William B. Kory, PhD

Associate Professor

BA, Mathematics, State University of New York at Buffalo
MS, Geography, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio 
PhD, Geography, University of Pittsburgh (1977)

Office:  110A Krebs Hall

Dr. Kory has taught at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for over thirty years and serves as the chair of the Geography Department. His courses reflect his interest in topics such as political geography, geodemography, migration and ethnicity, among others. His regional specialties include Russia and the former Soviet Republics, Eastern Europe and Africa. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia and has traveled extensively throughout the world. His interest and study of the Greater Johnstown Region resulted in the creation of a number of courses which deal with various aspects of this area.

In the early 1990s, Dr. Kory with Dr. Mary Lavine instituted a formal Geography Major at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Since that time, dozens of geography majors have gone on to graduate programs throughout the country. A few continued on and earned their PhD degrees in Geography.

Dr. Kory is also the editor of THE PENNSYLVANIA GEOGRAPHER, a peer reviewed journal of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society. The journal, published continuously since 1963, has been produced at Pitt-Johnstown since 1989. 

Recognizing the need for community involvement, Dr. Kory has been serving as an elected council member of Southmont Borough since 1994.