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Individual Membership

Individual membership is open to anyone who wishes to participate in the full-range of ACSP’s planning education and research activities. Individual members may attend meetings of the Association, participate in discussions and deliberations, serve on or chair committees, but may not vote or hold office (ACSP Bylaws, revised 2014).

  • Individual Faculty Membership - Faculty from non-member schools, planning practitioners, colleagues from planning academia.
  • Retired Faculty Membership - Emeritus faculty from any school with a planning program or program affiliated with planning are eligible. ACSP understands the rewards to everyone of keeping you involved and participating with your planning colleagues.
  • Student Membership - Students currently enrolled in a school with a planning program or a program affiliated with planning should consider membership! Post-Docs can consider themselves in this category of membership.

All individual members shall receive services and publications as described below.


Benefits of Membership

Peer Recognition

  • Eligible for Awards - Faculty, Retired Faculty and Students as Individual Members are eligible for most ACSP awards, travel scholarships and prizes. 
  • Planning News - Relevant news added almost daily.
  • Member News - A quick scroll down the Planning News page is where you can view what is happening at ACSP's Member Schools.
  • Planner Profiles - ACSP regularly features Planner Profiles on our website. These profiles highlight outstanding planning students, recent alumnae and faculty.


  • Annual Conference –Individual Members receive a reduced registration rate for the Annual Conference which attracts nearly 1200 faculty and students from across the United States and from around the world. The conference offers an opportunity to present research, get feedback, and network for future collaboration. Peer-reviewed abstracts are the foundation for the nearly 200 academic paper sessions, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions at the conference. Additional exhibits and workshops provide opportunities to interact with book publishers, journal editors, and vendors of products relevant to planning education and research.
  • AICP CM Credits –Certification Maintenance credits needed to maintain your AICP credential are easily gained by attending sessions at every ACSP Annual Conference.

Journals and Publications

  • Weekly Email Newsletter - Emailed to everyone (3000+) with an account at, this newsletter provides recent headlines from the ACSP Planning News including news from ACSP, Member News, ACSP Annual Conference highlights, faculty announcements, most recent job position postings, deadline reminders, and much more.
  • Planning Blogs - Regular additions to our blogs provide insights and expertise on urban and regional planning education and research.
  • Discounted Subscriptions to JPER - Membership dues will provide a print and on-line annual subscription to the Journal of Planning Education and Research, the official journal of the ACSP, with complete access to issues dating back to 1981 (normally a $149 value for an annual individual subscription).
  • Online Access to Other Journals - SAGE Publications, as publisher of JPER, will also provide to Individual Members, online electronic access as available, to the volumes published in calendar year 1999 and thereafter of the Journal of Planning History, the Journal of Planning Literature, and Planning Theory.
  • Discounts on Book Purchases - Additionally, members will be entitled to a ten percent (10%) discount off the retail price of SAGE Publications' books (such discount to apply only to purchases made directly from SAGE and excluding SAGE's affiliates' products.

Career Center

  • Career Center Online - Include your resume for free at the ACSP Career Center. Search the pool of jobs specifically for planning academia as well as professional planning opportunities.
  • Career Center at the Conference - Member schools with job opportunities host informative sessions about their department and the faculty positions available during the Career Center at the Annual Conference.

Communication and Networking

  • Discussion Forum - Pose questions and respond to colleagues using the UNIVerse discussion forum.
  • ACSP Interest Groups - Connect with your like-minded colleagues by participating with the Faculty Women's Interest Group, the Global Planning Educator's Interest Group, or the Planners of Color Interest Group.

Specifically for students and new faculty

  • Summer Workshops - Currently the ACSP offers a pre-doctoral workshop, junior faculty of color workshop, PhD Workshop, and sessions at the Annual Conference geared specifically to students on the job market.
  • "The Dr. is in!" Graduate Student Clinic -The new initiative of 2016 was well received and will continue at the Annual Conference with faculty volunteering their time and students signing up for private meetings with the faculty to review their resumes.
  • Faculty mentoring - The ACSP Faculty Mentoring Committee assists with the development of mentoring relationships.
  • Student List Serve - The Bowling League is the student list serve that keeps all students informed of what's happening in ACSP and externally in planning.
  • Special conference events - The conference app engages the attendees and helps make connections. The Students Only reception has become a very popular tradition for Saturday night of the conference.
  • Student representation - PhD candidates of full member schools can apply to become an ACSP Student Governing Board Representative.
  • Travel Assistance - Travel scholarships are available for students and new faculty.


There will be separate consideration of dues for the following categories of Individual Membership:


Faculty: $85/year

Retired Faculty: $50/year

Students (Currently Enrolled/Post Docs): $35/year


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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