Dr. Mehmet Aritan
Dr. Aritan joined the Geography & Earth Science Department in 1979. He has traveled extensively in many different regions and countries. Through his travels, Dr. Aritan has gained first hand experience with diverse physical environments, cultures, and peoples, thus regarding himself as a "World Citizen".
His research interests include the regions of the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and Africa. Much of Dr. Aritan's research has focused on socio-economic development and urbanization trends in, and the medical geography of these regions.
Dr. Aritan serves as Treasurer and has previously server as Chairperson of the West Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers. He is also a member of the advisory board to the International Studies Program at UW-L.
Dr. Aritan retired in May of 2009. More on his career and many achievements can be found here.
Ph.D. 1983 University of Kentucky
M.A. 1975 University of Kentucky
B.A. 1973 University of Nebraska
GEO 110 World Cultural Regions (every semester); class satisfies the Gen Ed requirement for Global & Multicultural Studies
GEO 304 Geography of Europe (every third semester)
GEO 312 Geography of Africa (every third semester)
GEO 331 Geography of the Middle East & Asia (every third semester)
Dr. Mehmet T. Aritan
Geography / Earth Science
2011 Cowley Hall
Dr. Mehmet Aritan Retires
After a distinguished career that spans more than 30 years in the classroom, Dr. Mehmet Aritan retired at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 school year. Dr. Aritan joined the Geography and Earth Science Department in August 1979, and has dedicated 30 years of service to the state of Wisconsin, federal government, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, geography discipline, and his local community. Throughout his career, Dr. Aritan has thoroughly enjoyed engaging students to become better "citizens of the world" and increasing their awareness of the cultures and environments that surround them.
Throughout the years, he has traveled extensively in many regions, four continents, and twenty countries of the world as a student, tourist, observer, and teacher. Through these activities Dr. Aritan has gained first hand knowledge and experience of diverse physical environments, cultures, and peoples. Thus, he considers himself a “World Citizen”. In the words of a friend, Tom, he’s been there and done that!
A geography teacher in high school influenced Dr. Aritan so
that he regarded geography the only subject to pursue for the
rest of his life. Consequently, world became a field of study.
Living on one continent and attending school on another on a
daily basis naturally changes one’s perspective. Get a map to
Originally interested in physical geography, in graduate
school Dr. Aritan’s interests included human/cultural geography
as well. Eventually, he wrote his PhD. dissertation on urban
settlements with poor residents.
Later, he added medical geography to his interests as the
Ebola outbreak in
Dr. Aritan, therefore, taught courses in
physical geography and world regional in his career of over 34
years altogether, including teaching assignments at UW-L,
His course offerings included;
His course offerings included;
|GEO.110-World Cultural Regions||GEO.328-Geography of the
|ESC.121-Weather and Climate||GEO.331-Geography of the
|ESC.122-Maps and Landforms||GEO/ESC.450- Internship in Geography & Earth Science|
|GEO.210-World Regional Geography||GEO/ESC.490/590 –Independent Study in Geography & Earth Science|
||INS.495 - Graduate Level "Readings in Geography"|
||GEO.675-Topics for Teachers|
Dr. Aritan has the following degrees;
certificate with geography emphasis from
BA in geography and a minor in geology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1973
MA in geography from
PhD. in geography from
Among the many contributions of Dr. Aritan to both the discipline of geography and to UW-L include:
|Organized and conducted of the AAG’s West Lakes Division Conference (UW-L campus) 1989|
|Treasurer for AAG’s West Lakes Division 1990-2008 for which he was awarded the “Bill Miller” distinguished service award|
|Chairmanship of the AAG’s West Lakes Division, 1989-90|
|With the late Dr. Ronald Weinkauf, conducted an NSF workshop for area teachers in application of computers to classroom teaching, Summer 1985|
|Two Symposium on African Droughts and Famines|
|Advisor to the International Studies Program|
|Advisor to the International Students’ Organization|
|Advisor and Coach to the Soccer Team|
|Advisor to a UW-L Fraternity|
|Designer and Coordinator of the World Cultural Regions (Geo. 110) – a UW-L General Education requirement|
|Received four grants; two of which were external|
|Reviewed several proposals and manuscripts for; the NSF, Growth and Change periodical Man and Universe (Insan ve Kainat) periodical|
|Attended numerous international, national, regional, and local conferences and presented research papers|
|Published 5 articles, book sections, software and book reviews|
|Served on university Senate Committees including; International Study, Minority Affairs, Physical Facilities committees|
|Was awarded Writing Emphasis Certification|
|Was nominated for the most accessible teacher award|
Dr. Aritan plans to take some time off
before he attempts to write his contemplated articles/book on
many subjects from population explosion to globalization and the
consequences. He also plans to travel using
Dr. Mehmet T. Aritan
through the Geography & Earth Science Department’s Academic Department Associate (608)785-8333.