Joe Quinn


B.A. in Psychology from Colgate University

M.A. in Geography from Appalachian State University

State of North Carolina Teaching License (Spanish, Math, Science)

Research and Teaching

Adjunct Instructor since 1999. Currently teaching Geography of North Carolina.

Previous teaching: Introduction to Physical Geography, World Regional Geography, Geography of Asia, United States and Canada.

Positions held:

  • Senior Instructor and Course Director, North Carolina Outward Bound School
  • Appalachian State University Director of Outdoor Programs
  • Classroom Teacher: New Hanover County Schools and Watauga County Schools
  • Spanish Translator and Interpreter for Watauga County Schools 
  • Reader and Scorer for Advanced Placement Human Geography Exam

Research interests include historical transportation geography (especially railroads), the American West, and the pre-Columbian peoples of the Americas, with special interest in Vilcabamba, the last stronghold of the Inca.

I enjoy alpine mountaineering – have climbed and explored in Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and Costa Rica in Latin America, and in the Cascade and Teton Ranges of the United States.

I have lived in Watauga County since 1974, and am a summer resident of Victor, Idaho.

I have a wonderful wife, Dale Harrington, former biology lab manager and instructor at Caldwell CC&TI-Watauga Campus, now retired. We have two children and four grandsons. 

Title: Adjunct Instructor
Department: Geography and Planning

Email address: Email me

Office address
Rankin Science West 286


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