Urban Planning

Tenure Track Public Policy Position

The Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for a tenure-track mid-level assistant or associate professor, to begin September 1, 2015.  Review of applications will begin November 15 and continue until filled.

Please click here for full details and to apply.

Occidental College Faculty Search

The Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College invites applications for a senior scholar at the associate or full professor level. The position includes an appointment with tenure. The position will begin in the fall of 2015.

The Department invites candidates from a range of disciplines, including urban planning, economics, sociology, political science, environmental studies, geography, law, public health, and others. Candidates are expected to hold the Ph.D. degree or terminal degree in their field and have a significant track record of successful research, publication, grant-funded projects, and teaching. We are also open to considering non-traditional candidates with extensive professional and community experience with demonstrated research and teaching but who may not have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree.

Click here for full information and to apply.

UAA Pre-conference Workshop

The Urban Affairs Association will host a pre-conference workshop on urban education policy advocacy on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  Entitled Connecting Research to Urban Education Activism, this workshop will bring together scholar activists who are conducting or want to conduct research in one of the areas listed below and related areas. Participants will briefly discuss their research, identify others who are conducting similar research, explore ways to support and collaborate with activists, and identify venues for disseminating the work in ways that reach audiences beyond the academy.  In addition, the workshop discussants will describe strategies for navigating the academic tenure/promotion system while engaging in policy advocacy and direct engagement outside of the academy.  Continue reading

Research Justice: A Symposium Exploring Community Engaged Scholarship

The American Cultures Engaged Scholarship program at the University of California, Berkeley and the DataCenter invite proposals for Research Justice: A Symposium Exploring Community Engaged Scholarship, taking place April 24, 2014 at the University of California, Berkeley.  The Symposium will hold a critical conversation about university-community partnerships that take the form of community engaged scholarship, particularly focusing on how this work can support movements for social justice. Proposals are due February 14, 2014.

Read more and apply to be a presenter here

Image by the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship program at the University of California, Berkeley 

Is Equitable Development Possible in the 21st Century? Prospects and Possibilities for Washington DC

On March 27, 2014, ONE DC and The George Washington University will co-sponsor an equitable development symposium entitled “Is Equitable Development Possible in the 21st Century? Prospects and Possibilities for Washington DC.”  The keynote speaker for this inaugural symposium will be Dr. Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and executive director of PolicyLink. In addition, the symposium will include two panel discussions; one on equitable development at the national level and the other focused on equitable development in the DC region.  Panelists will include scholar activists, academics, students, policy advocates and community organizers. Continue reading

Civic Media: Collaborative Design Studio

The Civic Media: Codesign Studio provides a service-learning opportunity for students wherein they are organized into multidisciplinary, diverse teams that work together with a community partner to create civic media projects based on real-world needs. The studio is also a space for shared inquiry into the theory, history, best practices, and critiques of various approaches to community inclusion in iterative stages of project ideation, design, implementation, testing, and evaluation. Continue reading

Many Urban Planning Students Enroll in Civic Media Course

Many students in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) are enrolled this fall in Civic Media: Codesign Studio, a course offered through the school’s Comparative Media Studies Department.  In fact, the TA for the course is DUSP PhD.  Check out the class blog to get a glimpse into how comparative media studies and planning education and practice intersect for these students.

You can read more about the course here.  We have also posted this course under syllabi


Image by Civic Media: Codesign Studio

Transforming Cities and Minds through the Scholarship of Engagement

Written by engaged scholars and practitioners,Transforming Cities and Minds is an “instrument-for-action” on the problems faced by U.S. cities that have suffered from decades of disinvestment. The book advocates the concept of reciprocal knowledge: real learning on both sides, campus and city, through a complex network of human relationships.

Across the country from Camden to Oakland, the contributors engaged with community partners–hospitals, churches, community development corporations, community foundations, and other rooted institutions–to help restore old cities to life. Their collaborative thesis project engaged them with one another and university staff; it may offer a new paradigm for graduate education. Continue reading

A City-Campus Engagement Theory From, and For, Practice

This article tells a story of practice, a story of theory, and how each informs and transforms the other through a two-way flow of people and knowledge from a city to a campus and back again. By reflecting with fellow participants on the events and outcomes of a sustained city-campus partnership, the author introduces a theory of engagement from and for practice, and strategies such as investing in human relationships and using instruments-for-action. Continue reading

MIT@Lawrence Partnership

MIT@Lawrence is a sustained, multi-faceted partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the City of Lawrence, MA, a small, ethnically diverse city 30 miles northwest of Boston. Over the partnership’s 10-year history, faculty and students from many MIT programs have worked together with Lawrence residents, civic institutions and community-based organizations to address problems facing the city. Projects have addressed abandoned and foreclosed property management, neighborhood revitalization, and “cleaning and transforming” polluted canals and alleyways. Continue reading