Faculty and Staff

Levin College Staff

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

Office Location: UR30
Phone: 216.687.3716
Email: m.salling@csuohio.edu


Dr. Salling is a Senior Fellow and Research Associate in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and, since 1981, Director of the college’s Northern Ohio Data & Information Service (NODIS) at CSU. Though semi-retired, he manages a team of researchers, programmers, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialists, and student employees involved in data dissemination, demographic analysis, and urban and GIS applications.

Dr. Salling is Chairman and Key Person for the Cleveland Census Statistical Areas Committee. He also serves on the Council of the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP), representing higher education. Dr. Salling has been active in the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) since 1982, is a past board member, and was the editor of the URISA Conference Proceedings from 1986 to 2004. He is a member of the Core Committee of GISCorps which matches GIS professionals to volunteer opportunities in underprivileged communities and for humanitarian projects, particularly in developing countries. He was the recipient of URISA's 1988 and 2000 Service Awards.

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

Areas of Expertise:

  • Census data
  • Data Usage and Analysis
  • Demography
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Poverty
  • Race and Ethnicity Issues
  • Redistricting and Voting Rights
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Social and Neighborhood Indicators
  • Community and Neighborhood Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Survey Design and Analysis