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Friday Afternoon in Greenville - Not Just Mobile Tours but Something for Everyone

Monday, September 9, 2019  
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Although there are 7 fabulous mobile tours available on Friday afternoon, there’s much more on the agenda. Plan to be with us! If you wish to purchase a ticket for a mobile tour and have already registered for the conference, please email Let us know quickly! Some are very close to selling out.

ACSP Chairs Workshop: Enrollment Management – Strategizing with the Future in Mind

Friday, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Interested in learning more about the evolving landscape in the world of Higher Education enrollment? Do you play a key role in managing enrollment for a graduate professional school or degree program? Has your school, college, or degree program recently experienced new trends in prospective student interest, applications, or enrollment and you aren’t sure why? Please join us for an engaging discussion around emerging trends in graduate student recruitment, admissions, and enrollment. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues to share and learn about what’s working well (and maybe not so well) to affect school / program enrollments. Huron Consulting Group, experts in higher education, will facilitate a discussion and provide insight on market trends and industry best-practices and examples of how they’ve partnered with graduate programs to enhance enrollment outcomes, including strategies for ensuring alignment around enrollment goals and market demands, improving recruitment and admissions processes and outcomes, bolstering yield results, and increasing the impact of financial aid award strategies, among other topics.

Workshop Leaders:

  • Alex Faklis, Director, Huron Consulting Group - During her tenure at Huron, Alex has partnered on distinct engagements with more than 25 universities. Alex specializes in operational assessments, strategic planning and its alignment with technology, and performance improvement. Her higher education experience includes working directly in university settings as well as in consultative roles.
  • Katie Kovacs, Manager, Huron Consulting Group - Katie has 10 years of experience in higher education, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, partnering with institutions ranging from public, land-grant universities to top-tier, selective private colleges. She brings deep experience in recruitment and admission strategy for domestic and international students, new student programming, and transfer student integration. Katie’s ability to understand campus culture, align resources with objectives, and optimize organizational design and operations improves service, outcomes, and efficiency for institutions and assists them in reaching their missional goals of improving student success.

If you’d like to attend this workshop:

FWIG and Inclusion Interest Group Workshop: Allyship – Listening to and Supporting the LGBTQ Community

Friday, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

In this workshop we would like to explore how planners can better listen to and work with local LGBTQ people wherever we may be working. In the context of this workshop we will invite local LGBTQ activists from South Carolina to join with us and explore how best we collaboratively improve our planning processes so that the needs of LGBTQ people are heard, valued, and made visible in our plans and planning reports.

Moderator: TBD

Participants: TBD

Leaping the Hurdles & Navigating the Maze: Getting Funding from NSF & the Kauffman Foundation

Friday, 3:45pm – 5:15pm

This session is intended for faculty members, professionals, and graduate students interested in learning how to prepare successful proposals for research grants. Staff from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will highlight the hurdles commonly experienced by applicants and guide participants through the maze. They will discuss review criteria at both organizations and will also provide information on doctoral student support, early investigator funding opportunities, and faculty submission guidelines.

Workshop Leaders:

  • AJ Herrmann is a senior program officer – knowledge creation and research in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He manages a diverse set of research grants which support the entrepreneurship research team’s goals of developing more detailed and nuanced data on entrepreneurs and trends in entrepreneurship, identifying barriers faced by entrepreneurs, and evaluating potential strategies for overcoming those barriers. His work includes grantmaking and management, research program design, and helping translate data into actionable research through projects such as the Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Kauffman, A.J. worked as a consultant at the Manhattan Strategy Group, where he led a number of research-focused projects for public sector organizations, with a primary focus on economic inclusion, education, and workforce development. A.J. holds a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School at the University of California – Berkeley.
  • Antoinette WinklerPrins has been appointed Deputy Division Director for the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), at the National Science Foundation (NSF) (effective 9/1/19). Antoinette holds an M.U.P. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research has been on smallholder agricultural systems, soil knowledge, and urban agriculture using cultural, political and historical ecology frameworks. At NSF Antoinette was a Geography and Spatial Sciences Program Officer and participated in the management of the Dynamics of Socio-Environmental Systems (CNH2), Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), Coastlines and People (CoPe) and Sustainable Urban Systems (SUS). Prior to joining NSF Antoinette was a tenured faculty member at Michigan State University and a Program Director for GIS and Environmental Programs at the Johns Hopkins University.

Workshop on Writing and Teaching with Cases - The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Friday, 3:45pm – 5:15pm

In today’s interconnected world in which the effects of global economic trends reverberate throughout local economies and issues like climate change crosses political and geographical boundaries, content knowledge and technical skills are insufficient to prepare future planners to achieve the goals and aspirations of their communities. In this interactive session, you will learn how the case method can support planners to learn new knowledge and develop strategic thinking skills through engaging in critical conversations, diagnosing problems, and designing solutions.

This workshop will focus on strategies and techniques for leading case discussion and strategies and supports for researching and writing cases. A panel of 2019 case study award recipients will share their case studies, highlight elements that are essential to the effectiveness of a case for classroom instruction, and insights from their first-hand experience writing cases.

Moderator: Ge Vu, Instructional Designer, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Participants: Case Study Award Recipients

Career Information Sessions

Friday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

  • University of California Berkeley, City and Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design
  • Harvard GSD, Urban & Planning Design
  • University of Utah, City & Metropolitan Planning

Friday, 3:15pm – 4:15pm

  • University of California Berkeley, City and Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Urban & Regional Studies and Planning
  • University of British Columbia, SCARP

Friday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

  • University at Buffalo, Department of Urban & Regional Planning
  • Clemson University, City Planning and Real Estate Development
  • Spot available! Contact Natalie Lozano,

Poster Session & Reception

Poster presentations have become a tradition for the ACSP conference. Presenters will be available to share their work during the Friday afternoon reception in the Community Center in two sessions broken down by track (Conference Tracks).

  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Tracks 1 – 6
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm – Tracks 7 – 15

Before and after the Friday reception for the posters, the posters will be on display in the Community Center. A committee will judge “Best Poster” on Friday morning so the winning poster can have a blue ribbon to display during the reception. We will also have a People’s Choice award – the winner voted on by secret ballot using the conference app during the reception. The winner of Best Poster will be notified in advance, and announced at the Saturday Luncheon. The winner of People's Choice will be announced via social media! Watch for it!

Every hour during the poster session new snacks are brought out for attendees. Come anytime!

Preview the posters using the on-line web schedule!


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