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A Closer Look with Award Winner Howell Baum

Monday, January 30, 2017  
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2016 JPER Top Reviewer Awards: Editorial Board Members

Howell Baum
University of Maryland College Park

ACSP recently connected with Howell to find out more about this accomplishment.

How did you feel when you won the award?
It is satisfying to believe I have been helpful to editors in assessing manuscripts and helping authors improve them. In writing reviews, I have tried to be clear about what questions authors have addressed and what they have found and argued, and I have tried to offer constructive criticism, calling attention to big issues and offering authors suggestions regarding how to address them cogently.

Whom do you want to thank?
My colleagues John Forester and Charlie Hoch have taught me a great deal about writing clearly and persuasively. Both have done editorial work for journals and have emphasized the importance of writing explicitly and coherently regarding method, findings, and argument.

What inspired you about reviewing for JPER?
Planning depends on developing and using knowledge. Reviewing for JPER is a way that I can serve the community of planners by contributing to the improvement of planning knowledge. I have worked with a number of editors, and I have been impressed by how seriously they take their responsibility for disseminating knowledge. Their commitment is a strong motivation to take time for reviews.

What’s next?
I’ll continue to review as long as editors find my work helpful.

Howell's Bio
Howell Baum is professor emeritus of urban studies and planning at the University of Maryland College Park. He has published books and articles on community development, planning theory and practice, psychology, race, and education. He writes short stories about desires in human relationships.

About ACSP Awards
Each year ACSP is proud to honor faculty and students who have distinguished themselves or made major contributions to the academy or to the profession via outreach efforts, public service or for service to ACSP, the Academy, or the profession. A complete listing and history for all awards can be found at


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  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.