USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

Katsuhiko “Kirk” Oda

Katsuhiko “Kirk” Oda

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences

  • 2011: Ph.D., Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • 1998: M.A., Geography, the University of Toledo, Ohio
  • 1994: B.A., Geography, Nara University, Japan

Katsuhiko Oda, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences at the Spatial Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

His research interests are in the development of geographic information science and technology pedagogy in online and blended learning environments, best practices in cartography and geovisualization, and geospatial literacy and use of geospatial technology by non-professionals.

Oda is currently conducting a research project with the California Geographic Alliance funded by the National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE) to create and implement a professional development workshop series for pre- and in-service K-12 teachers to incorporate GIS concepts and techniques into their teaching. He has presented his research findings at national conferences such as the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, the Esri Education User Conference, and the Distance Teaching & Learning Annual Conference.

He is certified as a Geographic Information Science Professional (GISP) by the Geographic Information Science Certification Institute (GISCI).

In the Spatial Sciences Institute’s academic programs, Oda teaches courses in spatial thinking, cartography and visualization, and geospatial data integration. As he works with students of diverse backgrounds, personal and academic experiences, and educational goals, he aspires to educate each student to exploit the power of geospatial concepts, thinking and technologies in his or her daily life, workplace and academic field, so they are equipped with the competency to solve geospatial problems creatively. He annually organizes the Spatial Sciences Institute student presentations of maps selected for presentation in the annual Esri User Conference Map Gallery.


Selected Works

Oda, K. & Larson, L., Transforming an Online Course into a Blended Course. In Conference Proceedings and Resources of Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, 252-256.

Oda, K., Concept Maps as a Tool to Analyse College Students’ Knowledge of Geospatial Concept. Review of International Geographic Education Online, 6, 177-199, 2016.

Oda, K., Assessing College Students’ Spatial Concept Knowledge in Complexity Levels. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 21, 63-72, 2011, doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.07.032.

Arrowsmith, C., Bagoly-Simo, P., Finchum, A., Oda, K. & Pawson, E., Student Employability and its Implications for Geography Curricula and Learning Practices. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35, 365-377, 2011, doi:10:1080/03098265.2011.563379.

Oda, K. & Kamei, S., Maximizing the Online Experience: Developing a Master Course Shell with Faculty Consensus. In Conference Proceedings and Resources of Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, 2015.

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