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Bob Mings served on the faculty of Arizona State University from 1970 to 1997. His teaching included world regional geography, Latin America, recreation, and research methods. His geographic research focused on travel and tourism, with an emphasis on southwestern snowbird movements. In 1992, he co-founded the Arizona Geographic Alliance, which works to strengthen geography education in Arizona.
As a Professor Emeritus of geography, Mings continues helping plan and conduct Alliance functions such as GeoFest, Alliance Summer Geography Institutes, and GeoDayTrips. Along with Malcolm Comeaux, Bob is a co-recipient of the coveted Wilbur Murra Award from the Arizona Council for the Social Studies, in recognition of their lifelong service to the field of social studies.
The variable impact of seasonal travel and tourism upon geography, namely the places to where tourists journeyed