Last week, we welcomed all new and returning students to the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the Fall 2012 SUPA Welcome Bash. Thanks to the students, faculty and staff who joined us. Check out more photos on the SUPA Facebook page.
Welcome back School of Urban and Public Affairs students.
SUPA is hosting a Welcome Bash for all new and returning students on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meet us at the Library Mall for hamburgers and say hello to our faculty and your fellow students. You’ll even have a chance to win our drawing for SUPA T-shirts and other goodies.
The School of Urban and Public Affairs and UT Arlington are teaming up with the Creative Class Group to offer a unique professional development course for alumni and students. The course will be presented by Steven Pedigo of the Creative Class Group. This course, taught in three modules, will provide the framework and tools necessary to evaluate community competitiveness and locational assets in a shifting economic landscape:
Module 1: Why Cities and Clusters Matter to Prosperity
O ct. 16, 4-7 p.m.
Module 2: 4-T’s of Creative Communities
Nov. 13, 4-7 p.m.
Module 3: Measuring and Benchmarking Communities
Nov. 29, 4-7 p.m.
Each module qualifies for three American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certificate maintenance credits.
Cost is $35 per module, or $90 for all three. Alumni who are members of the SUPA Alumni Chapter of the UT Arlington Alumni Association will receive $10 off their total.
The School of Urban and Public Affairs is excited to have two new faculty members joining us this semester:
David Arditi, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Before joining UT Arlington, David Arditi earned his Ph.D. from George Mason University in Cultural Studies. At GMU, Arditi taught classes on interdisciplinary studies, globalization and cultural studies. His dissertation explores the condition of the music industry during the transition to digital music production and demonstrates that contrary to the recording industry’s stated position that digital music has harmed the industry, major record labels are in a stronger position today as a result of this digital transformation. Furthermore, it shows that the music industry led this transformation rather than reacting to it. Broadly speaking, Arditi’s research lies at the intersection of cultural studies, media studies and political theory.
Dr. Arditi will teach INTS 4301 – Interdisciplinary Research Process this semester.
Yekang Ko, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning
Before joining UT Arlington, Ye Kang Ko received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. At Cal, Ko worked at the Center for Metropolitan Studies and taught courses in GIS and environmental planning. Ko’s research focuses on quantitative assessment of urban sustainability using spatial analysis. Her research and teaching support the long-term resilience of built environments that minimize energy consumption and maximize on-site renewable energy utilization. She is also interested in international planning in the Asia-Pacific region. Her works are based on environmental planning, science, policy and active collaboration with local governments and NGOs.
Dr. Ko’s dissertation research on energy efficient solar cities classifies the energy performance of neighborhoods and as a spin off this research, she has recently submitted an revised article to the Journal of Planning Literature that reviews design principles and research findings related to urban form and energy use. She has also submitted to the Journal of the American Planning Association the article entitled “Solar Sprawl Versus Compact Neighborhoods: Assessing an Optimum Urban Density for Energy Sustainability,” coauthored with K. Jang, D.J. Radke, and R. Cervero.
Dr. Ko will teach CIRP 5327 – Introduction to Green Cities and Transportation this semester.
Great news! The School of Urban and Public Affairs’ Master of Public Administration program has earned full reaccreditation through 2018 from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
The accreditation comes after a rigorous one-year peer review process which included an internal review report, a site visit from appointed faculty from other programs, and an external review by the association. The MPA program at UTA is one of just 162 schools recognized with accreditation from NASPAA.
“Accreditation tells our students that they are in a high quality program as well as strengthens the resumes of our alumni,” said David Coursey, director of SUPA’s MPA program.
Learn more about NASPAA and the accreditation process at www.naspaa.org.
New grad students: Come meet the Dean, program directors and advisors at the New Graduate Student Orientation on Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in University Hall.
We will also discuss the PhD, Urban Affairs, Public Administration and City and Regional Planning program plans, future academic schedules and many lots more about SUPA.
If you plan to attend, RSVP to Christa Barreras at email@example.com or 817-272-5631.
All new and returning Interdisciplinary Studies students are invited to our Fall Open House at on Aug. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in University Hall. Join us for refreshments and networking with SUPA Dean Barbara Becker, INTS faculty and advisors and your fellow INTS students.
If you’d like to attend, RSVP to Erin Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-0899:
Congratulations Carl Grodach, PhD, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the School of Urban and Public Affairs! He recently earned a unique grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to study the impact of the arts on cities.
Read more about his NEA grant in this news release from The University of Texas at Arlington:
Several University of Texas at Arlington student-athletes majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Urban and Public Affairs were recently honored by the Southland Conference for academic excellence.
David Subirats, men’s tennis, was named a 2011-12 Southland Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year at The University of Texas at Arlington. Subirats was selected by UTA administrators and met all criteria for the award, including being a letter winner, earning a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and having completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition.
In addtion, nine student-athletes majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies were recently named to the Southland Conference 2012 Spring Commissioner’s Honor Roll. To make the honor roll, the student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grand point average during the spring semester and must have been eligible to compete. Colten Boothe and Hance Loyd were also recognized for earning 4.0 GPAs in the spring semester.
Congratulations to the INTS Students on the list:
- Hunter Brown – Golf
- Kallan Thompson – Softball
- Colten Boothe – Baseball
- Michael Guerra – Baseball
- Chase Weaver – Baseball
- Philip Critelli – Track and Field
- Hance Loyd – Track and Field
- Ivan Storic – Track and Field
- Maria Sandstrom – Track and Field
SUPA’s Interdisciplinary Studies program provides students with a unique approach to higher education with a focus on critical thinking, adaptive learning, collaboration, and research in multiple disciplines. INTS gives students the opportunity to combine several fields of study to meet their distinctive academic and professional goals.
Michan Connor, Ph.D., assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, will spend the 2012-13 academic year on leave from UTA as a Visiting Scholar at the James Weldon Johnson Institute (JWJI) at Emory University in Atlanta. The JWJI, an interdisciplinary research institute funded by the Mellon Foundation, supports research on the history and ongoing legacy of the civil rights movement and its connections to other movements for justice and equality.
Connor will spend his time in residency in Atlanta researching the historical roots and contemporary politics of a movement by residents of several of Atlanta’s northern suburbs to separate from Fulton County and form a separate Milton County. Opponents have argued that this move would exacerbate significant racial inequalities in the metropolitan area and institutionalize racial and class segregation, while proponents contend that their effort is unrelated to race and simply seeks to empower local communities. By studying how those communities were formed in a longer historical perspective, he will explore links between community, local government, and open and hidden forms of racial ideology to evaluate the claim made by several prominent sociologists that the fragmentation of metropolitan areas into communities of high and low opportunity is the most important civil rights challenge of our time.