Richard H. Jahns Lecturer at UWG

 October 13, 2016 - Jerry DeGraff, Adjunct Professor at California State University Fresno and this year’s American Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists R.H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer, presented a talk to the UWG Geosciences Department titled “Dealing with hazardous mine openings – blasting is not always a good option,” on October 13.

Jerry Degraff, Jahns Lecturer at talk

Geosciences River Cleanup near Campus

October 1, 2016 - The Geosciences Department partnered with the Upper Tallapoosa Watershed Group and Rivers Alive to host a river cleanup on the Little Tallapoosa River.  Twenty-nine volunteers cleaned up 43 bags of trash from the river near the UWG campus.

River cleanup volunteers with their haulGeosciences Students attend National Conference

September 30, 2016 - Geosciences students Nick Smith and Chandler Hosey along with Geosciences faculty Brad Deline, Chris Berg and Tim Chowns presented research results at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, Colorado this week.

Nick Smith at GSA Conference in Denver

UWG Geology major Nick Smith presents his research poster at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, Colorado. 

Geosciences Department is seeking a Geography Instructor

Full-time Instructor (Geography) -- University of West Georgia

The Department of Geosciences at the University of West Georgia invites applications for a full-time instructor position in Geography beginning January 2017. At least a Master’s Degree in Geography is required. We are looking for a broadly trained geographer comfortable teaching courses and labs in human and physical geography as well as intermediate and advanced courses in her/his area of expertise. The applicant will be expected to teach the equivalent of four courses per semester. 

The University of West Georgia (UWG) is a comprehensive regional public university located an hour west of Atlanta in Carrollton, GA. Part of the University System of Georgia, UWG has a total enrollment of more than 12,000 students and is growing annually. Geosciences is housed in the Callaway Building, which includes faculty offices, large classrooms, seminar rooms, as well as GIS and physical geography labs.

Applicants should submit a single PDF that includes a cover letter, CV, brief statements of teaching and research interests, transcripts, and contact information for a minimum of three references to Dr. Hannes Gerhardt at Review of applications will begin on October 20th, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. UWG is an Equal Opportunity Employer; applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in academia are encouraged.  Questions should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Hannes Gerhardt at

UWG Geosciences Department donates over 400 pounds of rocks, minerals, and fossils to local teachers

rock donation


Amanda York (UWG Geology alumni) is shown above with Randa Harris receiving samples donated for her classroom by the Geosciences Department.  York is the STEM lab and science lab educator for Bremen Academy.  Samples have also been donated to many other local teachers.





Asbog Moves To UWG!


The National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®) recently moved its headquarters from Columbia, SC, to the University of West Georgia, Department of Geosciences.  Dr. Randal Kath (UWG Geosciences Department) is currently president of ASBOG®.
ASBOG® serves as a connective link among the individual state geologic registration licensing boards for the planning and preparation of uniform procedures and the coordination of geologic protective measures for the general public.  One of ASBOG®'s principal services is to develop standardized written examinations for determining qualifications of applicants seeking licensure as professional geologists. State boards of licensure/registration are provided with uniform examinations that are valid measures of minimum competency related to the practice of the profession.  Thirty states (including Georgia) currently follow ASBOG® standards and require the ASBOG® exam as a condition of professional licensure. A growing number of Geology programs (including the University of West Georgia) also use the ASBOG®  Fundamentals of Geology Exam as an exit exam for program assessment purposes.  For more information please visit ASBOG®’s web site at

Dr. Rose In AMS Twitter Feed 


Dr. Rose is a part of the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Climate Studies Diversity Cohort which is focused on increasing STEM participation among underserved students in the geosciences. Recently she was featured in the AMS Education’s twitter feed for her participation at the AMS 2015 annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ.





Last year the Department of Geosciences awarded $11,200 to students majoring in Geography, Geology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and Global Studies.