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ACSP Announces 2018 PhD Workshop -- Application Submissions Due 4/30!

Friday, April 6, 2018  
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The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and the ACSP Doctoral Committee invite doctoral students of planning working on their dissertation research to attend the 2018 ACSP PhD Workshop. The workshop will be hosted by University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on August 1-2.

About Our Host
ACSP would like to extend a special thank you to our local host school U Mass Amherst, one of the major public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. The Regional Planning Program in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning will host the workshop in its beautiful new facility which is fully accessible with seminar and conference rooms as well as a large lecture hall, exhibition area and teleconference room. The building has been featured in numerous architecture journals for its beauty and innovative use of structural timber as its main building component.

Who Should Attend?
The workshop attracts PhD students from planning programs around the world to gather and discuss the practical details of creating, producing, distributing and consuming planning knowledge among scholars. Workshop participants will learn to conceive, design, and present PhD-quality research to multiple audiences, including, most centrally, their peers. Students will advise one another as scholars pursuing unique research paths within a community of shared inquiry. The faculty work jointly as teachers, advisors, and coaches.

Here’s what past participants have to say about this hands-on workshop:

“The ACSP PhD Student Workshop gave me the opportunity to think and speak about my dissertation without distraction, and the engaged professors and peers in attendance lent clarity to my project at a critical juncture. I came back to my desk revitalized, ready to tackle my proposal, and perhaps most importantly, with a broadened network of excellent students and faculty interested in similar planning topics as me from universities across the country,” Valerie Stahl, Columbia University 

“The ACSP PhD Workshop was one of the best professional workshops I’ve attended in graduate school. During the workshop, I had the incredible opportunity to speak through my research with graduate students and faculty within other Urban Planning programs. This was helpful in terms of thinking more critically about how to present my research to different audiences, finding commonalities in the theoretical frameworks we were all drawing on (despite having very different research topics and approaches), and in terms of getting feedback on how to limit my research scope to remain feasible. I’m still in touch with a few of the participants I met at the workshop and we have had regular check-ins since,” Yasmin Zaerpoor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • 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.


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