UCGIS Committees

Communications | Education | Membership | External Relations | Research

Communications Committee

The role of the Communication Committee is to ensure timely communication between and among the Board, the Council and all members of UCGIS and between the UCGIS and individuals and organizations outside. As a primary vehicle for communication, the Communication Committee is responsible for the design, content and maintenance of the UCGIS website, and should also try to ensure that member institution's web sites are informative and up to date. Information to be available through the website includes, but is not limited to member portfolios, membership lists, bylaws, announcements, whitepapers, press releases, etc. Using appropriate web-based technology (e.g. push technologies, newsgroups, list servers, etc), the Committee will maximize the probability that relevant information reaches all delegates before each meeting of the council. The Committee also will develop methods and policies for distribution of a UCGIS Newsletter at least twice a year.

Committee Members:

Chen Xu, University of Wyoming (Chair)
Tony Giarrusso, Georgia Tech University
Daniel Goldberg, Texas A&M University
Diansheng Guo, University of South Carolina
Stephen Hirtle, University of Pittsburgh
Jun Li, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Chuanrong Zhang, University of Connecticut


Education Committee

"The education committee shall consider priority issues in geographic information science education and public service from which positions, policies, and strategies may be recommended for implementation by UCGIS and its member institutions at local, state, national, and international levels. Major issues might include trends in enrollments, adequacy of the number of graduates and their skills to meet marketplace demands, curriculum and courses, innovations in education, role of faculty and institutions, and other issues that affect education in geographic information science." (from the Bylaws)

Committee Members:

Ola Ahlqvist, The Ohio State University (Chair)
Amy Lobben, University of Oregon
David DiBiase, Esri
Douglas Flewelling, University of Redlands
Sven Fuhrmann, George Mason University
Xingong Li, University of Kansas
Steve Moore, University of Redlands
Jennifer Swift, University of Southern California 
Laura Tateosian, North Carolina State University


Membership Committee

The Membership Committee receives and reviews new membership applications; makes recommendations for acceptance to the Council twice annually; defines criteria for emerging categories of membership; and advises and assists in recruitment of new members. 

Committee Members:

Martin Swobodzinski, Portland State University (Chair)


External Relations Committee

The External Relations Committee fosters and maintains relationships of behalf of UCGIS with academic, federal, state, private, and non-governmental partners in the national and international geospatial community. In this role, the committee will provide interpretation and communication to UCGIS membership about federal, state, and non-governmental policy and legislation initiatives; assist the Executive Committee and Board in providing feedback and communication to entities regarding ongoing national and international geospatial policy and legislation development initiatives; advocate on behalf of the UCGIS membership for UCGIS developed policy positions or other positions UCGIS supports; and develop and advance UCGIS-derived policy on geospatial research and education. 

Committee Members:

Aaron Addison, Washington University at St. Louis (Chair)
Jeff Hamerlinck, University of Wyoming
Helmut Kraenzle, James Madison University (Repersentative to GISCI)
David Tulloch, Rutgers University (Representative to COGO)


Research Committee

"The research committee will articulate ongoing research priorities for advancing theories and methods in geographic information science; assess the current and potential contributions of GIS to national scientific and public policy issues; track federal and state programs, accomplishments, and needs; foster multidisciplinary research in geographic information science, particularly in support of national needs; and engage in other related activities such as appropriate recognition of outstanding research by faculty and students at its member institutions." (from the Bylaws)

Committee Members:

Jeremy Mennis, Temple University (Chair)
Jochen Albrecht, Hunter College - The City University of New York
Ross Meentemeyer, North Carolina State University
Wenwen Li, Arizona State University
Yongmei Lu, Texas State University - San Marcos
Wei Luo, UC Santa Barbara
Ming-Hsiang Tsou, San Diego State University
Xinyue Ye, Kent State University