Steven Hick

Professor of the Practice of GIS; Director, GIS Distance Learning Program

MS (GIS) Online Program Director

What I do

Steven Hick is the GIS Director and Professor of the Practice in GIS in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Denver.



Professional Biography

For over twenty-five years Steven has been directing the Geographic Information Science (GISc) education and research activities in the department. Steven is currently the Director of the GIS Certificate Program and directs one of the nation’s first Master of Science degrees in Geographic Information Science. Also for fifteen years, Steven has been teaching crime mapping and analysis at the University of Denver. He also provides crime mapping and analysis technical assistance to law enforcement agencies across the country. Additional professional interests include Transportation and GIS. For three years Steven has been teaching Geographic Information Systems and Statistics in for the Executive Master's Program at the University of Denver Transportation Institute.
Prior to joining the University of Denver, Steven was a Technical Consultant at UGC Consulting from 1989 until 1994. Prior to moving to Denver, Steven was a Cartographer with the Defense Mapping Agency (NGA), based at Fort Sam Houston, Texas between 1985 and 1988. While living in Texas, Steven taught in the University of Texas system on the San Antonio and Austin campuses.

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Geographic Information System Professional (GISP)
  • FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate

Professional Affiliations

  • GIS Colorado
  • Organization of Biological Field Stations
  • International Association of Crime Analysts
  • Association of American Geographers


Currently working with UAVs in the collection and processing of high-resolution data for use in field research activities.

Areas of Research

Crime mapping and analysis

Featured Publications

Hick, S. R. (2004). Exploring crime analysis.
Hick, S. R. (2008). Naturally occurring retirement communities along the Front Range of Colorado atlas.


Hick, S. R. (2014). UAVs and GIS: What's on the Horizon in Geography and GIS?. Colloquium. University of Denver: Department of Geography and the Environment.
Hick, S. R. (2017). GIS at Altitude. GIS in the Rockies. Denver, CO: GIS Colorado.
Trigoso Rubio, E., & Hick, S. R. (2018). 20+ years of GIS at University of Denver. ESRI Education Summit. San Diego, California: ESRI.
Hick, S. R. (2016). Delivering Hyflex Courses. Hyflex online course delivery workshop. University of Denver: Daniels College of Business.
Hick, S. R. (2016). Career Passion . Rocky Mountain URISA Career Night. Emily Griffith Technical College: URISA.


  • Faculty Career Champion, University of Denver Career and Professional Development
  • National Geographic Society Certificate of Appreciation, National Geographic Society