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The Department of Geography is located on the fourth floor of Smith Hall (map), on the main University of Washington campus in Seattle.

Main Office Hours

Monday to Thursday: 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch).
Friday: 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch).

Mailing Address

Department of Geography
University of Washington
Smith Hall 408 A, Box 353550
Seattle, WA 98195-3550

Contact Information

Telephone: (206) 543-5843
Fax: (206) 543-3313


Department Chair and Staff

Department Chair: Sarah Elwood

Department Administrator: Lindsay Cael

  • Payroll and Human Resources
  • Budget and Strategic Planning
  • Policy and Procedures

Director of Academic Services: Nell Gross

  • Degree planning and registration 
  • Career counseling
  • M.A. and Ph.D. program admissions
  • Graduate School policies and procedures
  • Teaching Assistant assignments and evaluations
  • Time Schedule and department classroom reservations
  • Curriculum proposals and changes

Fiscal Specialist: Parwati Martin

  • Budget reconciliation, travel and non-travel reimbursements, and student award payments
  • Purchasing, Pro-cards, and office supplies
  • Workday coordination (including I-9 questions)
  • Facilities requests, including key orders and distribution

IT Systems Supervisor: Lisa Sturdivant

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