Richard J. Hoch Ph.D., AICP CEP

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Richard J. Hoch, Ph.D., AICP CEP

rhoch@iup.edu

 

Education

8/99 - 12/05         Ph.D. Geography [Planning and Geographic Information Science (GISc)], West Virginia University (WVU).

8/97 - 6/99 M.A. Geography (Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing), WVU.
8/91 - 12/92         B.A. History (Environmental & Industrial), University of Pittsburgh. 8/88 - 5/91             

Penn State University.

Professional Appointments and Employment

07/13 – present      Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Regional Planning,  Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

08/07 – 07/13         Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Regional Planning,  Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

12/05 – 12/12   Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Geology and Geography, WVU.


10/05 – 5/06            LiDAR – Remote Sensing Program Manager / Research Associate, Canaan Valley Institute. 3/05 – 10/05 Geospatial Manager, Canaan Valley Institute.
7/04 – 3/05              Geospatial Coordinator, Canaan Valley Institute.

12/03 – 6/04            Strategic Planner / GIS Analyst, Schwan’s Food Company.

5/99 – 8/03              Land-use Planner / GIS Specialist, Skelly & Loy, Engineers and Consultants.

8/00 – 12/01       Graduate Instructor, Department of Geology and Geography, WVU.
8/98 - 4/00               Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Geology and Geography, WVU.

 

Certifications

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP - #020887)

AICP Advanced Specialty Certification – Certified Environmental Planner (CEP)

Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM - #761054), Association of State Floodplain Managers (2006 – 2016)


Teaching Profile



Courses Taught:                                                                                    Teaching Assistant:

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Cartography II
Climate and Environment

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Climate and Environment
Economic Geography

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Global Cities: Planning and Development Environmental Land-use Planning
Environmental Impact Assessment / NEPA (graduate) Geography of the Non-Western World
Introduction to GIS Introduction to Planning

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Geography of Europe
Introduction to Human Geography Introduction to Remote Sensing Rural and Regional Development Land-use Policy

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Planning Implementation

 

 

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Political Geography
Remote Sensing of the Environment (lab) Spatial Analysis (graduate)
Thought and Philosophy in Geography and Planning (graduate)
Urban Geography
World Regional Geography

New Course Proposals Prepared:

  • Environmental Land-use Planning
  • Cities of the World: Planning and Development

Research Interests

Applied GISc in the Planning Process

Environmental Impact Assessment

Watershed Planning

Uneven Economic Development

Comprehensive Planning and Community Health Assessment

 

External Funding Awards

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Special Project Funding. IUP, 2015. ‘Applied Fluvial Geomorphology – Rosgen Level II – River Morphology and Applications’. US DOI / US Fish and Wildlife Service – National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV. $2,000.

Colcom Foundation. Pittsburgh, PA. 2013. Co-awarded with the Center for Coalfield Justice. Landscape Today Initiative, Phase IV. $60,000.Colcom Foundation. Pittsburgh, PA. 2012. Co-awarded with the Center for Coalfield Justice. Landscape Today Initiative, Phase III. $60,000.

Colcom Foundation. Pittsburgh, PA. 2011. Co-awarded with the Center for Coalfield Justice. Landscape Today Initiative, Phase II. $60,000.

Center for Coalfield Justice (Hulpits / Sierra Club grant). Washington, PA. 2009. A Unified Geographic Information System Project – Landscape Today, Phase I. $9,000.

US EPA Office of Environmental Information. 2005. Landscape assessment approach for the Mid-Atlantic Highlands.

# X-82832801-0. Canaan Valley Institute.  $6,715,600. Grant preparation team contributor.

US EPA Office of Environmental Information. 2005. Decision Support for Mid-Atlantic Highland  Sustainability.

# X-83213201-0. Canaan Valley Institute.  $1,690,000. Grant preparation team contributor.



Academic Publications (peer-reviewed)

 Hanham, R., Hoch, R. J, Spiker, J. S. 2008. “The Spatially Varying Relationship between Local Land-Use Policies and Urban Growth: A Geographically Weighted Regression Analysis” in Geotechnologies and the Environment: Socioeconomic and Planning Applications. Ed. Gatrell, J. and Jensen, R. Springer-Verlag Heidelberg.


