Limited Term Faculty Spotlight

Theresa AndersenTheresa Andersen

Dr. Theresa Andersen is a Limited Term Assistant Professor of Geography at Kennesaw State University. She teaches physical geography courses, including Weather & Climate and Landforms. She received a BS in Meteorology from Iowa State University, and MS and PhD degrees in Geography from the University of Georgia. Her research has focused on hurricanes, tornadoes, surface–atmosphere feedbacks, and science communication.




Anil GangadharanAnil Gangadharan

Anil started his teaching career after leaving his first job, as an assistant meteorologist, from Government of India in 1986. He joined as an assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kerala, India in 1988. Anil has taught various courses in meteorology at the graduate level, carried out research on meteorological aspects of air pollution, and supervised Ph.D. students. He was promoted to an associate professor of meteorology in 1998, and continued his teaching and research in India until 2001. Anil came to the U.S. in 2001 and is still continuing his passion, teaching. Anil joined Kennesaw State University in 2010 as a part-time assistant professor.

Anil received a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics with Physics and Statistics as minors (University of Kerala, 1979), a Master's Degree in Meteorology (University of Cochin, 1981), and a Ph.D. in Air Pollution Meteorology (Cochin University of Science and Technology, 1986).


Josh GillilandJosh Gilliland

Dr. Joshua M. Gilliland graduated from The Ohio State University in June 2009, earning a Bachelor of Science (undergraduate) degree in Geography with a concentration in Atmospheric Sciences and a minor in Earth Sciences with a focus in Environmental Studies. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Western Kentucky University and earned a Master of Science degree in Geosciences, with a graduate certificate in Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) in August 2011. In 2017, Josh earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geography from the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Gilliland came to Kennesaw State University in August 2019, where he serves as a Limited-Term Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology. Currently, he teaches introductory-level physical geography and GSS courses for the department at KSU.

His current research interests are in physical geography, post-tropical (extratropical) meteorology, climatological assessment of high-wind events in North America, analyzing wind speed characteristics of South America, hazard mitigation, and GIS applications in meteorology and climatology.

If you would like to learn more about his research and academic background, please visit his personal ResearchGate page or please email him at for more information. ResearchGate Website:


Tamara SpikesTamara Spikes

 Tamara Spikes is an Adjunct Professor of Geography at Kennesaw State University. Prior to her role at Kennesaw State University, she taught Introduction to Weather and Climate at Georgia State University. Skilled in data collection, environmental compliance, and environmental health and safety, Ms. Spikes has performed environmental monitoring, which includes air, water and surface contamination, to identify potential exposure risks in the industrial, commercial and healthcare settings. Along with her dedication to the field of Environmental Science and STEM education, she has a passion for Environmental Health and Justice and fuels said passion by increasing the knowledge and understanding of health and environmental justice amongst Atlanta’s marginalized communities. Ms. Spikes has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research that focused on water quality issues, urban flooding, environmental gentrification, and the social and environmental determinants of health impacting Atlanta’s urban core. Ms. Spikes is a proud graduate of Spelman College and Georgia State University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s of Science Degree in Geosciences respectively. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering with her local alumnae chapter, cooking and spending time with loved ones.


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