Don Boyes, Professor, Teaching Stream


Administrative Position:
Academic Director, Arts & Science Online Learning Academy

Home Campus:
U of T St. George

University of Western Ontario (1999)

Other Degrees:
M.Sc. University of Western Ontario (1991)
B.Sc. Queen's University (1989)

Honours & Awards:
Canadian Association of Geographers Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography (2015)
President's Teaching Award (2014)
Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award (2008)
APUS-SAC Undergraduate Teaching Award (2001)
Dean's Excellence Award (2003-2006, 2009-2016, 2018)
Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society (2011)

Contact Information:

Phone:    (416) 978-1585
Fax:          (416) 946-3886
Location: Room 5011, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)

Twitter: @donboyes

Personal Website:

Research Interests:

  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Digital teaching and learning (online, blended/hybrid)
  • Information technology in higher education

Teaching This Academic Year:

Fall term, 2021:

  • GGR272 Geographic Information and Mapping I  (online, asynchronous)

Winter Term, 2022:

  • no courses


I’m the instructor for four online courses offered by Coursera and the University of Toronto:

  • Introduction to GIS Mapping
  • GIS Data Acquisition and Map Design
  • Spatial Analysis and Satellite Imagery in a GIS
  • GIS, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis Capstone

These are offered as a Coursera specialization. An overview video is available here.

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Haas, Barbara, Aristithes Doumouras, David Gomez, Charles de Mestral, Donald M Boyes, Laurie Morrison, and Avery Nathens. 2015. “Close to Home: An Analysis of the Relationship Between Location of Residence and Location of Injury.” The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 78 (4): 860-865.
  • Doumouras, Aristithes G, David Gomez, Barbara Haas, Donald M Boyes, and Avery B Nathens. 2012. Comparing Methodologies for Evaluating Emergency Medical Services Ground Transport Access to Time-critical Emergency Services: A Case Study Using Trauma Center Care. Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine 19 (9) (September): E1099–108.
  • Doumouras, Aristithes G, Barbara Haas, David Gomez, Charles de Mestral, Donald M Boyes, Laurie J Morrison, Alan M Craig, and Avery B Nathens. 2012. The Impact of Distance on Triage to Trauma Center Care in an Urban Trauma System. Prehospital Emergency Care: Official Journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors 16 (4): 456–62.
  • Gomez, David, Barbara Haas, Aristithes G Doumouras, Brandon Zagorski, Joel Ray, Gordon Rubenfeld, Barry A. McLellan, Donald M Boyes, and Avery B Nathens. 2013. A Population-based Analysis of the Discrepancy Between Potential and Realized Access to Trauma Center Care.  Annals of Surgery 257 (1) (January): 160–5.

Non-Refereed Articles

Recent Presentations

  • Post-graduate and career options in GIS: Where can I go from here?, Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society, University of Toronto, Nov. 2, 2017.
  • Personalized, problem-based learning using a blended course model, GIS in Education and Research Conference, Toronto, Oct. 11, 2017.
  • Is it live, online, or both?, Colloquium speaker series, Department of Geography, York University, February 26, 2016.
  • Welcome to my classroom, University of Toronto Teaching and Learning Symposium (invited), Toronto, Nov. 3, 2014.
  • Is it live, online or both? Teaching strategies for the new digital classroom, co-presenter with Franco Taverna, University of Toronto Teaching and Learning Symposium (peer reviewed), Toronto, Oct. 28, 2013.
  • Journeys: Mapping the World from a Laptop, co-presenter with Barbara Murck and Andrew Nicholson, University of Toronto Teaching and Learning Symposium (peer reviewed), Toronto, Oct. 28, 2013.
  • Giving students choices about when and where they learn: teaching GIS both online and in person, GIS in Education Conference (peer reviewed), Toronto, Oct. 17, 2013.
  • Opportunities in GIS education: meeting the needs of students, panel member with Bob Sharpe, James Boxall, Mark Lowry, and Kim Wallace, GIS in Education Conference (by invitation), Toronto, Oct. 17, 2013.
  • Online Learning – Beyond Content to “Aha moments” for Both Faculty and Students, panel member with Laurie Harrison, Steve Joordens, and Shafique Virani.  University of Toronto Teaching and Learning Symposium, (peer reviewed), Nov. 5, 2012, Toronto.
  • Inside, Outside, Upside Down: New Directions in Teaching and Learning, co-presenter with Lena Paolo Kushnir and Kenneth Berry.  University of Toronto Teaching and Learning Symposium (peer reviewed), Nov. 5, 2012, Toronto.
  • GIS in Higher Education, panel member with Joseph Berry, David Buckley, Andrew Lyszkiewicz, GeoTec Event (invited), Toronto, April 13-15, 2010.