Technical Publications and Surveys

 Community Indicators of Population Health Primary Investigator. In partnership with the Center for Coalfield Justice. 2014 - 2016.

Tourism Map of the Indian Creek Valley Bike/Hike Trail. For the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper, funded by Somerset Bank and Trust. 2015.

Analysis of the Donegal Deep Mine. Underground Bituminous Coal Mining Permit Review. For the Mountain Watershed Association. 2014.

A Stream Corridor Survey and Watershed Assessment of Powdermill Run, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. –Primary Investigator. Carnegie Museum of Natural History – Powdermill Nature Reserve. 2012 – Ongoing.

Community Indicators of Environmental Justice: A Baseline Report of the Counties of Pennsylvania. – Primary Investigator. In partnership with the Center for Coalfield Justice. 2013.

Undermining Communities: A Survey of Longwall Coal Mining in Greene and Washington Counties, Pennsylvania. – Primary Investigator.  In Partnership with the Center for Coalfield Justice. 2012.

Identifying Communities At-Risk: An Atlas of Community Impacts from the Development of Marcellus Shale in Greene and Washington Counties, Pennsylvania Primary Investigator. In partnership with the Center for Coalfield Justice. 2012.

A Watershed Atlas of Potential Environmental Impacts from Extractive Industries in Greene and Washington Counties, Pennsylvania Primary Investigator. Producer of 35 page atlas of 28 watersheds and 6 congressional districts mapping and quantifying environmental impacts.  Center for Coalfield Justice. 2010.

Using PAMAP LiDAR Derived Elevation Data for Local Zoning Decisions – Authored appendix to the Fayette County Mountain Area Multi-municipal Comprehensive Plan. Mackin Engineering. 2009. [Plan winner of The Excellence in Township Planning Award by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (2010)].

Rasler Run Watershed Assessment and Analysis – Prepared maps of historic mining locations of various coal seams within watershed. Prepared for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection by Mountain Watershed Association, Fayette County, PA. 2008.

The Sylvanian, Magazine of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club – Prepared map of coal-fired power plants and coal- fired power plants that burn waste coal in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. August – October, 2008

The Sylvanian, Magazine of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club – Prepared map of coal-fired power plants and coal- fired power plants that burn waste coal in Pennsylvania. April – June, 2008.

Morgan County, WV Comprehensive Plan – Groundwater Risk-analysis. Analysis of groundwater resources vulnerability for County Comprehensive Plan. 2006.

Tucker County, WV Comprehensive Plan – Prepared ‘alternative futures’ scenarios for County Comprehensive Planning effort that provided economic impacts of various land-use development patterns based on existing conditions and proposed policy alternatives.  2005 – 2006.


Gilmer County, WV Enhanced Digital Flood Insurance Rate Mapping (E-DFIRM). Project Manager of delineation of floodplain mapping based on public input, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, and advanced laser terrain topographic data provided by LiDAR technology.  2005 – 2006.

Upper Chartiers Creek River Conservation Plan (RCP). Primary Investigator. In compliance with the Pennsylvania DCNR Watershed Management Registry.  Prepared for Chartiers Creek Nature Conservancy, Washington, PA. 2003.

Cross Creek Watershed Assessment, Protection and Restoration Plan. Project Manager and Primary Investigator. Prepared for the Cross Creek Watershed Association, Avella, PA. 2003.

Garrett County, MD Landfill Mapping Project. Project Manager and Primary Investigator. Prepared site analysis and preliminary methane monitoring plan for Garrett County Solid Waste Authority. 2003.

Donohoe Creek Watershed Assessment, Hempfield Twp., Westmoreland County. Prepared for the Westmoreland County Conservation District. 2003.

Dundon Bridge Replacement: Mussel Habitat Survey. GIS analysis and assessment findings presentation. Prepared for the WV Department of Transportation.  Clay, WV. 2002 - 2003.

Environmental Assessment, United States Department of Energy, Morgantown WV. Primary Investigator. Prepared for USDOE NETL. 2002.

Environmental Assessment, United States Department of Energy, Pittsburgh. Primary Investigator. Prepared for USDOE NETL. 2002.

