Faculty Award - FWIG Margarita McCoy Award
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Presented in even-numbered years.

The Margarita McCoy Award is given biennially in even years since 1998 by the ACSP Faculty Women's Interest Group and recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution toward the advancement of women in planning at institutions of higher education through service, teaching, and/or research. Nominations must come from faculty or administrators at ACSP-member school.

Winners will be introduced at both the FWIG Annual Luncheon and the ACSP Annual Conference Faculty Awards Luncheon. Profiles and media announcements of winners and their accomplishments will follow the conference.



The deadline for nominations is June 1 using the nomination form below.


Nomination Information

  • A nominee letter that includes the full name, current affiliation, and contact information for the nominee. The letter must state the ways in which the nominee has, through his or her activities, contributed to the advancement of women in planning at institutions of higher education.
  • The nominee letter may be accompanied by a maximum of three letters of support and brief supporting materials to be incorporated into the same PDF file as the nominee letter.
  • Nominations submitted in one year will not be held over for consideration in future years. Current nominations must be received in each award cycle.




Biography of Margarita McCoy

Margarita McCoy (1923-2016) was a pioneering urban planner and educator. She was among the first women in the United States to achieve a tenure-track planning position and was the first woman to become a full professor of planning in the United States. She taught at Cal Poly Pomona, serving as the chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning from 1977-1983, and at the University of Southern California.

She was active on several professional and accreditation boards including the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning – the latter of which established an award in her honor recognizing individuals that further the advancement of women at universities though service, teaching and outreach.

McCoy served nine years on the La Habra Heights Planning Commission, and through 300 public hearings opened up the process for the city’s general plan. She worked to balance development with nature preservation, determined to protect a patch of California meadows in the city’s steep hills at Powder Canyon.

She worked to link the meadows, where wildlife thrived, to other natural areas along the region’s chaparral-covered ridgelines to sustain animal habitats, even in the middle of urban Southern California.

It was only after she could no longer hike down ravines and construction sites to inspect every building application did she decide to retire for the third – and final – time at age 88.

She was a dedicated voice for the advancement of more women and minorities in planning schools and in the profession in general.


Past Award Winners

  • 2018 Ann Forsyth, Harvard University
  • 2016 Lisa Ann Schweitzer, University of Southern California
  • 2014 Linda Dalton, California State University East Bay
  • 2010 Hemalata Dandekar, California State Polytechnic University, San Louis Obispo
  • 2008 Daphne Spain, University of Virginia
  • 2006 Patricia Pollak, Cornell University; Dolores Hayden, Yale University
  • 2005 Ann Markusen, University of Minnesota
  • 2004 No Winner
  • 2001: Margot Garcia, Virginia Commonwealth University; Karen Polenske, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Marcia Marker Feld, University of Rhode Island; Marsha Ritzdorf, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 1995: Eugenie L. Birch, Hunter College-CUNY; Sandra Rosenbloom, University of Arizona




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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