Stuart R. Challender


Assistant Teaching Professor

 2002 to present

Contact Information:

Office:   Traphagen Hall 202
Phone:   (406) 994-7566

Office Hours Fall 2015:

M 2:00-3:00 pm
R 9:30-11:00 am


Master of Landscape Architecture, MLA, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Utah State University, 1986
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, BLA, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Utah State University, 1985
Bachelor Degree in Plant and Soil Science, Montana State University, 1977

Courses Taught:

GPHY 284 - Intro to GIS Science & Cartog
GPHY 384 - Adv GIS and Spatial Analysis
GPHY 484 - Applied GIS & Spatial Analysis
GPHY 504 - GIS Research Fundamentals

Professional Activities:

Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP)

  • Board of Directors, Chair Professional Development Committee, 2010
  • Conference Workshop Coordinator. Intermountain GIS Conference. 2001 to 2014.
  • Conference Workshop Instructor. Intermountain GIS Conference. 2001 to 2011.

Manager, Professional Education Programs. Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center, 1989 - 2000. Coordinated development of and taught a variety of GIS related workshops and courses offered to professionals in Utah and surrounding states..

Adjunct Instructor, Geography 516, "Raster Based GIS." University of Utah, Spring Quarter 1997.

ESRI Certified ArcView Instructor, 1996 - 2000.

Co-instructor, URISA Workshop "Introduction to GIS"

  • Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference, Anchorage, AK, February 1996
  • Utah Geographic Information Council Annual Conference, 1995
  • GIS/LIS 1995 Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

Adjunct Instructor, Developed and taught "Introduction to Geographic Information Systems," Geography 492, Section 51. Weber State University, Spring Quarter 1990.

Lecturer and teaching assistant, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Utah State University, 1983-1986.

Selected Publications:

"The Marias River Project: Archaeology, Geology, and Ecology in 2003 at The Goose Bill (24CH887) and Sparrowhawk (24CH301) Archaeological Sites," John W. Fisher, Jr., Michael P. Neeley, James G. Schmitt, David F. Pac, and Stuart R. Challender, Marias River, Montana. To be submitted to the Bureau of Land Management, Great Falls Field Office. In preparation.

"The Use of Parcel Data in Development and Analysis of Alternative Growth Strategies for Utah’s Greater Wasatch Area," Presented at the Annual URISA Conference in Chicago, Illinois, August 1999.

"Planning for Growth in the Greater Wasatch Area," Presented at the 1999 National Geodata Forum, Washington DC, June 1999.

"Rebooting the Brain - GIS, Databases & the Internet," Presented at Planners' Round-up 1995, The Western Planner, Utah APA, Park City, Utah, August 1995.

"The Use of Isochrones for Determining Geographic Access to Rural Healh Care," Presented at the Annual URISA Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 1994.

"Isochrones: A method of Tracking and Analyzing Geographic Access to Rural Health Care." Co-authored by Stuart Challender and Jan Root. In Geo Info Systems, June 1994, pp 33-34.

"The Use of Cooperative Agreements between Government Agencies for Database Development," Presented at the Annual URISA Conference in Washington, DC, July 1992.

"Legislation for the Creation of a State Geographic Information Database in Utah," Co-authored by Stuart Challender, Dennis Goreham, and Richard North. Papers from the Annual URISA Conference in San Francisco, CA, August 1991.

"Implementing and Operating a GIS," Plenary Speaker, Presented at Montana GIS Conference, Bozeman Montana, December 1991.

"GIS Applications for Regional Planning," Presented at the American Society of Landscape Architects Utah Chapter Annual Meeting, St. George, UT, February 1990.