Paporn Thebpanya

Associate Professor

Paporn Thebpanya

Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts,
Room 2356


Ph.D., 2003, Geography,
University of Georgia

Certificate, 2000, The University of
Georgia Graduate Certificate in
Geographic Information Science (GIS)

M.A., 1999, Geography.
University of Georgia

B.A., 1994, Geography, First Class Honors,
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Areas of Expertise

Physical geography

Map design

Introduction to GIS

Applied GIS

Research Grants

  • James Manley and Paporn Thebpanya. Effects of Climate on Human Capital Development in Peruvian Children: A Geospatial Investigation. Seed Funding from the School of Emerging Technologies, Towson University, MD. 2014. ($17,000 awarded)
  • Sudarat Hatfield (Chiang Mai University, Thailand) and Paporn Thebpanya. Developing a Three-Dimensional Linguistic Diversity Map to Serve as Research and Educational Tools for Revitalizing Endangered Languages: Case Study of Chiang Mai Dialect. Research Funding from the Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. 2013. ($5,000 awarded)
  • Martin Roberge, Linda Cooper, Felice Shore, Paporn Thebpanya, Virginia Thompson, Ming Tomayko. The Geomatics Academy III at Fairmont Heights High School. College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP), Maryland Higher Education Commission. 2009. ($ 121,245 awarded)

Selected Publications

Galdi, M. & Thebpanya, P. (2016). Optimizing school bus stop placement in Howard County, Maryland: A GIS-based heuristic Approach. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. 2016. (Forthcoming).

Thebpanya, P. and Bhuyan, I. (2015). Urban sprawl and the loss of peri-urban land: Case study of Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand. Papers in Applied Geography, 1, 43-49.

Thebpanya, P. (2010). Teaching spatial concepts to the visually impaired learner: Testing an auditory approach. Research in Geographic Education, 12(1), 5-20.

Professional Service

  • 2011 - present, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson University, Towson, MD.
  • 2005 - 2011, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson University, Towson, MD.