Keith A Ratner

Keith A Ratner

Professional Details

Title: Professor
Office: MH-326D
Phone: 978-542-6226
Resume: Keith A Ratner [DOC 95KB]

Fall & Winter Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1006 S1 GPH903 Geographic Information Systems
3146 01 GPH105 Introduction to Geography
3165 01 GPH282P Global Environmental Issues
3166 01 GPH301 Introduction to Quantitative Geography
3169 01 GPH340 Geographic Information Systems
3708 D1 GPH400 Directed Study in Geography
3946 03 GPH400 Directed Study in Geography

Professional Biography

Dr. Keith A. Ratner is an Associate Professor of geography specializing in urban geography, urban and transportation planning, and GIS implementation and development.  He joined the Department of Geography at Salem State College in 1999 upon completing his PhD in geography at the University of Denver.  Prior to entering the University of Denver, he obtained a Master of Regional Planning from Penn State University, and a Bachelors of Science in Natural Resource Development from Michigan State University.  He worked for eleven years as a professional planner in New England at the local, regional and state levels of government.  His research projects since arriving at Salem State have included an investigation into the regionalization of transportation planning north of Boston, the use of three dimensional data for the determination of road lengths for federal reporting requirements, and the analysis of regional development changes related to transit oriented development in Denver, Colorado.

Professional Interests

"Identifying "True" transit oriented development (TOD) in Denver". NCIT grant project completed in 2011 and awaiting 2nd round of funding.

Public transportation in North America.


Graduate Program Coordinator, Geo-Information Science, Salem State University

Chairman, Salem State College Graduate Education Council

Coorinator, Salem State College Services in Lieu of Taxes (SILOT) program

Selected Publications

"Use of Orthophoto Imagery with Integrated Elevation Values to determine roadway lengths". $25,000 project with Massachusetts FTA Transportation Research Program.

"The issues and problems of regional planning in New England". North of Boston Regional Center

"Regional transportation planning in the parochial north of Boston area". North of Boston Regional Center

Selected Presentations

"Creating and Restoring Town and Village Centers: The Big Picture" Organizing for Community Developmnet Workshop, MA Department of Community Development

"Ride the "T" and See TOD in Metropolitan Boston" - Field Trip at Annual Meeting Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA

"The Changing World of Roadway Mapping and Measurement" - Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA

Member of Panel on "The Geographical Legacy of the American Freeway Revolt" - Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA

"Tracking the Land Use Impact of New Rapid Transit Development in Denver, CO". NESTVAL, Keene, NH.

Personal Interests

Riding Public Transit

Riding Bicycles


Being outside