Indian Creek Watershed Acid Mine Drainage and Abandoned Mine Land Mapping. Project Manager and Primary Investigator.  Prepared for the Mountain Watershed Assoc., Melcroft, PA. 2002.

Carbon Fuel Survey. Primary Investigator. Study involved spatial analysis of abandoned coal refuse as a fuel resource for proposed power plant.  Client confidential. 2002.

Morrisville Transportation Improvement Project (TIP) and NEPA Documentation. Prepared for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  Greene County, PA.  2002 – 2005.

Mill Run Creek, PA Fluvial Geomorphology Survey and Assessment. Surveyed stream health using Rosgen protocol and USDA Visual Assessment guidelines. Prepared for the Mountain Watershed Assoc., Melcroft, PA. 2002.

Upper Indian Creek Fluvial Geomorphology Assessment. Surveyed stream health using Rosgen protocol and USDA Visual Assessment guidelines. Prepared for the Mountain Watershed Assoc., Melcroft, PA. 2002.

Indian Creek Watershed River Conservation Plan (RCP). Primary Investigator. In compliance with the Pennsylvania DCNR Watershed Management Registry.  Prepared for the Mountain Watershed Assoc., Melcroft, PA. 2001.

Raccoon Creek Watershed Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) Survey and Preliminary Restoration Plan, EPA Section 104(b)(3) Document.  Project Manager and Primary Investigator.  Prepared for Raccoon Creek Watershed Association, Washington, PA. 2000.

Hinton, WV Area Fluvial Geomorphology Study for Highway Upgrades. Prepared for WVDOH. 2001.

MTBE (methyl tertiary-butyl ether) Study of Northern West Virginia. Prepared for the WV Dept. of Public Health. 2000 – 2001.

 

Conference Presentations

Benhart, J., Ghosh, S., and Hoch, R.J. 2015. Energy Production Patterns and Community Impacts in Pennsylvania: Data Access and Analysis to Inform Planning. Annual meeting of the American Planning Association – Pennsylvania Chapter (APA PA), Pittsburgh, PA.


Hoch, R. J. 2014. Community Underdevelopment and Environmental Injustice in the Energy Fields of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, Florida.

Hoch, R. J. and B. Begg. 2008. Ethics in Planning. American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Begg, B. and R. J. Hoch. 2008. Economic Analysis: Right Numbers, Right Results. American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Hoch, R. J. 2006. An Analysis of Fragmented Land-use Policy and Land-use Change: The Case Study of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. Session titled: ‘Planning and Urban Sprawl: Local and Regional Variations in the US sponsored by Regional Development and Planning group. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL.

Hoch, R. J. 2005. LiDAR Acquisition and Application. ASPRS sponsored session. The Pennsylvania Geographical Society, Greensburg, PA.

Hoch, R. J. 2005. Panelist in session titled: ‘Making Your Own Way: Grant Proposal Writing for Graduate School and Beyond’, sponsored by the Jobs in Geography Committee. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Denver, Colorado.

Hoch, R. J. 2004. Assessing the Relationship between Local Land-use Policy and Land-use Change in Metropolitan Pittsburgh.
Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, PA.

Hoch, R. J. 2000. Uneven Development of Nature: An Historical Geography of Ohiopyle State Park. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Pittsburgh, PA.

Hoch, R. J. 2000. Panelist in session titled: ‘Developing Geographies, Graduate Research on Regional Development and Planning’, sponsored by Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group. Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Pittsburgh, PA.

Hoch, R. J. 1999. Producing a Nature Landscape: A Case Study of Ohiopyle State Park. Annual meeting of the Middle States Division of the American Association of Geographers, West Chester, PA.

Invited Presentations

Center for Coalfield Justice. Landscape Today: Community Impact Summit. Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA. 2015.

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Institute of Geography. LiDAR data applications for identifying and quantifying physical and anthropogenic risks to cultural resources in Bulgaria.  Funded by the European Union. Sofia, Bulgaria. 2009.

IUP Geosciences Department Colloquium Series.  LiDAR data applications and acquisition process. 2009.

