Cindy Brewer has been a member of the Penn State faculty since 1994, and she currently holds an endowed position as the E. Willard Miller and Ruby S. Miller Professor of Geography. Her research and teaching focus is cartographic design. She has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and 60 additional publications and cartographic design resources, generating more than 2,000 citations. Brewer has authored four books, including the popular Designing Better Maps with a new edition published in 2016. She also is an affiliate faculty member at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS). In 2013, she received the Henry Gannett Award for Exceptional Contributions to Topographic Mapping from the USGS. She is also recognized as a distinguished teacher and received the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Mitchell Award for Innovative Teaching in 2005.