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Tom Schmiedeler is an Assistant Professor of Geography who grew up in the Smokey Hills of north-central Kansas in the small town of Tipton, where his father and mother operated a general store. He earned a B.A. degree in English from St. Mary of the Plains College, Dodge City, in 1971, and a teaching certificate from the Cooperative Urban Teaching Education program then operating from Wichita in 1972. For the next decade he worked for the Kansas State Grain Inspection, Salina, and traveled extensively to Europe and Asia, including an overland trip from London to Delhi, India and other parts of South Asia. In 1981 he began the master's program in geography at the University of Kansas and eventually earned a doctorate in geography from K.U. in 1990. His dissertation work on frontier forms of towns in a six-county area of north-central Kansas has evolved into a study of frontier forms of Midwestern county seats. He is also interested in the evolution of small-town Kansas and the Kansas landscape. Other research interests include the cultural significance of landscapes depicted on road map covers, and the geographical patterns of generic place names. 

Email: tom.schmeideler@washburn.edu

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