Dr. Darrell Kruger


Doctor of Philosophy in Geography, Minor Anthropology (1994)
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Master of Arts in Geography (1990)
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Honors Degree in Geography (1988)
University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg), South Africa.

Bachelor of Arts in Geography (1987)
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Kruger is a full professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Appalachian State University. Most recently he served as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at Appalachian State University from 2015 to 2020. Under his leadership as Provost Appalachian: enrollment grew to 20,000 students; added 46 new fulltime faculty positions to support enrollment growth; student and faculty diversity increased significantly; graduation and retention rates rose to all-time highs; academic space grew to include the opening of the new $70 million Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences and Howard Street Hall; opened the Major General Edward M. Reeder, Jr. Student Veteran Resource Center; opened the Academy at Middle Fork (K-5) in Winston-Salem; added 30 high demand undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs; had a successful 5th Year SACS-COC accreditation review; saw the creation of AppState Online previously distance education; and Appalachian ranked first as a master’s comprehensive university for faculty Fulbright recipients. Dr. Kruger has secured more than $4.4 million in external grants and contracts from federal and private foundations including the National Geographic Society and State Farm Insurance. Prior to his tenure as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, he served as Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of New Orleans (2013-2015.) He spent more than a decade (2002-2013) at Illinois State University where he taught as a faculty member before serving as Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (2011-2013), Associate Dean of the College of Education (2005-2010), and the Director of the Illinois Geographic Alliance (2002-2013) promoting K-20 geographic literacy working with the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. He was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2010-2011 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kruger started his higher education career at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (1995-2002) where he taught undergraduate and graduate geography courses and served as the Co-Director of the Louisiana Geographic Education Alliance (2001-2002.) At the University of Louisiana at Monroe he was awarded the Tom and Mayme Scott Endowed Professorship in Teaching Excellence.

Research Interests

Historical-Cultural Geography, South Africa, Pietermaritzburg-Umsunduzi, Geography Education

Courses Taught

World Geography
Human Geography
Louisiana Geography
Cultural Geography
Africa and Australasia

Research Profile

Dr. Kruger is a cultural-historical geographer. His primary research methodologies include archival research, ethnography, and field research. Dr. Kruger received a Ph.D. in Geography with a minor in Anthropology from the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University. The late Dr. Sam B. Hilliard served as his dissertation and thesis advisor and mentor. Dr. Kruger studied with Mr. Robert F. Haswell (Geographer, Alderman, Mayor, and Member of Parliament) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. 

Peer-Reviewed Publications (Selected)

Murley, L., Gandy, S. K., Sublett, M., and Kruger, D. (2014). A Large Scale Teacher.

Professional Development Endeavor: The Lincoln Tri-State Institute. Teacher Development: An International Journal of Teachers' Professional Development, Volume 18(2): 198-210.

Kruger, D.P.; Gandy, S.K.; Brown, Randy; Bechard, Amber; and Williams, Diane. (2009). "Fulbright Group Projects Abroad to South Africa: Voices from the Journey,” Journal of Geography, Volume 108(4): 102-116.

Lucey, T. A., Kruger, D. P., & Hawkins, J. M. (2008) “Grasping the Foundational Roots of Economic Perceptions: Pre-Colonial West Africa and the Bantu,” In T. A. Lucey and K. S. Cooter (Editors) Financial Literacy for Children and Youth, pp. 316-334. Athens, GA: Digital textbooks.

Kruger, D.P. and Gandy, S. Kay. (2006). “Main Street in the Curriculum: A 15 Town Case Study,” Journal of Geography, Volume 105(2): 73-86.

Kruger, D.P. (2004). “From Nationalism to Idealism: Curriculum 2005 and Public Education in South Africa,” Chapter 5 in International Education Systems and Contemporary Education Reforms, edited by Adel AL-Bataineh and Mohamed Nur Awaleh.

Kruger, D.P. (2004). “The Illinois Geographic Alliance Mentor Project,” pp. 251-253 in Expanding Horizons in a Shrinking World International, Proceedings of the Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Education in association with International Cartographic Association Children and Cartography Commission, edited by Alaistair Robinson (Glasgow: Scotland).

Kruger, D.P. and Gandy, S.K. (2004). “South Africa’s Changing Heritage Landscape Through the Lens of the Fulbright-Hays 2003 Seminar,” The Pennsylvania Geographer. Volume 42(1): 51-73.

Book Reviews

“The Courthouse Square in Texas,” Robert E. Veselka, edited by Kenneth E. Foote. Book reviewed for Historical Geography. Volume 29. (2001)

“Geography of Louisiana,” David C. Johnson and Elaine G. Yodis. Book reviewed for Historical Geography. Volume 28:303-305. (2000)

“Colonial South Africa and the Origins of the Racial Order,” Timothy Keegan. Book reviewed for Historical Geography. Volume 27: 230-231. (1999)

“From Colonization to Democracy: A New Historical Geography of South Africa,” Alan Lester. Book reviewed for the Journal of Historical Geography. Volume 24(2): 230-231. (1998)

“Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa,” edited by Samuel Aryeetey-Attoh. Book reviewed for the Journal of Historical Geography. Volume 23(3): 386-387. (1997)

“Beyond the Tryline: Rugby and South African Society,” edited by Albert Grundlingh, Andre Odendaal, and Burridge Spies. Book reviewed for the Journal of Cultural Geography. Volume 16(2): 121-123. (1997)

"The Geography of Change in South Africa," edited by Anthony Lemon. Book reviewed for the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Volume 86(3): 599-602. (1996)

Title: Professor
Department: Geography and Planning

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