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Hosted by the ACSP Doctoral Committee and the University of Massachusetts Amherst
August 1 & 2, 2018 ~ Amherst, MA
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Doctoral Committee of ACSP invites doctoral students of planning working on their dissertation research to attend the 2018 ACSP PhD Workshop, to be held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, August 1-2.
This year’s summer workshop will attract PhD students from planning programs from around the world to gather and discuss the practical details of creating, producing, distributing and consuming planning knowledge among scholars. Participants will work on conceiving, designing, and presenting 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.
Participants & Faculty
The workshop is oriented toward planning doctoral students who have passed their qualifying examination (or equivalent) and will be defending, or have recently defended, their PhD dissertation proposal within about six months prior to or following the workshop (i.e., between approximately February 2018 – January 2019). Students will have multiple opportunities to present their work to their fellow students and workshop faculty in smaller breakout sessions. Students will be expected to submit a synopsis of their dissertation proposal about one month before the workshop. The workshop will be limited to approximately 20-25 students to ensure adequate time for participation and feedback. Workshop faculty will be drawn from several institutions. All have extensive experience advising PhD students in multiple domains.
Workshop Facilities & Housing
The workshop will be hosted on the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The Regional Planning Program in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning has just moved into a new and beautiful facility making it a terrific venue. The workshop will be hosted in the new Design Building, which is fully accessible and has seminar rooms, conference rooms, a large lecture hall and exhibition area, and a teleconference room. The building has been written up in architecture journals numerous times for its beauty and innovative use of structural timber as its main building component. Housing will be at the Camus Center Hotel for faculty and at dormitories for students.
Amherst is located in western Massachusetts, two and a half hours west of Boston, one hour east of the Berkshires, one hour north of Hartford, one hour south of Vermont. Accessibility is very good. The Peter Pan bus line comes directly to campus and provides service to much of the East Coast. The most convenient airport is Bradley International in Hartford, CT. The workshop will provide two vans for those arriving and leaving from Bradley. Additional information about methods of transportation will be provided to workshop attendees.
Fees & Costs
The workshop registration fee is $125/person. The workshop fee will cover most food and beverage, housing, and transportation from the airport to Amherst (airfare or other modes of transportation are not covered).
A limited number of scholarships are available from ACSP to assist with the workshop fee. Students are encouraged first to request funds from their universities to help offset travel and workshop-related expenses. Those requesting assistance from ACSP should do so as part of their application in the form of a brief statement describing the reasons for requesting financial support. Applicants may ask the faculty advisor writing the letter of recommendation to address his or her need for financial assistance as well.
The workshop will include both plenary and small-group sessions. Each student will make at least two presentations about his or her research during the course of the workshop. The workshop organization will be based on four questions about dissertation research: Who, Why, What, and How?
Tentative Workshop Agenda
Wednesday, August 1
* Pandora’s Box = Discussion allowing students to express and discuss concerns and anxieties as they conceive of or undertake their research.
Application Deadline: Monday, April 30
Notification of Acceptance: during the week of May 21st
Synopsis of Dissertation Proposal Due: Monday, July 2
Workshop: Wednesday and Thursday, August 1 and 2
How to Apply- Two Parts
Applications will not be reviewed without both parts as described above: the form AND the email from the advisor. Applications will be reviewed by the ACSP Doctoral Committee. Previous years’ workshops have been able to accommodate about 50-60% of those who applied.
All those selected to participate must submit a four-page (single-spaced) summary of the student’s dissertation research proposal no later than July 2, 2018. These will be distributed among participating students and faculty prior to the workshop. In addition, all participants will be expected to make an 8-minute, 5-slide presentation of their research during the afternoon of the workshop.
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