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University of Texas at Arlington (UTA): Fall 2020 New Dean’s Distinguished Assistantships

Thursday, February 13, 2020  
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The Department of Public Affairs and Planning at UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) is pleased to announce the new Dean’s Distinguished Assistantship (DDA) program for Fall 2020. The program is nationally competitive and aims to support the most promising students applying for admission to department’s doctoral programs in Urban Planning and Public Policy (UPPP) and Public Administration and Public Policy (PAPP). These three-year awards (with the possibility of a fourth, depending on degree progress) include:

  • $21,000 annual salary for 9-months (summer salary and scholarships may also be available)
  • 100% tuition for Fall and Spring semesters
  • $1000 annual travel/expense allowance for conferences and professional development (additional travel funds may be available from other university sources)
  • Professional instructional training from the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) in the second-year (see

Recipients are expected to be full-time (9 hours+) doctoral students, conduct quality research with faculty, assist in graduate and undergraduate urban planning/ public affairs/

administration/courses their first year (which may be online or on-campus),and teach one undergraduate class in both Fall and Spring terms their second and third year.

Recipients would be doctoral students unconditionally admitted to the UPPP or PAPP Ph.D. program in the Department of Public Affairs and Planning. The department is part of our multidisciplinary college (CAPPA) merging urban planning, public administration, and public policy with architecture and landscape architecture towards creative solutions to the challenges of urban development and sustainability. For more details on CAPPA’s exciting and unique research opportunities, see Research at, for further details on the DDA program contact:

Dr. David Coursey
Vice-Chair, UTA Faculty Senate and Secretary/Executive Committee UT-System Faculty Advisory Council
Interim Chair, MPA Director, and Associate Professor
Department of Public Affairs and Planning
College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA)
Box 19108, 601 W. Nedderman Drive, Arlington, TX 76019
University of Texas – Arlington,


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