Provost of Carthage College from 2010 to 2014, Julio Rivera teaches courses in marketing, management, geographic information science (GIS), satellite image interpretation and urban, economic and cultural geography.
He has brought students to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, as part of a service-learning course in the Geography and Biology of Nicaragua. He has directed numerous undergraduate student senior thesis projects, many of which were presented at regional and national conferences. He was the recipient of the 2002 Carthage College Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Rivera is a national leader in the in the undergraduate research movement and is the Immediate-Past President of the Council on Undergraduate Research, where he serves on its executive board and was named its volunteer of the year in 2005. He regularly serves as a consultant to other colleges and universities as they develop undergraduate research programs and is part of two National Science Foundation grant programs to expand opportunities for students.