) and their impacts on urban environments

 

                                   

Refereed Publications

 

Novak, M.  In Press.  Beyond the Coffee Shop as Creative Class Hotspot:  Innovation in the Coffee Shop Enterprise.”  To be published as a book chapter in the edited collection: Understanding Innovation in Emerging Economic Spaces part of Ashgate’s Dynamics of Economic Spaces series (2014 publication date).

 

Novak, M. and J. Gilliland. 2011.  “Trading Places: A Historical Geography of Retailing in London, Canada.”  Social Science History 35(4): 543-570. 

Hayek, M., M. Novak, G. Arku and J. Gilliland.  2010.  Mapping Industrial Legacies: Building a Spatially-Referenced Comprehensive Brownfield Database in GIS.”  Planning Practice and Research 25(4): 461-475.

Novak, M. and J. Gilliland. 2009.  “Buried Beneath the Waves: Using GIS to Examine the Physical and Social Impact of a Historical Flood.”  Journal of Digital Studies 1(2). 

 

Novak, M., J. Gilliland, and E. Paddle.  2007.  Advancing Urban Morphology with GIS,” in Stael de Alvarenga Pereira Costa (ed) Urban Morphology in a Global Era (Belo Horizonte, Brasil: Escola de Arquitetura da UFMG), 12 pages. 

 

Gilliland, J. A., and M. Novak, 2006.  “Positioning the Past with the Present: The Use of Fire Insurance Plans and GIS for Urban Environmental History.”  Environmental History 11: 136-139.

 

Working Papers

 

Novak, M.   “Shopping Malls Enter Middle Age: Their Common History and Divergent Trajectories.”  To be submitted to the Canadian Geographer.

 

Novak, M.  “Café Culture Meets Cowboy Culture: The Filtering of Coffee Into Small Towns of the American West.”  To be submitted to the J. of Cultural Geography 

 

Articles in Preparation

 

Sipic, T., and M. Novak.  In Preparation.  “Measuring the Impact of Forestry Practices on Residential Housing Values.”  To be submitted to the J. of Economic Geography

 

Gerend, J., and M. Novak.  In Preparation.  “Evaluating Retail Planning and Policy in Washington State.”  To be submitted to the J. of the American Planning Association

 

Other Scholarly Publications

 

Novak, M.  2009.  “Not just for Geographers: GIS in Historical Research,”  Book review of Historical GIS, Technologies, Methodologies and Applications for H-HistGeog.  Published 25 February, 2009. 

 

Novak, M.  2007.  “Report: Urban Morphology in the ‘Bay City’.”  Urban Morphology 11(2).

 

Novak, M.  2007.   “Book Review: The Calgary Project: Urban Form/ Urban Life.”  Urban Morphology 11(2).

 

Novak, M.  2007.  Creation and editing of online content for the text Human Geography, Canadian Edition, by Fellmann, Getis, Getis, Shrubsole and Hopkins, Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson. 

 

 

GrantS

2014                Novak, M.  “Retail planning practices and policies.”  College of the Sciences (CWU) Faculty Summer Grant.  $4000.

 

2013                Novak, M. and Hickey, R.  “Acquisition of GPS receivers to support geography research and teaching”.  CWU Foundation Small Grants.  $1000 matched by Department. 

 

2012                Gerend, J. (PI) and Novak, M. (Co-PI). “ RUI: Retail Location Patterns and Policy:  Mapping Retailing and its Management Across Washington State.” NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences.  Amount Requested: $168,532. Not Funded – Resubmission in 2014 

 

TEACHING EXPERTISE

·          Interdisciplinary connections to explain global phenomena
·          Data collection & analysis (statistics)

·          Research design & implementation

·          Information dissemination, including technical writing and graphic design

·          Curriculum development (including online and hybrid models)

 

Courses Taught

 

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography, Central Washington University

 

·         Urban Geography (Geog 381)

·         Heritage Preservation (Geog/Anthro 432)

·         Introduction to Land Use Planning (Geog 305)

·         Advanced Topics in Land Use Planning (Geog 405)

·         Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (Geog 303)

·         Intermediate GIS (Geog 404)

·         Advanced GIS (Geog 417)

·         Maps and Cartography (Geog 203)

·         Resource Management Colloquium (REM 506)

                                                                          

Lecturer
Department of Geography, The University of Western Ontario

                       

·         The Regional Geography of Canada (2010a)

·         Land Use and Development Issues (3461f)

 

