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Geography Proposal FAQ's

  • Geography instruction has a long history at the University of Wyoming and one that has taken different shapes in response to the state’s changing needs. Currently, a number of factors make it important to reorganize geography instruction, research, and service at UW so as to maximize our resources, meet the needs of our students and assure that the discipline thrives at the UW of the future. The discipline of geography is clearly tied to the University’s vision in the way that it seeks to understand the social and environmental challenges of today in order to create a sustainable, diverse and equitable world for tomorrow.  The University deeply values the discipline of geography.  As such, it will continue to be taught as an integrated and stand-alone subject to support  interdisciplinary education at UW, to prepare our secondary education teachers, and contribute to a new suite of high-demand degrees in Geographic Information Science and Technology.
  • With this reorganization, all tenure-track, tenured and extended-term academic personnel from the current Geography department will be re-homed into academic units suitable to their expertise. This process will be governed by the A&S policy on faculty line transfers.  All currently enrolled students will be able to complete their degrees, or move to new degrees, as they see fit.  UW will proudly also continue to house and coordinate the Wyoming Geography Alliance.
  • While there is insufficient faculty capacity in the Geography Department for its current degree programs, this proposal retains faculty expertise, foundational courses, and the minor in Geography, while simultaneously moving UW in a direction that supports new programs in spatial sciences.  This includes a new proposed Geographic Information Science and Technology curriculum, among the most employable and in-demand undergraduate degree nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Faculty with geography expertise across numerous academic units will continue to collaborate and create new frontiers in research in spatial sciences.
  • Admissions into all Geography programs, except for the minor in Geography, will be suspended until further notice.
  • The Provost has already presented the proposal to the faculty of the Geography department. Both undergraduate and graduate students currently in the programs have been notified, as have incoming students who have expressed interest in Geography.

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