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John V. Cotter, PhD
Assistant Professor of Geography

Phone: 512-637-5613

Education
  • PhD in Geography at University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1986
  • MA in Geography at State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 1977
  • BA in Anthropology at State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 1974
Why I Teach

Teaching is about making connections with students. To be effective, I have to be willing to take chances and experiment. Different types of classes have different learning styles and require unique approaches. So I’m always ready to try a new direction if my game plan isn't working.

I teach because I enjoy it, and I hope my students can tell. Teaching is a constant challenge — a never-ending process of discovery. I can't imagine myself in any other career.