JPER Writing Workshop for Early Career Planning Scholars
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Texas A&M University, College Station

August 3-5, 2020

(Currently, the workshop will go on, either in person,  virtual or a hybrid of both. However, we are taking this day by day and will announce changes on this page as they arise.)

The Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER) and its editors will host the annual JPER Writing Workshop for New Scholars on August 3-5, 2020, at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. We seek to improve written scholarship among new faculty of planning and related academic programs. The workshop is intended for untenured assistant professors, recent Ph.D. recipients, or candidates graduating in spring of 2020 in urban planning, urban studies, and similar fields.

The program will include whole-group sessions on writing and publication, with intensive small-group work on participants' own manuscripts. Selected participants must submit an article-length paper, about 20-25 double-spaced pages, by May 25, 2020. The paper will go through a mock peer review process by three referees. The reviews and feedback from faculty and other participants will help form the basis for small-group discussions during the workshop.

Please direct questions on the workshop program and paper requirement to Karen Lowrie, Managing Editor (


Applications are due March 23, 2020

(Due Date Extension: April 15, 2020)

Please submit to electronically in a Word document, or as a PDF, labeled "Last Name-JPER-2020" including all the the documents listed below.

Please combine the four documents below into one file for submission.

  1. Cover letter on research interests and scholarly goals
  2. Application Form (please complete)
  3. Current curriculum vitae
  4. A recommendation letter from a department chair or dissertation advisor


We will notify successful applicants by March 30, 2020 (Extension: April 22) and provide detailed information about accommodations at that time.

There is no registration fee for participants. Participants are responsible for travel to/from College Station, Texas. ACSP/JPER provides two nights of overnight accommodations (double-occupancy) at the George Hotel, College Station, breakfasts and lunches, and an evening social event. There is a single-room supplement fee for participants who wish to have a single room.



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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