Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs Faculty and Staff

Levin Staff

Mark Salling

Mark J. Salling, Ph.D., GISP
Senior Fellow and Research Associate
Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS) and Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University

Office Location: UR30
Phone: 216.687.3716

Dr. Salling is a Senior Fellow and Research Associate in the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs. At the university since 1981, he has served as the Director of the College’s Northern Ohio Data & Information Service (NODIS). He holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from Kent State University and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Cincinnati. While semi-retired, he stays active in research and public service.

Dr. Salling has been active in the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) since 1982, is a past board member, twice a recipient of the Association’s service award, and was the editor of the URISA Conference Proceedings for 19 years. Until 2017, he served as a member of the Core Committee of URISA’s GISCorps, which matches GIS professionals to volunteer opportunities in underprivileged communities and for humanitarian projects, particularly in developing countries. Dr. Salling was formerly Chairman and Key Person for the Cleveland Census Statistical Areas Committee and served on the Council of the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP), representing higher education.

Dr. Salling has authored papers dealing with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), public participation GIS, voting rights, redistricting, poverty, residential mobility, environmental equity, demography, computer applications in planning, and data dissemination. He has taught courses on GIS, urban geography, statistical and computer methods, and demography. He continues to teach GIS workshops and is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) by the Geographic Information Systems Certification Institute (GISCI).

Areas of Expertise:

  • Census and Related data
  • Data Usage and Analysis
  • Demography
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Poverty, race, ethnicity, and social equity issues
  • Redistricting and Voting Rights
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Social and Neighborhood Indicators
  • Community and Neighborhood Development
  • Survey Design and Analysis