College of Arts and Sciences
Geosciences and Natural Resources
Lara Bryant is a geography instructor in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management. She was formerly an Associate Professor of Geography at Keene State College, in Keene, New Hampshire. She comes to Cullowhee with a range of experience in geographic education from ten years teaching Geography in both rural and urban secondary public schools, to twelve years offering Geography classes geared toward pre-service education majors in higher education. She earned her Masters of Applied Geography and Doctorate in Geographic Education from Texas State University-San Marcos. At Texas State she was actively involved in the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education in a multitude of roles including teacher consultant and conference coordinator. In New Hampshire, Bryant was also the coordinator for the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance, and was engaged in geography education outreach programs with the public-school system throughout New Hampshire. Here at Western State University Dr. Bryant oversees the Geography Minor program within the department.
Dr. Bryant teaches Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Political Geography, Introduction to Geospatial Analysis and the Regional Geography courses.
Dr. Bryant’s research interests include GIS in secondary education, affective education, informal geographic education, and spatial cognition. She has received numerous state and national awards for her activities related to curriculum development, building partnerships between schools and private industry and geographic education research.