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PAB Program Administrator Orientation

Thursday: 4:15pm5:30pm

Preparing for the Job Market

Friday: 10:15am – 11:45am

Organized by the ACSP Student Governing Board Representatives. This workshop is geared towards doctoral students who are on the job market, will be applying soon, or are interested in learning about the job application and interview process. It features faculty who have been part of search committees and/or were recent job market candidates. The format is primarily focused on student interest, so come prepared with questions!

Moderator: C. Aujean Lee, PhD Candidate (UCLA)

Speakers: Erick Guerra, University of Pennsylvania; Mi Shih, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Carissa Slotterback, University of Minnesota; Ivis Garcia Zambrana (Univ. of Utah)

Mobile Workshops

Friday: 1:30pm5:30pm

Get out of the hotel and see some of what Denver has to offer! There are opportunities to learn about history, culture, neighborhood revitalization case studies, public housing redevelopment, and Denver's perspective on marijuana, beer, and urban planning. Mobile Tour Details

Case Teaching & Writing for Planners: The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Friday: 1:30pm3:00pm

To address the rising social, economic, and environmental challenges facing cities across the globe, planners need to acquire foundational knowledge and skills in planning and public finance as well as opportunities to apply them in real world situations. Thus the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy created a case library for teaching and learning. A case study re-creates a real-world problem, and asks students to walk in the shoes of public officials, business leaders, and citizens. Through debates, group work, and continuous feedback from educators and peers, participants develop a deep understanding of pertinent issues, analytical skills, and empathy for opposing views.

The workshop will introduce the Lincoln Institute Case Library initiative; strategies and supports for case research, writing, and teaching; ten ($1000) case study awards; and how you can use and contribute to the case library. Using two case study examples, we will review the definition of a teaching case, the learning goals and expected outcomes of using cases, and provide guidance on how to write them. During the last part of the workshop, participants will be invited to brainstorm cases they may be interested in writing. Prior to the workshop, participants will be asked to read two short cases that will be distributed in advance.

About the Speakers
Ge Vue is an Instructional Designer at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He collaborates with content experts in planning and urban development, public finance, and valuation and taxation to develop residential and online professional learning programs. He is also leading the Institute’s effort to create a web-based, case study library for teaching and learning. The case library will provide educators and practitioners free access to teaching cases on a wide range of issues such as climate change, municipal fiscal health, value capture, property tax, and informality and urban poverty.

William Ellet teaches Management Communication at Brandeis University and at the University of Miami in its Executive MBA Program for Athletes and Artists. He facilitates Case Method Training Seminars for Harvard Business Publishing, primarily in Latin America, and independently as a consultant. He has been a writing consultant and coach for the HBS MBA Program for over 20 years. He is the author of The Case Study Handbook; cases; and an online course on management communication, all published by Harvard Business Publishing. 

Measuring and Assessing Student Learning Outcomes at the Program-Level

Friday: 3:15pm - 4:45pm

Provided by the ACSP Governing Board. For over a decade, assessment of student learning has been a focus in higher education. Accreditors, like PAB, require that programs define, measure, and assess what and how much students learn throughout their education. In this hands-on interactive session, we will discuss various methods for measuring student learning. We will use measurement examples from specific planning programs as well as ideas brought forward by session participants. In addition, we will examine assessment approaches and the types of curricular feedback that can improve student learning in the future. Participants in this session should leave with examples and strategies for measuring and assessing levels of student learning in their programs and ways for documenting and enhancing that learning.

This session is designed for planning program administrators and faculty involved in student learning assessment.

About the Speaker

Cheryl Contant has over 30 years of experience in urban and regional planning education and university administration. She has served as a member of PAB and visited many programs on accreditation site visits. In the past four years, Cheryl has been assisting PAB with their site visitor training programs, with particular attention toward student learning outcome assessment. Most recently, she has been consulting with Morgan State University's School of Architecture and Planning in the development of program-level student learning outcomes and devising efficient and effective ways to measure and assess those desired outcomes. Cheryl is providing this session, with the support of ACSP, as professional development for program administrators and planning faculty.