Teaching Assistant
Department of Geography, The University of Western Ontario

 

·         Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (2162b), Sergio Pompilii

·         Social Geography (2401b), Dr. Jeff Hopkins

·         Land Use Development Issues (3461f), Dr. Jason Gilliland

·         Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (178b), Sergio Pompilii

·         Urban Development (277g), Dr. Joe Nasr

·         World Cities (155a), Dr. Bob Cecil

·         Land Use and Development Issues (328b), Dr. Jason Gilliland

·         Housing (376a), Dr. Jason Gilliland

 

OTHER TEACHING ACTIVITES & INITIATIVES

 

2012-current     Internship Program

§  Kittitas County Planning Office

·         Beginning paid Internship Program for Planning/GIS technicians

§  Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

§  Mid-Columbia Fisheries

§  Downtown Ellensburg Association

2012-current     Independent Study, with over 15 students on topics such as:

§  Urban Geography theory & Social Media in Landscape Assessment

§  New Urbanism Landscapes and Paradigms

2012-current       GIS Projects, integrating student work into research agenda and offering GIS assistance to local organizations

 

 

GRADUATE STUDENT SUPERVISION

 

Chair

2013-current     Kara Mowery.  CWU Resource Management. M.Sc. in progress

Thesis topic:  Development opportunities and challenges in a revitalizing downtown core

 

Co-Chair

2012-current     Jeremy Ripin.  M.S. CWU Independent Studies – Anthropology. In progress (with Steve Hackenberger).

Thesis topic:  Modeling talis pit locations using GIS

 

2012-2013       Wilbur Barrick.  M.S.  CWU Independent Studies -Anthropology (with Steve Hackenberger).

Thesis title:  Archaeological Landscapes of the Yakima Fold Belt:  Nonsite Applications of Geographic Information Systems, Yakima Training Center, Washington

 

Committee Member

2013-current       Logan Blair.  M.S. CWU Resource Management.  In progress.

Thesis topic:  Measuring the impact of forest beetles on housing prices in Washington State.

 

2012-current     Krista Evans. M.S. CWU Resource Management.  In progress.

Thesis topic:  Management policies & practices for Ghost Towns in the American West.

 

Student Research Projects

 

2014                Sean Stcherbinine.  “How Big is that Hole?  Using ArcGIS to Calculate the Volume of Sediment Needed to Mitigate Erosion of an Aracheological Site.”  Student presented work at CWU’s Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (Source).  May 15, 2014.

 

Jared Hess, Kylie Ishimitsu, Kelsey Mueller, Lucas Salmons, and Allison Shinn. “Using GIS to Model Potential Salmon Habitat Restoration in the Swauk Creek/Highway 97 Corridor.”   Students presented work at CWU’s Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (Source).  May 15, 2014.

                       

2013-2104       Amy McCoy.  Working with Ellensburg Downtown Association to build an inventory of historical murals in Ellensburg’s downtown.

 

2013                Krista Evans.  “Just a Façade?  Managing Northern Rocky Mountain Ghost Towns.”   Student presented work at CWU’s Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (Source).  May 16, 2013.

 

Taylor Steele “Examining the Relationship Between Farmer’s Markets and Obesity Rates in Washington State.”   Student presented work at CWU’s Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (Source).  May 16, 2013.

 

 

Conference Presentations

 

Gerend, J., and M. Novak. 2014.  “Municipal Retail Planning.”  Annual Meeting of The Association of American Geographers, Tampa, Florida (April 9, 2014).

 

Novak, M. 2012.  “Taking a stroll along Main Street: The shifting landscapes of the primary urban shopping district at the turn of the twentieth-century.”  Social Science History Association Annual Conference. Vancouver, B.C. (November 3, 2012).

 

Novak, M. 2012.  Independent cafés in the land of Starbucks: Comparing the spaces and practices of coffee shops in Washington State, USA.”  International Geographical Union:  Innovation & Creativity in Emerging Economic Spaces.  Krakow, Poland (May 4, 2012).

 

Novak, M.  2010.  “Tracing the Shelf-life of Shopping Malls.” Western Research Forum, London, Ontario (February 27, 2010).

 

Novak, M. and J. Gilliland. 2009. “Retail’s Changing Place and Face in the Urban Landscape.”  International Seminar on Urban Form, Guangzhou, China (September 6, 2009).

 

Novak, M.  2009.  “Gone with the Flow: Rebuilding a Community after Flooding in London, Canada.” World Congress of Environmental History, Copenhagen, Denmark (August 8, 2009).

