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Geography and Planning


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Geography and Planning

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Geography and Planning
College of Business and Public Management
Fifth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2343

Name: Dr. Dottie Ives Dewey
Position: Department Chair

Name: Heather MacQueen
Position: Department Secretary



Our very own Professor Gary Coutu and our students' work featured on CBS Philly. Click here to view footage.


To view Eric's ArcScene, click here.


  • Former grad student, Jacob Siegel, will spend 27 months in Madagascar volunteering for the Peace Corps. Read article here.
  • Congratulations to Katelyn Thompson and Rich Simpson, the 2016 George Fasic Planning Scholarship Recipients. Read more about this year's winners, click here.


NEW FALL 2016 . . . the Geography & Planning Department has launched a new undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Urban and Environmental Planning (click here for advising sheet).

The BS Urban and Environmental Planning program is designed to prepare graduates to work as professional planners, geographic information systems (GIS) analysts, and environmental specialists and in related fields. The program will ensure students are trained with cutting-edge geospatial technologies and with a deep knowledge of local and regional sustainability concerns.

The program is unique due to the full integration of geospatial technologies and sustainability throughout the curriculum. Geospatial technologies have been rapidly expanding and evolving in recent years. An abundance of spatially-oriented information is emerging from aerial photography, satellite remote sensing, image processing, global positioning systems (GPS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Geospatial technologies permeate all layers of society with GPS-enabled smartphones, to real-time traffic maps, to increasingly more sophisticated data availability from satellites and other remote sensing sources.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently identified the geospatial technology sector as one of the three technology areas that would create the greatest number of new jobs over the next decade.

The focus on sustainability will result in a curriculum that incorporates more solutions to some of our greatest contemporary challenges, such as uncovering solutions and adaptations to global climate change. Considering the multiple components of sustainability, the program offers the integration of economic development, environmental protection, social priorities and place-based problem solving.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in the public, not-for-profit, and public sectors. Whether planners, environmental specialists or GIS analysts, the program provides future practitioners with the knowledge, technical skills, and values to enable them to become effective professionals.

For more information, please contact Dorothy Ives Dewey, Ph.D., AICP, PP, Chair of the Geography & Planning Department, Professor of Planning,, 610-436-2746.

2016 Alumni Spotlight

Sarah Bubka


  • Middle States AAG & Pennsylvania Geographical Society (PGS) joint conference, Nov. 4-5, Altoona, PA. A number of faculty members (including Dr. Welch, Dr. Coutu, Dr. Heckert and Dr. Katirai) will also attend the joint conference of the Middle States AAG a the PGS in Altoona. Click here for more details.
  • Pennsylvania Planning Association (PPA) Conference Oct. 16-18 in Allentown, PA. The annual PPA conference is a gathering of professional planners and planning academics. Click here for program details.Three faculty members willattend the conference (Dr. Coutu, Dr. Ives Dewey and Dr. Fritschle). Please contact Dr. Ives Dewey if you are interested in attending. This is a great opportunity to meet planning professionals, network, and learn about recent projects and initiatives in the planning community. Many alums of the Geography & Planning department typically attend the conference.
  • West Chester University now offers a 12 credit On-Line Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Review of International Geographical Education Online (RIGEO) is an on-line geographical education journal publishing 2 issues per year, and is based on the principle of making research freely available to the public. See what it has to offer. \
  • Here is the spring 2016 newsletter for the Middle States Division (MSD) of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). It contains a call for nominations for the ‘program in excellence' award for non-Ph.D. granting geography programs in the region that offer master's level degrees, as well is information about our upcoming fall 2016 meeting in Altoona, PA November 4-5.