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wentz-1-cropped_0Elizabeth Wentz, professor and director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, has been appointed dean of social sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Wentz received her doctorate from Pennsylvania State University, and her master’s and bachelor’s from Ohio State University. She came to ASU in 1997 to focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of Geographic Information Science technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing and spatial analysis.

Using these tools, she analyzes human activities, physical processes and the interaction between them. Wentz’s teaching has included geographic technologies, as well as research design and proposal writing at the graduate level. She is the author of a book, “How to Design, Write and Present a Successful Dissertation Proposal,” which grew out of her graduate teaching.

She was also National Councillor chair on the council of the Association of American Geographers.

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