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Emeritus Faculty: Archie Dickey


A.A., Otero Junior College

B.A., Adams State College

M.S., Northern Arizona University

Ph.D., Arizona State University

At A Glance

Started 1971
Classes Taught Biology, General Botany, Identification of Az. Plants, Natural History of the Southwest, Plant Biology
Department Biology
Retired 1998


Cleary, Edward C, and Archie Dickey. Guidebook for Addressing Aircraft/wildlife Hazards at General Aviation Airports. Washington, D.C: Transportation Research Board, 2010. Print.

Dickey, Archie. Palynology of Hay Hollow Valley. MS thesis. Northern Arizona University, 1971. Print. 

Dickey, Archie. Vegetational Dynamics and Fire Succession in Chaparral-Ponderosa Pine Transition Zone. Diss. Arizona State University, 1984. Print. 

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Yavapai College Career

Dr. Archie Dickey started teaching full-time at Yavapai College in 1971.  He taught Biology, General Botany, Identification of Arizona Plants, Natural History of the Southwest, and Plant Biology.

The very first semester Dr. Dickey was here he started the Yavapai College Herbarium with twenty five of his own plant specimens. His intention was to establish a reference collection of flora from the local area. Over the years with summer trips and student field trips the collection grew to over 6,000 specimens. The Herbarium was used as a teaching aid in botany and other classes.

Dr. Dickey took his students on numerous field trips to increase their understanding of biology and botany and have hands-on experience in the field. He also initiated and helped develop the 2+2 program with Northern Arizona University in Environmental Science. This program allows students to take two years of classes at YC and then transfer to NAU to finish their Bachelor’s Degrees in two more years.

Committee Work: 

  • Biology Department Chair 1980-1996
  • Math and Science Division Chair 1996-1998
  • Faculty Association President
  • Professional Growth Committee 1984
  • Served on numerous college committees
  • Served as Yavapai College representative on state articulation task forces


  • Voted by students: a faculty member showing extra caring for students (1993)


  • Science Seminar on Ponderosa Pines. Feb., 1981

State Service:

  • Arizona Biological Conference, member for 27 years and President for 2 years
  • Active member of North Central Arizona Math and Science Consortium 

Dr. Archie Dickey retired in 1998 and was recognized as Emeritus Faculty in December, 2006.

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