Camelia Kantor

Director of Academic Programs, USGIF

Dr. Camelia Kantor is the Director of Academic Programs at USGIF where she primarily manages the USGIF Collegiate Geospatial Intelligence Accreditation- design, updating and implementation of accreditation standards and procedures; competency-based curriculum development and evaluation; program accreditation through academic audits; and leadership of the academic consortium of accredited schools. In addition, she is one of the USGIF GEOINT Subject Matter Experts leading USGIF’s workforce development efforts within and outside of USGIF. Dr. Kantor also leads USGIF’s Scholarships, the Academic Advisory Board and Academic Planning Committee, and K-12 activities and outreach and serves as a liaison with the Certifications Governance Board to help build an education to professional career continuum in GEOINT. Prior to joining USGIF, Dr. Kantor was a tenured associate professor with nine years of college teaching and four years of K-12 teaching experience. Her teaching, curriculum and faculty development efforts have gained her recognition by the Association of American Geographers who presented her with the 2017 Dr. Helen Ruth Aspaas SAGE Innovator award (2017) for “an outstanding and innovative Stand Alone Geographic Educator”. She was also the recipient of the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year award from Claflin University and the General Board of Higher Education. Dr. Kantor was awarded curriculum, faculty and student development grants from NSF, Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and CREES at University of Michigan, the National Institute of Health, Eisenhower Transportation program, NYU, and the Department of Education. Dr. Kantor has a PhD in Geography from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania with a concentration in Human Geography, and additional academic credentials to include a master’s degree in Regional Planning with a concentration in Border Conflicts, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a Master of Educational Administration. Her research interests include geospatial intelligence education and training, social vulnerabilities, business intelligence and public health applications of geospatial intelligence.


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