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Dean's PageW. Andrew Marcus, Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences, oversees the operations of 42 academic departments and programs and approximately 2,300 employees in the College. (Click here to see an org chart of the College.)

Dr. Marcus sits on the President’s Executive Leadership Team, the Academic Leadership Team, the university Space Advisory Group, and the university Budget Advisory Group. In these capacities, he coordinates with other UO units to effectively manage and plan for the future of the entire university.

His leadership portfolio in the College of Arts and Sciences includes the supervision of five associate deans as well as strategic planning, budget and finance, personnel, space planning, college branding and internal and external communications. He personally works with development staff and donors to promote philanthropic giving to the College.

In his 15-year career at the UO, Dr. Marcus has also served as head of the Department of Geography (2008-11) and Associate Dean for Social Sciences (2011-13). He was promoted to Acting Dean in 2013 and Interim Dean in 2014. He was named permanent Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences in May 2016.


Dr. Marcus is a professor of geography whose research focuses on human impacts on rivers and the use of remote sensing technology to map and understand rivers. This work has led to six edited journal and book volumes and more than 50 refereed articles and book chapters. Much of his work has been in mountain environments and the Yellowstone ecosystem, which was a driving force behind the creation of the Atlas of Yellowstone, the first-of-its-kind atlas of a national park and its region. The Atlas has received four publishing awards, including the 2012 PROSE (Professional and Scholarly Excellence) Award for Physical Sciences and Mathematics, the top book award in these fields given by the 300 plus publishers who make up the American Publishers Association.

Professional and University Honors:

2012                Elected, Fellow of the Geological Society of America

2012                UO Wayne Westling Award for University Leadership and Service

2008                Durham University Distinguished International Fellow

2007                Faculty for Excellence Recipient, University of Oregon

2001-2008       Rippey Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon

2006-2007       Bray Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon

2005                The G.K. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphic Research, Association of American Geographers

1986                University of Colorado Teaching Excellence Award

1978                Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University


1987      Ph.D. in Geography, University of Colorado

1983      M.A. in Geography, Arizona State University

1978      B.S. in Geology, Stanford University

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Education and Community Service

2009-present   Central Asia Institute, Advisory Trustee  (1996-2003, founding board member and previous Chair and Vice Chair)

2009-present   Education Advisory Council, NatureBridge, Member.

1996-2007     Yosemite National Institutes, Vice Chair for Science and Education (1996-2002, 2004-2006), Chair of Education Committee (1996-2002, 2004-2006), and Trustee (1996-2007)

2000-2006      Olympic Park Institute, Trustee.

1995-1996      Bozeman District Schools, Social Studies Curriculum Review Committee

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