About Associate Dean Rich

Julie Rich is Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences plus Professor of Geography at Weber State University. Dr. Rich earned her B.S. degree from Weber State College, her M.S. degree from the University of Utah and a D.Phil. in Geography at the University of Oxford, Oxford England.

Rich's research interests include arid environments and environmental change with research concentrating on Quaternary paleoclimates and geochronology using optical (luminescence) dating methods. Her research has been included in journals such as Quaternary Science Reviews, Aeolian Research, Quaternary International, Radiation Measurements, and Current Research in the Pleistocene. She teaches natural environments, weather and climate, arid lands, Utah studies, and advanced regional field studies.

Dr. Rich has traveled to 99 countries and has involved students in global humanitarian programs, building women’s training centers, educational centers, and providing clean water to villages in developing countries. She is the recipient of multiple awards including Weber State University’s Outstanding WSU Faculty Mentor, Crystal Crest Master Teacher Award, Hemingway Collaborative Award, John A. Lindquist Award, and the American Red Cross International Hero Award. She has presented her research both nationally and at international conferences in England and Italy. She is committed to high impact learning and collaborating with colleagues across campus to create a dynamic educational environment for students. 


Julie Rich

Associate Dean, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences