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College of the Sciences

Bob Hickey

Dean Hall 234
Phone: (509) 963-2178


Bob 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, he 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, 2015-present), 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).

His teaching largely revolves around geotechniques (GIS, remote sensing, and cartography), though he also teaches Our Dynamic Earth, and team teaches an introductory Environmental Studies class.  In the fall of 2017, he will dive into teaching our department's capstone class.

His research revolves around GIS and remote sensing applications in environmental science and resource management. Bob is the author or co-author of over 22 peer-reviewed papers and numerous other publications and presentations.

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).

In his spare time, he can be found chasing his dog in the hills, pumping iron, making sawdust in his woodshop, or serving time on the county planning commission.  There's also his WoW addiction, though it's not nearly as bad as it used to be.

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