David A. Padgett is an Associate Professor of Geography, and Director of the Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) Laboratory at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee. He has developed a Geography/ Environmental Justice curriculum with a strong emphasis upon service learning. He has previously developed and taught geography and geographic information systems (GIS)-related courses at Austin Peay State University (Tennessee) and Oberlin College (Ohio). He has conducted faculty GIS workshops at the annual HBCU Faculty Development Conference, the National Service Learning Conference and several colleges and universities including Howard University, Virginia State University, and the Charles R. Drew University of Science and Medicine. Since establishing the GISc Lab in the summer of 2000, Padgett has supervised several undergraduate research assistants on a variety of service learning projects the topics of which include: community-based global positioning systems (GPS) mapping to improve public transit accessibility, GIS-supported homeless population mapping, and GIS mapping of Nashville’s Red Cross emergency shelters. The GISc Lab has developed working relationships with a variety of grassroots groups, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Many of the students Padgett has taught over the past 16 years have graduated and are now gainfully employed in GIS-related occupations.

Since 1992 Padgett has been the Owner and Chief Consultant of GEO-Mental, a multi-faceted environmental consulting firm.

He is the Project Manager and Co-Author of “The Best Cities for African Americans” cover feature series for Black Enterprise Magazine – May 2007, July 2004, and July 2001, the author of “Nashville: An Experience in Metropolitan Governance” in Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity, Robert D. Bullard and the co-author (with Heather O’Hara, M.D.) of “Urban Food Deserts and their Potentially Negative Impacts upon Low-Income and Black Communities in Nashville, Tennessee” in The State of Blacks in Middle Tennessee – December 2010.

Padgett is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Florida at Gainesville. He currently resides near downtown Nashville, Tennessee.