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Jamie Mitchem, Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Phone: 678-717-3927

Office: Science 211, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Geography and GIS, Hazards, Meteorology, Climatology, Environmental Studies, Earth Science, Emergency Management

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 1111K Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 1112/L Introduction to Weather & Climate
  • GEOG 1102  World Regional Geography
  • GISC 2011/L Introduction to GIS
  • ENST 2030  Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • GISC 2201K  Fundamentals of Cartography and Earth Measurement
  • GISC 3011K  Cartography and Earth Measurement
  • GISC 3100  Seminar in Geospatial Technology
  • GEOG 3200K  Earth Systems
  • GEOG 4000K  Environmental Geography
  • ENST 4070 Practicum in Environmental Studies
  • GISC 4020K  GIS for Environmental Studies


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of South Carolina at Columbia, 2004
  • M.S., Meteorology, North Carolina State University, 2000
  • B.S., Geophysics, University of South Carolina at Columbia, 1998

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Mitchem has research interests in hazards geography, disasters, GIS, meteorology, climatology, climate change, environmental studies, emergency management, social vulnerability, risk communication, tornadoes, sustainability, and activism. His interests focus on the complex interactions between society and nature.

He has recently worked on a Presidential Innovation Award analyzing UNG students' attitudes about climate change. He also is collaborating with University of South Carolina and University of Central Florida on a multi-state study of evacuation behavior of coastal residents during Hurricane Matthew.


  • Mitchem, Jamie D., 2013. Ozone Layer Depletion. In Encyclopedia of Crisis Management, SAGE Reference Books, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Mitchem, Jamie D., 2011. Hurricanes/Typhoons. In Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief, SAGE Reference Books, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Mitchem, Jamie D., 2011. Survivor Guilt. In Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief, SAGE Reference Books, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Mueller, Thomas R. and Jamie D. Mitchem, 2010. Survey of Emergency Management and Preparedness Agencies in Pennsylvania’s Rural Counties. Research Report funded by The Center for Rural Pennsylvania. 
  • Mueller, Thomas R., Jamie D. Mitchem, and Andrew Egut, 2009. A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Chemical Spills on the Interstates in Washington County, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Geographer, 47 (1). 
  • Mitchem, Jamie D., Thomas R. Mueller, and Kevin J. Mickey, 2008. The Use of HAZUS-MH and GIS for Emergency Management. In Emergency Management in Higher Education: Current Practices and Conversations, Public Entity Risk Institute, Fairfax, VA.
  • Mueller, Thomas R., Jamie Mitchem, and Lawrence Moses, 2006. Service Learning and GIS: The Key to Funding Opportunities. Transformations, May 1, 2006: 17-20.

Dr. Mitchem has published scientific papers in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, The Pennsylvania Geographer, and Climate Research, as well as a pedagogical paper in Transformations. He has published chapters in Emergency Management in Higher Education: Current Practices and Conversation, Encyclopedia of Crisis Management, and Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief. He has presented or provided workshops at more than 40 professional conferences, and he has authored multiple research reports to summarize the results from grant work and white papers to advise on best practices. 

Work Experience

  • Professor of Geography/GIS, University of North Georgia, Gainesville, GA, 2008-present
  • Assistant Professor of Earth Science/Geography, California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, 2004-2008

Dr. Mitchem began his career volunteering in the South Carolina State Climate Office and interning with the Southeast Regional Climate Center. He served as a Research Assistant in the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina and the Mesoscale Meteorology Research Lab at NC State University. He has taught at the university level for over 13 years. Dr. Mitchem was awarded the first HAZUS User of the Year award for the first quarter of 2007.

Personal Information

Dr. Mitchem's favorite things about working at UNG are watching thunderstorms, chasing tornadoes, creating maps, learning about the world, hiking a trail in the mountains, looking for sharks' teeth on the beach, playing soccer with my son, and spending time with my family.

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