Highlights & Reminders

Welcome back!  We are glad you are back and are settling into the semester.  Here is wishing you a productive and successful 2014-2015 Academic Year!

Winter & Spring Field Courses

Get ready for the best classes you could take this academic year. Geo 450 and GEO 190: Regional Geography-Geology Field Studies in Curacao, Winter-Spring 2015! Contact Dr. Cornell or Dr. Jantz for more information, but click here to put your name on the interest sign-up list.

2014 Photo Contest: 

Download PDF of 2014 photo entries and VOTE HERE!

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Geography & Earth Science Department
104 Shearer Hall
1871 Old Main Dr.
Shippensburg, PA 17257

Phone: 717-477-1685
Fax: 717-477-4029
Email: geog@ship.edu

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williams Faculty ImageKay Williams

Associate Professor
Office: 111 Shearer Hall
Phone: 717-477-1602
Email: krwill@ship.edu
Homepage: n/a


PhD, University of Georgia
MA, University of Georgia
BS, Salisbury State University


Dr. Williams has research and teaching interests in climatic change, conservation of natural resources, biogeography and environmental education. Past research has involved the analysis of daily temperature data in an effort to detect temperature trends in the temperature record. Most recently, she has paired with a departmental colleague to investigate the climatology of the fourteen State System of Higher Education universities. Future research will involve the climatology of heat waves and cold spells in PA. Other research will focus on environmental education and will involve a survey of departmental majors.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Williams maintains an involvement with her students by serving as the faculty advisor for SU's Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) since 1993, and for the local chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), geography's international honor society, since 1997. She has also worked as a student intern faculty advisor/coordinator during the summers since 1996. Dr. Williams participates in other student-oriented activities throughout the year as well.

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Climatology
  • Conservation
  • Atmospheric Studies
  • Biogeography
  • Physical Geography


GEO301: Introduction to Biogeography (Fall semesters)
GEO508: Problems of the Atmospheric Environment (offering varies)
ESS108: Conservation of Natural Resources (every semester)
ESS207: Atmospheric Studies (Spring semesters)

Community and Professional Service
  • Member: SU Geography & Earth Science Dept. Departmental Professional Affairs Committee
  • Member AAG
  • Others