Professional Training Workshop: Being Heard—and Agreed with—in the Policymaking Environment

Friday: 3:15pm – 4:45pm
$25 fee

Organized by the ACSP Executive Committee. From environmental regulations to infrastructure to social justice to community development, what happens in Washington, DC doesn’t stay there. Every day legislators and staff make decisions that dramatically impact the planning community. ACSP members can influence those decisions--we just need to know how! Join us in this interactive session to learn the four specific things you can do to ensure your legislators and their staff listen up and take notice.  We'll also go over what legislators are looking for from academic interests, the most important things to know about your legislators, and how to develop a winning message. Participants will come away with a specific plan for engaging effectively in the policymaking process. If you want to make a difference for communities across the country, this is the workshop is for you.

About the Speaker
Stephanie D. Vance, also known as the “Advocacy Guru”, is the author of five books including Citizens in Action: A Guide to Influencing Government and the recently released The Influence Game. She’s a 25-year veteran of Washington, D.C. political scene and has held positions as a lobbyist, grassroots consultant and Congressional aide. Stephanie’s experiences as a legislative director and Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill led her to found Advocacy Associates, a firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations be both heard and agreed with in the legislative environment. Ms. Vance holds a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. She lives and works in Washington D.C.

Leaping the Hurdles & Navigating the Maze: Getting Funding from NIH & NSF 

Friday: 3:15pm – 4:45pm

Organized by the ACSP Executive Committee.  This workshop is intended for faculty members, professionals, and graduate students interested in learning how to prepare successful proposals for research grants. Current and recently retired program officers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will highlight the hurdles commonly experienced by applicants and guide participants through the maze of NSF and NIH. They will discuss NSF’s and NIH’s review criteria and will also provide information on doctoral student support, early investigator funding opportunities, and faculty submission guidelines.

Lois Takahashi, University of Southern California


Susan Newcomer retired to the high mountains of Colorado in May of 2017 after a 29 year stint as a health science administrator in the Population Dynamics Branch of the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. While there she managed about $34million of research grants on reproductive health, contraceptive use and domestic violence. She also provided advice on grant writing, the NIH review process, and appropriate “homes” for research to a wide range of potential applicants, both US and international. Before becoming a fed, she was the national director of education for PPFA.  She has a 1983 Ph.D. in population studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a 1962 BA from Barnard College. She grew up in Cincinnati Ohio and has lived on both coasts and in Taiwan.

Antoinette WinklerPrins, PhD, Program Director, Geography & Spatial Sciences Program Antoinette WinklerPrins is a people-environment geographer specializing in nature- society relations, with an emphasis on cultural landscapes and environmental knowledge systems, especially in the Brazilian Amazon. She received her B.A. in (urban) geography in 1983 from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) with an emphasis on international development in 1985 from the same university. She completed a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, with a minor in soil science. She went on to complete a post-doc in soil science at ITC- Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (now part of the University of Twente) in The Netherlands. After her post-doc Antoinette spent ten years on the faculty of Michigan State University’s Department of Geography. At MSU she was also involved with the Environmental Science and Policy Program, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Centers for the Advanced Study of International Development and Gender in a Global Context. She then spent three years as a rotating Program Officer in the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation, and was then Director for Environmental Programs at Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs. In July 2016 she returned to NSF as a permanent Program Director in Geography and Spatial Sciences Program. Antoinette has served as a Regional Councilor for the American Association of Geographers, and also as Chair of Board of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. She currently serves on the Council of the American Geographical Society.

Student Workshop - Publishing in Planning: Where and How?

Saturday: 8:00am – 9:30am

Organized by the ACSP Student Governing Board Representatives.

Speakers: Nancey Green Leigh, Georgia Institute of Technology); Todd BenDor, University of North Carolina; Mary K. Wolfe, Doctoral Student, Dept. of City & Regional Planning, UNC-Chapel Hill

This workshop focuses on the decisions that planning researchers face in the publishing process. The format of the workshop will be largely interactive with a panel of faculty—some of whom are current/former editors—to share valuable tips and insights and answer questions. Topics of discussion will include: journal selection, publishing expectations of doctoral students, editorial interaction and revision process, web presence of one’s publications, publishing a paper from the thesis/dissertation, and the merits of the various types of publication (e.g. peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, book chapters).  



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  • 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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