Rebecca TheobaldRebecca Theobald

Assistant Professor Adjoint
Coordinator, Colorado Geographic Alliance
Columbine 2024


  • PhD, Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2007
  • MA, Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2003
  • BA, Political Science, Middlebury College, 1984

Research Interests:

  • Global Systems of Education
  • Urban Governance and Public Services
  • Public Policy
  • Political Geography
  • Nationality and Nationalism

Research Projects:

  • Assessment of geography content students will need to understand the earth and its inhabitants and development of resources for primary and secondary teachers to ensure productive learning.
  • Longitudinal study of experiences of foreign-born early-career geography faculty teaching in United States institutions of higher education
  • Intersection of and tension among globalization, internationalization, and diversity on United States college campuses
  • Connections and disparities between expectations of higher education institutions and precollegiate education programs
  • Ability of local government to provide quality public services

Awards and Honors:

  • National Geographic Society funding for Colorado Geographic Alliance, 2008 - 2013
  • ESRI Special Achievement in GIS Award for the Colorado Geographic Alliance, 2010
  • UCCS Faculty Assembly Women's Committee Award for Travel, 2011
  • CU-Boulder Center for Humanities and the Arts Seminar Participant, 2005-2006
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2005
  • AAG Urban Geography Specialty Group Best Masters' Thesis Award, 2004

Selected Publications:

  • "International Faculty: A Source of Diversity", Rebecca B. Theobald and "Teaching with an Accent", Heike C. Alberts, Helen D. Hazen, and Rebecca B. Theobald, in Coming From Abroad, Palgrave Macmillan, Heike C. Alberts and Helen D. Hazen, Editors, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • Donert, K., Hay, I., Theobald, R., Wakefield, K., and Valiunaite, V. (2011) "International Collaboration in Organisations Promoting Geography Education: Exploring success and acknowledging limitations" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Volume 35, No. 3, 1-11.
  • Alberts, H.C., Hazen, H.D., and Theobald, R.B. (2010) "Classroom Incivilities: The Challenge of Interactions between College Students and Instructors in the US" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Volume 34, No. 3, 439-462.
  • Theobald, R.B. (2009) “New Faces in Academic Places: Gender and the Experiences of Early-Career Foreign-Born and Native-Born Geographers in the United States” Journal of Geographical Science, Volume 57, 7-32
  • Theobald, R.B. (2008) “Internationalization: Institutions, People, and Programs in Colorado” Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Volume 32, No. 2, 205-216.
  • Foote, K.E., Li, W., Monk, J. and Theobald, R. (2008) “Foreign-born Scholars in U.S. Universities: Issues, Concerns, and Strategies”, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Volume 32, No. 2, 167-178.
  • Wescoat, J.L. Jr., Headington, L., and Theobald, R.B. (2007) “Water and Poverty in the USA” Geoforum, Volume 38, No. 5, 224-240.
  • Theobald, R.B. (2005) “School Choice in Colorado Springs: The Relationship Between Parental Decisions, Location and Neighborhood Characteristics” International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, Volume 14, No. 2, 92-111.

Outreach and Service:

  • Member, Curriculum and Instruction Committee, National Council for Geographic Education, 2012 - Present
  • Member, GIS Distance Learning Project, Governor's Office of Information Technology, State of Colorado, 2012 - Present
  • My Community, Our Earth: Global Connections and Exchange Program Initiative, 2011-2013
  • Member, Editorial Board, Review of International Geographical Education Online, Fall 2010 - Present
  • International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education Workshop, Changing Geography in Higher Education: Towards a Scholarship of Academic Practice, 2010
  • UCCS Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Internship Coordinator
  • Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Model Content Standards Review Subcommittee in Geography, 2009