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One of our most important responsibilities as university professors is to convey both complex information and thinking skills to our students. The development of skills  and refinement of knowledge occurs both in the classroom as well as in informal settings - as such, I structure my courses to have significant elements of the learning process that occur independent of direct oversight of the professor and that also allow students the opportunity to work with one another. My course design includes problem- and inquiry-based learning, active learning activities to complement lecture, and a combination of assessment approaches tied to the overall course objectives.

I teach the core classes in our GIScience conentration at the University of Wyoming. These classes include our Introduction to GIS (GEOG 4200) and Advanced GIS (GEOG 4210). In addtion, I regularly teach Spatial Modeling and Geocomputation (GEOG 4220) and, depending on the semester, I teach a seminar course in GIScience for Business and Industry (GEOG 4240). I recently team-taught a graduate seminar on ecological topology with ecologist William A.  Reiners - this was one of the most interesting teaching experiences I have had to date. It was a pleasure to work with Bill and the graduate students during our exploration of a relatively ambiguous concept and I learned a great deal about how to prepare and run a successful seminar from an expert teacher and accomplished researcher.

Where possible, I have attempted to align my course objectives with the knowledge areas, units and topics outlined in the  GIS&T Body of Knowledge published by the AAG in collaboration with UCGIS.

For more information, please see the geography page on the University of Wyoming Bulletin, or download the course syllabi (in PDF format) below:

Introduction to GIS (GEOG 4200)
Advanced GIS (GEOG 4210)
Spatial Modeling and Geocomputation (GEOG 4220)
GIScience for Business and Industry (GEOG 4240)