Criteria for the Lim Dissertation Award
We would like to discuss this topic at the GPEIG business luncheon on Thursday, October 1 but we thought since the time is limited, we could begin an online discussion.
The Lim dissertation award committee raised an issue about the current criteria for the Lim dissertation award. Currently, the awardee must be receiving a degree from an ACSP member school which are essentially planning departments. However, it received some applications from doctoral students who are enrolled in other programs that are not ACSP members. The committee raised the issue whether we should expand consideration to applications from other departments. For the meantime, we decided to keep to the original criteria and only considered those in ACSP registered programs. But, we also would like to open it as a topic for discussion, per the committee’s request.
The committee and present and past GPEIG leadership have had an informal email discussion about the pros and cons which can be summarized as:
pros: planning is an inter-disciplinary pursuit so we should consider applications from any related discipline and award excellence.
cons: it is unclear where to draw the boundaries of consideration (architecture, art, economics, political science, sociology, etc.); there are more awards available in other disciplines and few that planning PhD’s are eligible for so we should use this award to give recognition for excellence within our field
Please weigh in with your opinion and we can also continue the discussion at the business meeting.
Posted by Annette M. Kim on 09/18 at 08:22 AM in General Topics • (0) Comments