 

Novak, M., and J. Gilliland. 2009.  “Form, Function and Fluidity in the Central Retail District in London, Canada: 1880-1930.”  Presented to a special joint session “Addressing the Archives” at the annual meetings of the Canadian Association of Geographers and the Canadian Historical Association, Ottawa, ON (May 27, 2009).

 

Hayek, M.G. Arku, M. Novak and J. Gilliland.  2009.  “Brownfield Redevelopment in the City of London, Ontario: Identification of Sites using Historical GIS and Evaluation of Policy Measures.”  Annual meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Chicago, Ill. (Friday, March 6, 2009). 

 

Novak, M. and J. Gilliland.  2008.  “A Historical Geography of Retailing in London, Canada.”  Historical GIS 2008, University of Essex, UK (August 21, 2008).

 

Novak, M.  2008.  “The Rise and Fall of the Small Indoor Mall.”  Annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Quebec City (May 22, 2008).

 

Novak, M., J. Gilliland, and E. Paddle. 2007.  “Advancing Urban Morphology with GIS.”  International Seminar on Urban Form, Ouro Preto, Brazil (August 30, 2007).

 

Novak, M., and J. Gilliland.  2007.  “Fire and Urban Morphology in an Early-Twentieth Century Canadian City:”  International Seminar on Urban Form, Ouro Preto, Brazil (August 31, 2007).

 

Novak, M. and J. Gilliland.  2007.  “Assessing the Impact of Fire on Urban Form Using Historical-GIS.”  Annual Meeting of The Association of American Geographers, San Francisco California (April 20, 2007).

 

Gilliland, J., Larsen, K., and M. Novak. 2006.  “GIS Research in the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory.” Social Science Research Day Presentation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON. (January, 16, 2006).

 

Gilliland, J. and M. Novak.  2006.  “The Imag(in)ing London HGIS Project.”  GIS Day Presentation, UWO Geography Department, London ON (November 15, 2006).

 

Novak, M. 2006.  Modeling a Historic Flood With GIS.”  Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers - Ontario Division, Hamilton ON (October 14, 2006).

 

Novak, M. and J. Gilliland, 2006.  ““Burning Down the House”:  An Analysis of Fire in Early-Twentieth Century London Ontario.”  Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Thunder Bay ON (May 30, 2006).

 

Novak, M. and J. Gilliland, 2006.  “Fire and Urban Evolution: Destruction and Reconstruction in London, Ontario, 1915-1929.”  Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Toronto ON (May 29, 2006).

 

Novak, M., 2006.  “Reconstructing London’s Devastating Flood of 1883.”  Western Research Forum, London ON (April 11, 2006).

 

Novak, M. and J. Gilliland, 2006.  “Buried Beneath the Waves:  Examining London’s Great Flood of 1883.”  Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago IL (March 9, 2006).

 

Novak, M. and J. Gilliland, 2005.  “The Morphogenesis of Residential Landscapes in London, Ontario.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, London ON (June 2, 2005).

 

Gilliland, J., Aldred, D., Healy, M. and M. Novak, 2005. “The Imag(in)ing London Project.” Demonstration project presented to the Virtual Historic Canada Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association / Canadian Association of Geographers, London ON (June  1, 2005).

 

Novak, M., 2005. “The Morphogenesis of London.” Demonstration project presented to Virtual Historic Canada Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association / Canadian Association of Geographers, London ON (June 1, 2005).

 

Novak, M., 2005. “Catastrophes and Urban Form: An HGIS Approach.” Poster presentation to Virtual Historic Canada Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association / Canadian Association of Geographers, London ON (June 1, 2005).

 

 

Invited Lectures

 

"GPS and GIS technologies in emergency response."  Invited by the RoboSparx Team (a youth robotics and research club) of Moses Lake, WA.  December 3rd, 2013.

 

“Canada, More Than Just America’s Hat.”  Invited by Dr. Bob Kuhlken to speak to his Geography of North America course, Department of Geography, CWU.  September 25, 2012. 

 

“The Evolution of the Retail Landscape.”  Colloquium in the Department of Geography, UWO.  January 15, 2010.

 

“Human Impacts on Natural Systems and Human Health.”  Invited by Dr. Godwin Arku to speak to his first year course - People, Places and Landscapes, Department of Geography, UWO.  March 30, 2009.

 

 “An Introduction to GIS.”  Invited by Dr. Godwin Arku to speak to his first year course - People Places and Landscapes, Department of Geography, UWO.  January 19, 2009.

