Dr. Dorothy (Dottie) Ives Dewey

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Biography

Dr. Ives Dewey is a Professor of Planning and Chair of the Geography and Planning Department. She has served on the faculty since 2005, and served as the Interim Associate Dean of the College from 2013-14. Prior to coming to WCU, she had a 15-year career as a professional planner in the Philadelphia region. Much of her teaching, research and service work draws on her professional experience. She has taught over twenty different courses ranging from introductory planning courses to advanced planning studios. She incorporates real world applications and technology, especially geographic information systems (GIS), at all levels of teaching. Dr. Ives Dewey’s areas of specialization include land use planning, economic development planning, politics of land use, and strategic and comprehensive planning. She has published research in a range of areas including land use politics; fiscal impacts of different types of land uses; economic transformations of suburban communities, and more. Her current area of research explores the ways in which suburban communities are adapting to climate change. Her career in higher education is fueled by a passion for learning and knowledge creation. She believes that Universities play a crucial role in preparing citizens for a world rapidly transforming by technology, globalization and a changing climate. She hopes that through her teaching, research and service that she can inspire and support her students to achieve their potential and bring positive change to the community.                                                                    

Education and Professional Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • MPL, University of Southern California
  • BA, Lafayette College
  • AICP American Institute of Certified Planners
  • PP Professional Planner in New Jersey

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