Bob Hickey came to CWU in 2000 as an Assistant Professor of Geography. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002, tenured in 2004, and promoted to Professor in 2009.
Prior to coming to Central, Bob worked in the Department of Spatial Sciences at Curtin University in Western Australia as a Lecturer and later a tenured Senior Lecturer (1997-2000). Before that, he was an Assistant Professor of Geography at the State University of West Georgia (1994-1996).
While at Central, Bob served in a number of roles, including Director and developer of the GIS Certificate program (2002-2013), President of United Faculty of Central (2006-2013), member of the Strategic Planning Task force (2010/11), Chair of the University Information Technology Advisory Committee (2001-2006), and member of the Faculty Senate (2004-2006, 2014-present). He also taught 14 different classes, most of which are geotechniques (GIS,Remote Sensing, and Cartography).
His research revolves around GIS and remote sensing applications in environmental science and resource management. Bob is the author or co-author of over 20 peer-reviewed papers and numerous other publications and presentations. Over the years, he obtained over $1.3 million dollars in grants/contracts as author, co-author, or senior investigator.
Bob holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Idaho (1994), a MS in Geology from Washington State University (1990), and a BS in Geology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (1987).