 

“An Introduction to GIS.”  Invited by Dr. Dan Shrubsole to speak to his first year course – People Places and Landscapes, Department of Geography, UWO.  January 14, 2008.

 

 “The Geography of Retailing.”  Invited by Dr. Jason Gilliland to speak to his third year course - Land Use and Development Issues, Department of Geography, UWO.  November 21, 2007.

 

“Sub-Sahara African Cities.”  Invited by Dr. Jacek Malczewski to speak to his second year course – World Cities, Department of Geography, UWO.  February, 2005.


Invited Exhibitions

 

Gilliland, J. and M. Novak. 2006. “Old East Explorer.” An interactive computer-based kiosk installation for The Old East: London's Industrial Engine exhibit at Museum London, London, ON. (Feb 18 – July 30)

 

Gilliland, J. and M. Novak. 2006. “Mapping London: Layers of Time.” An interactive computer-based kiosk installation for Museum London, London, ON.

 

 

Academic Awards

 

2010                Western Graduate Research Scholarship

2009                UWO Teaching Assistant Award Nomination

2009                Travel Award, Network in Canadian History and the Environment

2009                Travel Award, Canadian Association of Geographers

2008                Western Graduate Research Scholarship

2008                Travel Award, Canadian Association of Geographers

2007                Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2007                Urban Geography Specialty Group Travel Award

2006                Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, Western Research Forum

2006                Travel Award, Canadian Association of Geographers

2006                Department of Geography Entrance Scholarship

2006                Western Graduate Research Scholarship

2005                Western Graduate Research Scholarship

2005                Network in History and Environment (NiCHE) Travel Scholarship

2004                Western Graduate Research Scholarship

1999                University of Western Ontario Entrance Scholarship

 

 

Career-Related Work Experience

 

Consultant

2010                Joint Ventures and Alliances Research Group
Ivey Business School, UWO, London ON

·    Manipulation of a large database ( >120 000 records and >1500 variables) pertaining to international business mergers and alliances

2010                London Bridge Child Care Centres, London ON

·      Produced a report on London’s changing child care landscape, detailing implications of new government policies and evolving demographic conditions

·       Suggested strategies to deal with these changes and avenues for       future growth 

 

2004-2010       Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Geography, The University of Western Ontario

·    Contribution to the “Imag(in)ing London” project, a digital collection of sources pertaining to London’s historical development. 

·    Tasks included input and organization of data, GIS analysis, and the supervision of undergraduate students

 

2003                Archival Specialist
Assiginack Museum, Manitowaning ON

·    Implemented the museum’s archives and computer database

 

1999                Curator

 The Little Schoolhouse & Museum, South Baymouth ON

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS

 

2012                Trail Mapping Project for Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals (CWU).

2012                Historical mapping project for Ellensburg WA.  Working with undergraduate GIS students, spatially rectified historical maps to be used by local planning officials.

 

2005                GIS Analyst, City of London Planning Department

·    Contributed GIS analysis of residential development patterns

 

Professional Service

 

2013-current     Faculty Senator, Central Washington University

2012-current     Editorial Board Member, Cascadia Chronicle

 

2012-current     Website Coordinator, Dept. of Geography, CWU

2011-current     Board Member, Museum of Culture and Environment Advisory Council, CWU

2014                Search Committee Member, Sessional Lecturer, Department of Geography, Central Washington University

2013                Manuscript Reviewer, Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems

2012                Manuscript Reviewer, African Geographical Review

2012                Search Committee Member, Chair Position, Department of Geography

Central Washington University

2010                Co-Organizer, New Researchers’ Forum. International Seminar on Urban Form, Hamburg, Germany. August 20-23, 2010.

2009-2010       Hiring Committee, Department of Geography, The University of Western Ontario

2005                Session Co-chair (with Z. Chen) “Virtual Historic Canada Workshop" at

                        the Annual meetings of the Canadian Historical Association / Canadian                                 Association of Geographers, London ON (June 1, 2005).



2005                Fieldtrip Co-Organizer (with J. Gilliland and V. Munro) “Urban Villagescapes of London” for the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, London, ON (June 2, 2005).

2004-2005       Councilor, The Society of Graduate Students, UWO

 

 

Courses & Workshops


2013    Early Career Faculty Workshop (American Association of Geographers)

2006    Database Design I (MS Access)

2005       Introduction to ArcGIS levels I & II (ESRI training)

2005       Introduction to SPSS



Places Visited

 

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