• B.A. College of the Atlantic, 1991
  • M.R.P. Planning, University of Pennsylvania, 1992

Before COA

Mr. Longsworth has over 30 years of experience developing and teaching Geographic Information Systems. He has held the position of GIS Laboratory Director since 1993. Mr. Longsworth was introduced to GIS as an undergraduate at College of the Atlantic and was a lead student in the establishment of the GIS Laboratory in 1988. 

Scholarly and Creative Interests

Since then, he has supervised and collaborated on numerous projects for federal, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, universities, companies, and individuals. His primary duties are teaching GIS classes and workshops, and assisting other classes with the application of GIS. He enjoys the challenge of tackling projects from all academic disciplines. 

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Gordon’s strengths are in teaching COA students applied ways of using GIS to suit their particular needs and interests. His passion lies in sending his students off into the world with the best tools and education possible to tackle the many challenges that face them in their respective vocations.

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Gordon earned his Masters in Regional Planning under environmental planning pioneer Ian McHarg, at the University of Pennsylvania. Ian McHarg wrote the 1969 landmark classic ‘Design with Nature’, and was very influential in the startup of the College of the Atlantic and why COA is about Human Ecology.

Gordon also teaches traditional Okinawan karate to faculty, students, staff and alumni of COA during the academic terms.

Honors and Awards

Awarded the Faculty Medal in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in what is now the Stuart Weitzman Scool of Design.

His most notable achievement is in the development of the GIS program at COA from start-up to what it is today.

Other notable achievements include a 2008 Special Achievement Award in GIS from ESRI, Inc. on behalf of the college.


He has had maps selected for publication in the prestigious, annual ESRI Map Book. His students have gone on to earn advanced degrees, win awards, hold key positions, become teachers and start businesses.