- Fulbright Award (1960)
- Fulbright Award (1959)
John F. Hart served on faculty at Indiana University for twelve years teaching geography. Prior to his life in academia, he served for three and a half years in the navy as a naval intelligence officer during World War II before receiving his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1950. He then went on to teach at the University of Georgia for six years prior to joining IU's faculty. Hart started at IU in 1955 as an assistant professor of geography teaching until 1967. He left IU for an appointment on the geography faculty in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota where he taught for 50 years until 2015, serving as the university's oldest professor. Throughout his years of teaching, his specialties have included cultural geography, farms, geographic writing, maps, and rural demographics, to name a few, while his publications have mostly focused on aspects of rural landscapes in the Midwest and in the South.
While at IU, Hart received a Fulbright lectureship at the University of Lille, France in 1959 and one in 1960 to lecture at the University of Durham, England. He is also the recipient of a Distinguished Teacher Award from the National Council for Geographic Education, a Geographical Society of Chicago Publication Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2001, he received a Vouras Medal from the American Geographical Society of New York. Hart also served as president of the Association of American Geographers.