Jay D. Gatrell is Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and member of the geography faculty. Previously, he served as associate dean for budget & research in the College of Arts & Sciences. Jay has held appointments as the social science education, interim sociology chair, and an administrative fellow. Additionally, he serves as the editor of Applied Geography (2008-present) and the Book Review Editor (2006-2010) for The Professional Geographer, series co-editor for Springer’s Geo-Technologies and the Environment, and on the editorial boards of The Professional Geographer (2005-2008), RSAI's Regional Science Policy & Practice (2008-present), Open Journal of Geography (2007-2011), and The Industrial Geographer (2002-present). In 2007, Dr. Gatrell was recognized by the Association of American Geographers' Regional Development Planning Specialty Group as a Distinguished Scholar and was awarded ISU’s faculty award for the Community-based Scholarship.
Prior to coming to ISU, he held the position of Assistant Professor of Geography at Wright State University and served as a Faculty Associate at the WSU Center for Urban and Public Affairs during the 1999-2000 academic year. He earned a Ph.D. in geography from West Virginia University, M.A. in geography at The University of Toledo, and a B.S., magna cum laude, in political science from Eastern Michigan University. While in graduate school, he served as a teaching assistant (1994-1995 UT, 1996-1997 WVU), GIS research assistant/intern (1995-1996, UT GIS Center), and research assistant/associate for WV EPSCoR program (1997-1999).
On the personal front, he is a father of three—Forrest, Mary, and Ezra. Jay grew up in northern Michigan and has had various zip codes in four states: Michigan (Rudyard, Grayling, Gaylord, Detroit, Rochester Hills, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Newport), Ohio (Huber Heights), West Virginia (Morgantown, Sabraton), and Indiana (Terre Haute).