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Emeritus Professor of Geography 



M.S., General Studies - Social Science (1991): Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, Oregon Area of Concentration - Geography

B.S., cum laude, Geography (1978): Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, Oregon

Teaching Interests

Land Use Planning and Regulation, Local Geography, Geographic Methodology, Physical Geography, Conservation, Field Geography, Geographic Education, Geographic Internship Program

Professional Activities - Present 

  • Member and past Chair, Board of Trustees, Ashland Community Hospital
  • Member and past Vice Chair, Mt. Ashland Association
  • Member, American Planning Association - Oregon Chapter 
  • Member, Association of Pacific Coast Geographers 
  • Member, National Council for Geographic Education

Professional Activities - Past

  • Sanitarian/Soil Scientist, Jackson County Planning and Development
  • Planner, Jackson County Planning and Development
  • Citizen Involvement Coordinator, Regional Transportation Plan, Rogue Valley Council of Governments
  • Community Organizer/Researcher, "Commit to Quit," a joint project of Oregon Research Institute and the National Cancer Institute
  • Member, Jackson County Secondary Lands Advisory Committee
  • Member, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development Urban Growth
  • Management Task Force, Medford Case Study
  • Council Member and President, Ashland City Council
  • Member, Jackson County Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Coordinator, Oregon Geographic Alliance Summer Institute


Acklin, Patricia J., Master's Thesis:  Preserving Agricultural Lands - Focus on Jackson County, Oregon, 1991

Acklin, Patricia J., Settlement Patterns, Historical Accident, and Land Use Regulation in JacksonCounty, Oregon;
commissioned by the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, 1995

Awards and Recognition

  • Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, 1996
  • Women of Distinction Award, Soroptimist International of Ashland, 1995
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1991
  • Citizen of the Year, Ashland Chamber of Commerce, 1987
  • Outstanding Woman in Geography, American Association of University Women, 1978