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M. Duane Nellis, American academic administrator. Recipient Outstanding Contributions award Association American Geographers Remote Sensing Specialty Board, 1995; grantee National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, since 1985.


Nellis, M. Duane was born on July 26, 1954 in Spokane, Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Marvin B. and Sophie Ann Nellis.


Bachelor of Science, Montana State University, 1976. Master of Science, Oregon State University, 1977. Doctor of Philosophy, Oregon State University, 1980.


Assistant professor department geography Kansas State University, Manhattan, 1980-1986, associate professor department geography, 1986-1990, professor department geography, 1990-1997, department head department geography, 1987-1994, director Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, 1990-1994, associate dean College Arts and Sciences, 1994-1997. Dean Eberly College Arts and Sciences West Virginia University, Morgantown, 1997—2004. Provost Kansas State University, Manhattan, since 2004.

Chair board directors Kansas State Research Foundation, Manhattan, since 2004, Snowshoe Institute, Charleston, West Virginia.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Perspective on Applied Physical Geography, 1997. Co-editor: Contemporary Rural Systems in Transition, 1993. Co-editor Geocarto International Journal, since 1999.

      Contributor chapters to books and articles to professional journals.


President Kansas Academy of Sciences, Emporia, 1990. Member Council Colleges Arts and Sciences (research universities committee member 1999-2002), Association American Geographers (national councilor 1996-1999, president 2002-2003, John Fraser Hart award for research excellence contemporary agriculture and rural land use specialty group 1991, Honors award 2001), National Council for Geography Education (president 1994), American Society Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Gamma Theta Upsilon (president 1999-2000), Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Travel, running, reading.


Married C. Ruth Nellis, June 21, 1975. Children: Jonathan Duane, Jason Scott.

Marvin B.

Sophie Ann Nellis

C. Ruth Nellis

Jonathan Duane Nellis

Jason Scott Nellis