FWIG Awards

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Here is your opportunity to nominate colleagues or students whose work you admire! FWIG will be presenting awards on an annual basis. Select ACSP Awards (at left) for application or submission criteria.  


Margarita McCoy Award

The Margarita McCoy Award was named to honor a pioneer planning educator known for her unflagging commitment to the advancement of women in the profession. Today Professor Emerita at Cal Poly Pomona, Margarita was one of the one of the first women in a tenure-track position in planning and the first female full professor of Planning in the US. She was very involved in ACSP, serving as ACSP Secretary in the organization’s formative years.

FWIG established the McCoy award to honor ACSP women who follow the model set by Professor McCoy--those whose teaching, research, or service helps advance women in the planning academy by creating a positive climate for women students and faculty, encouraging greater participation by women in ACSP, mentoring and supporting junior women faculty, and/or providing leadership in overcoming barriers faced by women in a variety of academic arena.

The 2010 Margarita McCoy Award Committee consists of Ann Forsyth, Chair; FWIG Vice President and recent McCoy award winner Daphne Spain; two additional McCoy Award winners Patricia Pollak and Margot Garcia; along with FWIG members Carissa Schively Slotterback and Smita Srinivas.


  • 2010 Hemalata Dandekar, California Polytechnic State University (acceptance speech and photos)
  • 2008 Daphne Spain, University of Virginia (acceptance speech and photos)
  • 2006 Dolores Hayden, Yale University (acceptance speech and photos)
  • 2006 Patricia Pollak, Cornell University (acceptance speech and photos)
  • 2005 Ann Markusen, University of Minnesota
  • 2001 Margot Garcia, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 1999 Karen R. Polenske, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • 1997 Marcia Marker Feld, University of Rhode Island
  • 1997 Marsha Ritzdorf, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • 1995 Eugenie Birch, Hunter College-CUNY
  • 1995 Sandra Rosenbloom, University of Arizona


Feld Award

Recognizes a FWIG colleague for outstanding leadership within the ACSP organization.


  • 2009 Ruth Yabes, Arizona State University (acceptance speech and photo)
  • 2007 Barbara Becker, University of Arizona (photos)
  • 2007 Johanna Looye, University of Cincinnati (photos)
  • 2004 Patricia Baron Pollak, Cornell University (photos)

Ritzdorf Award

Recognizes superior scholarship reflecting concern with making communities better for women, people of color and/or the disadvantaged.

The 2010 Marsha Ritzdorf Award Committee consists of Rebecca Miles, Chair and FWIG President; and FWIG members Panny Gurstein and Piyushimita "Vonu" Thakuriah.


  • 2010 Mia White, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (photo)
  • 2009 Auvniet K. Tehara, University of Toronto (photo)