Phil Gersmehl is Professor and Director of the New York Center for Geographic Learning, Department of Geography, Hunter College, City University of New York. He has worked with geographic alliances in 23 states, as well as with similar groups in Canada, England, Japan, Korea, and Russia. He was Director of the ARGUS Project and Codirector of the ARGWorld Project, both funded by the National Science Foundation and other sources, and both administered by the Association of American Geographers. Prior to moving to Hunter, he worked on Distance Learning courses for the Continuing Education and Extension program at the University of Minnesota, and on a number of instructional computing projects for IBM and for several university programs. A highlight of his work at that time was a pilot TV episode for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He is the author of two textbooks, Physical Geography and the Language of Maps, a regular contributor to the journals of several professional societies, and the recipient of awards for research and geographic education.