VerySpatial.com. Podcast #42 titled High resolution elevation data with Rick Hoch. May 27, 2006. http://veryspatial.com/?p=844

2nd Annual Appalachian Remote Sensing Conference. Developed and coordinated presentation titled LiDAR Operations, Processing and Applications. 2005.

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Stormwater management and asset assessment utilizing geographic information systems:  Preparing for the EPA MS4, Phase II Requirement. 2003.

Connellsville Area High School – Teacher in-service day. A GIS approach to teaching ecology in the classroom. 2003.


Awards

Endowed Doctoral Teaching Fellowship. Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, WVU. 2001.

Endowed Doctoral Teaching Fellowship. Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, WVU. 2000.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant. Department of Geography, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, WVU. 2000. Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant. Department of Geography, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, WVU. 1999. Related Training

River Morphology and Applications / Applied Fluvial Geomorphology (Rosgen II).  Wildland Hydrology Consultants. 2015.

REALM Survey Suite and ALTM Digital Aerial Camera, Remote Sensing (LiDAR) Data Processing Training Program. Optech Incorporated.  March 2005.

Natural Stream Channel Design / Applied Fluvial Geomorphology (Rosgen I), Wildland Hydrology Consultants. 2005. Presenting Data and Information, Edward Tufte. 2004.


GPS for Foresters – WVU Dept. of Forestry, 2001.

International Watershed Remote Sensing Workshop sponsored by the European Union and the US Department of Education; held in Xanthi, Greece. 2001.

 

Graduate Thesis Committees Served

Amanda Sommerer (graduated).  M.S.  IUP.  Department of Geography and Regional Planning. 2011 – 2014.  Committee Chair.

Joshua Steiner. (graduated) M.S. IUP. Department of Geography and Regional Planning. 2011 – 2012.     Committee Chair.

Noah Smith.  M.S.  IUP. Department of Geography and Regional Planning. 2011 – present.  Committee Chair.

Nicholas Holzdkom. (graduated) M.S. IUP. Department of Geography and Regional Planning. 2008 – 2010. Committee Chair.

Jacquelyn J. Core. (graduated) Ph.D. WVU, Department of Geology and Geography (Geography). 2009 – 2010. Sara Fortnam. (graduated) M.S. IUP.  Department of Geography and Regional Planning.  2008 -2010.
Janis Hardin. (graduated) Ph.D. WVU, Department of Geology and Geography (Geography). 2009 – 2011. James H. Bowers, Jr.  (graduated) Ph.D.  IUP, Department of Criminology. 2009 –2012.
Christopher Schaney. (graduated) Ph.D. WVU, Department of Geology and Geography (Geography). 2009 – 2010. Sandra Lange.  (graduated) M.A.  WVU, Department of Geology and Geography (Geography). 2008 – 2009.
Larry Kleitches. (graduated)  M.S.  IUP.  Department of Geography and Regional Planning.  2007 – 2008. Denyese Wyskup.  (graduated) Ph.D. WVU, Department of Geology and Geography (Geography).  2007 – 2011.
Michael Mandeville, M.A. (graduated) WVU, Department of Geology and Geography (Geography). 2006 –  2008.


Thomas A. Page, M.S. (graduated) WVU, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (Fisheries). 2004 – 2006.

 

Other Service

Department Search Committee Member for new Geography faculty hire. 2015-2016

Planning Accreditation Board Self Study Report, Co-preparer of the documentation for accrediting the program. 2015.

PAB Site Visit Team Member, Planning Accreditation Board. 2015.

Department Search Committee Member for new Geography faculty hire. 2014-2015.

Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association. 2014.

Chairperson, Education Committee of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association. 2014.

Planning Accreditation Board Self Study Report, Co-preparer of the documentation for accrediting the program. 2011.

LEED Advisory Group (committee for new college facilities).  IUP College of Humanities and Social Science. 2011.

Graduate Program Coordinator, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Geography and Regional Planning. 2010 - present.

Peer Reviewer, Geocarto International. 2011.

Faculty Mentor, McNair Scholars Program – Rosamaria Ponciano. 2010 – 2011.

Judge, Graduate Scholars Forum.  Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 2011.

Faculty Supervisor, Service Learning and Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania (SISPA) Program – Greg Kuckuck. 2010.

