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.
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:
The School of Urban and Public Affairs faculty has been busy. Check out the latest roundup of recent publications and presentations from our talented faculty:
Richard Cole, PhD, Professor of Urban and Public Affairs
“Attachments to Multiple Communities and Public Ambivalence Toward Immigration in the United States,” in Jack Jedwab and John Kincaid, eds., Identities, Trust, and Cohesion in Federal Countries: Perspectives from Public Opinion, (McGill-Queen’s Press), 2012.
“Attachments and Identification in Federal States,” (with J. Kincaid), Canadian Issues, summer/fall, 2012).
“The Current Status and Roles of State of State Advisory Commissions on Intergovernmental Relations in the U.S. Federal System,” Public Administration Review, 2011.
“Trickle Down Economics Texas Style: Impacts of the Texas Budget Crisis on Local Governments,” The Ideas Quarterly Report, 2011.
“Citizen Attitudes Toward Issues of Federalism in Canada, Mexico, and the United States,” (with J. Kincaid), Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 2011.
“Implications of Public Trust and Confidence in Orders of Government for Intergovernmental Boundaries in Four Federal Countries,” (with J. Kincaid), Annual Meeting of the International Political Science Association, July, 2012.
“Attitudinal Evidence for the North American Political Culture Concept,” (with R. Whelan) Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, June 17, 2012.
Michan Connor, PhD, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
“Holding the Center: Images of Urbanity on Television in Los Angeles, 1950-1970,” scheduled for publication in the Summer 2012 issue of the Southern California Quarterly, the peer-reviewed journal of the Historical Society of Southern California.
David Coursey, PhD, Director of Public Administration
“Decisions in Research Review Boards: The Role of Individual Characteristics and Communication Medium,” in Public Integrity, Spring 2012 with Yushim Kim, Deirdre Hahn.
“Empirical Validation of the Relative Autonomy Index – A Self-Determination Perspective on Work Motivation in the Public Sector,” paper presented at International research Society for Public Management, Rome, Italy, April 2012, with Wouter Vandenabeele.
Members of the School of Urban and Public Affairs Class of 2012 received their degrees at SUPA’s commencement ceremony on May 12, 2012, at UTA’s new College Park Center. UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo gave the commencement address.
Carl Grodach, Ph.D., assistant professor of City and Regional Planning, had an article published in the latest issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs, one of the highest-rated journals in the field. Grodach’s article, “Before and After the Creative City: The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy in Austin, Texas,” examines factors that influence cultural economy planning and policy-making in Austin. You can view the article on the Journal of Urban Affairs website.
Ivonne Audirac, Ph.D., director and associate professor of City and Regional Planning, co-authored two articles that were published in the March 2012 issue of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. “Shrinking Cities: Urban Challenges of Globalization,” examines the global phenomenon of urban shrinkage. “Declining Suburbs in Europe and Latin America,” describes and compares urban decline in industrial suburbs in Glasgow, Paris, Sao Paulo and Guadalajara. You can read both of the articles on the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research website.
Andrew Whittemore, Ph.D., assistant professor of City and Regional Planning, contributed a recent article to The Atlantic Cities website. His article, “Why Planners Need to Take Agenda 21 Criticism More Seriously,” offers thoughts on how planners can engage smart growth opponents for a more productive dialogue. Read the article at The Atlantic Cities website.
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The City of Kaufman, Texas, has contracted with the School of Urban and Public Affairs’ Institute of Urban Studies to help improve Kaufman’s historic downtown and central business district. Representatives from the Institute have met with Kaufman city officials and will gather public input before developing a portfolio of design scenarios aimed at attracting tourist activity and new businesses to the area.
The Institute of Urban Studies conducts applied research and delivers customized planning and management assistance to clients, like Kaufman, across Texas.
Andrew Whittemore, Ph.D., assistant professor of City and Regional Planning, teamed up with Sam Bass Warner, MIT visiting professor and urban historian, to write American Urban Form – A Representative History. The book maps the evolution of the American urban form by offering an illustrated history of the “the City,” a hypothetical city that exemplifies the American city’s transformation throughout history. In addition to co-writing, Whittemore provided all the book’s illustrations as well. The book will be released by The MIT Press next month. You can read more about it here.
If you spend any time on our campus, it’s easy to see—as President James Spaniolo puts it—that “UT Arlington’s star is on the rise.” To see our progress in print, check out the recent President’s Report 2011. The School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA) is proud to be a part of that progress and we’re proud to be featured in the report.
As SUPA’s applied research arm, the Institute of Urban Studies completes dozens of projects each year—from the state’s Panhandle northlands, south to the Gulf Coast, east to the Piney Woods, and west to Big Bend. Many are in urban and rural North Texas.
Led by graduate students, the projects include strengthening local economies through feasibility and corridor studies, economic development ideas, updates of parks and land-use plans, citizen/business surveys, and more.
In another section titled “Nurturing Brilliance with a Focus on Service,” Alumnus Doug Mayfield talks about his experience in SUPA’s sustainability master’s degree program. Here’s an excerpt:
“Coming from an architectural background, sustainability manifests itself in all aspects of the business,” Mayfield says. “Through the program, I gained insight into the importance of working with stakeholders to effect change, and I got a better idea of the importance of looking at the life cycle of a project as opposed to the urgency to solve an immediate need.”
Offered through the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center and in Dallas, the program teaches students to understand and measure the social, environmental, and financial components related to sustainability. This brings the big picture of sustainability into sharper focus for the program’s graduates.
Read the entire President’s Report 2011 here.
School of Urban and Public Affairs faculty and students came home with two student project awards from the Midwest Texas Section of the American Planning Association’s annual awards banquet on Jan. 20.
The winning projects:
Preston Road Corridor Study: Community Preference Report
Through a community survey and workshop, students gathered the preferences of the citizens of Celina, Texas, for the future form, character and identity of development along State Highway 289 (Preston Road), which passes through Celina. Students found that the community favors complementary elements like native plants, pedestrian-friendly amenities and historic art and signs to add to the community character of Celina. The findings of their study can be used to set the stage for future planning efforts that will determine the form, use, and regulations for future corridor development and design. The Preston Road Corridor Study was a joint project by City and Regional Planning students and the Institute of Urban Studies. Project team: Project Leads Alan Klein and Stephen Pope, along with Danny Brandt, Drew Brawner, Darren Groth, Aaron Ledford, Chris Shacklett, Skye Thibodeaux and Eric Ward. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jianling Li.
Calhoun Lofts Development Plan
The winning students took on the role of a development team by creating a proposal for a four block area on the southeast side of downtown Fort Worth. The team produced an analysis of existing conditions, explored entitlements, performed a market analysis, and produced a site plan and financial pro forma for their project. The team pursued a mixed-use residential and retail project and presented the project to local development experts with a graphic and oral presentation. Project team: Master of City and Regional Planning students Jeremy Lott, Christina Sebastian and Rob Parsons, along with Derek Main, a doctoral student in Geology. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Whittemore.
The Midwest Texas APA annual awards program recognizes outstanding planning efforts, innovative projects, best practices and planning leadership advocacy and education.