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Department of Geography


Geographers are interested in the spatial patterns observed on earth. Bridging the natural and social sciences, Geography is the interdisciplinary study of environments, and how people interact with the environment. As such, Geography is an integral part of a university education, and the Department of Geography at Ohio University offers a wide range of both introductory and advanced courses.



Our faculty are productive scholars and excellent teachers committed to their students. Teaching and research interests include environment and society, globalization and development, landforms, ecological and atmospheric systems, and geospatial techniques such as GIS and remote sensing. The Department of Geography offers a number of undergraduate major tracks, minors, and certificate programs, as well as the opportunity to join several student groups. Our Masters students benefit from attentive advising and mentorship. Graduates of our program are prepared to meet the challenges of a professional career or the pursuit of an advanced degree.


We welcome the opportunity for you to get to know us better by exploring this web site. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.

Rural Development Faculty Position Available

The Department of Geography invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Rural Development, with specialization in the areas of poverty and/or inequality and related expertise in community, development, or environmental sustainability, beginning in fall of 2015. A focus on the Appalachian region is strongly preferred, though we will welcome applications from candidates whose research focuses on other rural geographic areas within the U.S.


For full consideration, the application deadline is  October 27, 2014.


For more information and to apply, visit


For more information about the Athens area, see Ohio and Athens: A Welcoming Community.



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Contact Us:


Dr. James Dyer


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Amy Meeks

Administrative Associate

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Dr. Dorothy Sack

Graduate Chair

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Dr. Geoff Buckley

Undergraduate Chair

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Dr. Risa Whitson

Curriculum Chair

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