Plan Reviewer, Mountain Area Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan for the communities of Stewart Township (grantee), Wharton Township, Henry Clay Township, Springfield Township, Saltlick Township, Ohiopyle Borough, Markelysburg Borough. Fayette County, PA. Mackin Engineering.  [Plan winner of The Excellence in Township Planning Award by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (2010)].

Member/Partner, Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystems Unit / IUP Research Institute. University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD.

Member/Partner, Great Lakes – Northern Forest Watershed Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit / IUP Research Institute. Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota. St. Paul, MN.

Expert Witness, Fayette County Zoning Hearing Board. Testified as witness for the legal counsel hired by the Mountain Watershed Association and Youghiogheny Riverkeeper. Submitted oral and written testimony and map titled, ‘Public water supply, environmental, and cultural considerations for the proposed Curry mine site, Dunbar Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania’. 2009.

Poster Judge, Undergraduate Scholars Forum. Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Department Representative, University Senate, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 2008 – 2009.

Department Representative, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  2008 – 2009.


Peer Reviewer, Applied Geography. 2008.

Text Book Reviewer, Latin America and the Caribbean, 6th Edition. Blouet and Blouet. 2008. Wiley. New Jersey. Text Book Reviewer, World Regional Geography, 4th Edition.  Pulsipher. 2008. Freeman and Co. New  York.
Advisory Committee, Center for Coalfield Justice Unified GIS Project. The Center for Coalfield Justice, Washington, PA.

Education Committee, American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Southwest Section. 2008.

Accreditation Committee, Department of Geography and Regional Planning application preparation to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Planning Accreditation Board. 2007 – present.

Expert Witness, Pennsylvania Utility Commission Evidentiary Hearings. Testified about the use of GISc in the environmental assessment / planning process of the Allegheny Power Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line (TrAIL) project. Contacted by the Energy Conservation Council of Pennsylvania. 2008.

Technical Assistance Volunteer, Youghiogheny Riverkeeper (ongoing).

Technical Assistance Volunteer, Mountain Watershed Association (ongoing).

Board of Directors (Secretary), Mountain Watershed Association (2003 – 2004). Contact: Beverly Braverman.

Graduate Representative, Search Committee for Geography Program GIS and Natural Resources faculty position (spring, 2002).

Volunteer, The Institute for the History of Technology & Industrial Archaeology. Served as-needed for project needs (2000– 2001).  Contact: Dan Bonenberger.

Graduate Representative, Geography Graduate Program Committee, WVU (8/98 – 5/02).

Graduate Representative, Graduate Student Council, WVU (8/98 – 5/00).

Co-Organizer of field trip (w/ Lizabeth Pyle) for national meeting of American Association of Geographers, Pittsburgh, April 5, 2000. Field trip title: Recreational Retreats and Rural Landscapes in the Laurel Highlands.

Volunteer, Ohiopyle State Park (1996 – 1998) Contact: Barbara Drbal Wallace.

 

Remote Sensing Acquisition Projects (LiDAR and Digital Photography)

Ft. AP Hill, VA Drop-zone, 5,500 acres. Project Manager. Fee-for-services work for Northrop Grumman for the US Army. 2006.

Bay County, FL wetlands, 5,161 acres.  Project Manager. Fee-for-service work for GRW Consultants. 2006.

Ivy Creek Watershed, Albemarle County / City of Charlottesville, VA, 17,660 acres. Project Manager. Stakeholder Services work for The Nature Conservancy. 2006.

Clarksburg, MD Special Protection Area, 12,500 acres. Project Manager. Fee-for-service work for Lockheed Martin for the US Environmental Protection Agency. 2006.

Preston County, WV wetlands complex, 1,500 acres. Project Manager. Stakeholder Services work for internal use. 2006

Randolph County, WV wetlands complex, 200 acres. Project Manager. Stakeholder Services work for internal use. 2006.


Professional Organizations

American Institute of Certified Planners

American Planning Association / Pennsylvania Planning Association

Association of American Geographers

Pennsylvania Geographical Society

Pennsylvania Mapping and Geographic Information Consortium (PAMAGIC)

 


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