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Department of History & Geography

Department of History & Geography

Amanda Rees


Amanda Rees


Dr. Amanda Rees

Position: Professor
Office: Yancey Center 350
Phone: 706-507-8358

Office Hours

Spring Semester, 2019
W 2:00pm-3:45 pm or by appointment.  
R 2:45pm-4:00pm
I can also be reached virtually during this time by 
Google Hangout (this is located in your CSU email account).


Ph.D., University of Kansas
M.A., University of Wyoming

B.A., (Hons) West London Institute of Higher Education

Specialty Area

Community Geography, Cultural Geography, Tourism, SAGEs (Stand Alone Geographers), Urban Geography


Dr. Rees has taught at Columbus State since Fall 2005, establishing the geography minor program the following year. In 2010, she established the Columbus Community Geography Center (CCGC) which she continues to coordinate. The CCGC is a community outreach program that connects community organizations who have a problem to solve with geographers who develop class-based projects to support the mission of those organizations.

In her introductory course, Dr. Rees creates a student-centered learning environment that asks students to use geographic concepts to solve problems. In her advanced classes, she uses a community geography approach that has her students engaged in service-learning projects as part of the CCGC. Recent course projects have included: developing a heritage trail and map for the Martin Luther King Jr. Outdoor Learning Trail; assessing the level of community garden activity in Columbus; analyzing food accessibility for the region’s Food Bank; and developing a history from the Chattahoochee River for whitewater river guides.

Rees chairs CSU’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Committee, and was awarded CSU's Outstanding Faculty in Study Abroad (2013).

Scholarly Activity

In 20018, Dr. Rees was awarded the 2018 Helen  Ruth Aspaas SAGE Innovator Award. Named for one of the founding members of the Stand Alone Geographers Specialty Group (SAGE), Dr. Helen Ruth Aspaas, this award recognizes outstanding and innovative Stand Alone Geographic Educators around the the country.

Dr. Rees has also turned her attention to her book project on the history of dude ranch tourism in the American West. A dude ranch is a place where dudes (male travelers from outside the region), and their female counterparts (dudeens) stay on a ranch, ride horses, sleep in log cabins and experience the West as if they were cowboys. Beginning in the 1870s, for many travelers this was the only way to experience the American frontier as a tourist. While dude ranchers (often men) usually portrayed dude ranching as a masculine activity, evidence suggest that it was women who made up the majority of “dudes” on dude ranches.

In 2016, Dr. Rees won a grant from Georgia Organics for "Identifying, Supporting, and Empowering the Columbus Community Garden Community Through Mapping."

She worked throughout Summer 2016 with three students majoring in art history, history, and middle grades education to:

  • prepare three research posters for presentation at SEDAAG (Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers) in South Carolina, November 2016.
  • submit Student Research and Creative Endeavors grants (SRACE) to support student travel to present their findings at the SEDAAG conference.

She has published:

  • Rees, A., Becker, B., Bryant, C., & Frazier, A. "Shaping OurSpace: Children's Engagement with Nature through Urban Planning & Theatre." In Children, Nature and Cities, edited by A.M. Murnaghan and L. Shillington. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2016: 171-195.
  • Becker, B., Rees, A., Frazier, A. & Bryant C. "Shaping OurSpace: When Theatre, Geography, and Pedagogy Mix." Theatre Symposium 23 (2015): 67-80.

She published the following digital humanities projects in partnership with her students:

  • Rees, A. and Cultural Geography students. (2016) Exploring the Past: Buena Vista, Marion County Heritage Tour. (Digital Humanities) Columbus Community Geography Center.
  • Rees, A. and Cultural Geography students. (2015) In Transition: The Visionary Art Environment of Pasaquan, (Digital Humanities), Columbus Community Geography Center.
  • Rees, A. and Urban Geography students. (2015) At the Crossroads: MidTown, Inc. 2005-2015. (Digital Humanities), Columbus Community Geography Center.

Her most recent conference presentations include: 

  • "Reno-vation and the Emotional Geography of Divorce Tourism in Reno, Nevada 1900-1970." 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 10-12, 2015.  

She attended the following conferences for professional development: 

  • Peace-scapes: Exploring Landscapes of Peace and Peacebuilding Conference, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, May 2-15, 2015.
  • Team-based Learning Collaborative 15th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March, 2015.