for My Students
you are considering working with me on a master's paper
you want me to write a letter of reference in your behalf
for my review of your draft written work
we are writing together.
E. Career development resources.
G. Academic Dishonesty.
you are considering working with me on a master's paper:
Ideas for Masters'
or Thesis topics I am interested in advising:
In addition, there is a wonderful
discussion of needed research related to collaborative planning
prepared by the Collaborative Democracy Network here. I'd be pleased to discuss projects suggested by this discussion.
acquisition: getting the most for our investment. (or same
to right-of-way acquisition.)
approval: how can planners bargain effectively? [especially comparative
work involving the UK and/or the US]
permissions in comparative perspective: studies of development approval
in the U.S. and abroad.
permits: can agencies work together?
- Dark side of
do freedom of information laws restrict government effectiveness?
in an era of collaboration: how planners have changed in response to
the communicative model.
If you are interested
discussing one of these, or similar topics please let me know.
In general I find
it takes about eight months of 1/4 time work to bring a master's paper
to completion. Given this, if you wish to graduate in April, I
we begin talking in September (or January for August; or May for
The key milestones I ask for (and suggested completion dates for April
For Master's Theses, I
rolling the schedule back about three weeks, so that the idea paper is
completed by 10 September, prospectus by 10 December, first draft by 25
February, and so on. This is because the finished thesis is due
the Graduate Studies office in early April.
- 2-3 page idea
definition; sketch of what you will do) [1 October]
problem definition, literature review, research design) [31 December]
- Completion of
- First Draft of
Paper [15 March]
- Second Draft
Paper [5 April]
- Oral Defense
- Submission of
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you want me to write a letter of reference in your behalf:
Please provide me
a current copy of your resume as well as a copy of your application
to the program/job in question. If there are program description
materials (job ad?), it would be best if you give me a copy of these as
well. Ideally, I'd like to have this material two weeks in
of the deadline, but 72 hours will do IF I am in town and either you are
to pay the FedEx charges or the organization will accept electronic submissions.
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for my review of your draft written work:
Please give me
clear draft materials marked with your name and the date of the
For master's capstone project and dissertation work, it is best if the
style follows FSU Graduate Studies office guidelines available online.
In general, expect
I will need 10 days to two weeks to review any detailed document.
FSU's standard practice requires four weeks for review of a full
If you will need shorter turnaround, please schedule the review time
me at least a week in advance. If the document in question is
say under five pages, I can certainly react faster, but I must ask for
at least 72 hours on all review requests. If I am out of town,
that may not be enough time.
Please do not
e-mail large documents (over 5 mB), or documents requiring specialized
software to read, without alerting me appropriately in the cover
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we are writing together, please follow these guidelines:
of Chicago style. This is the style used in JPER
and JPL and is the style described in Kate Turabian's Manual
for Writers (Univesity of Chicago Press). Note that this is not the American Psychological Assn
style which has been adopted for coursework by the Dept of Urban and
Regional Planning at FSU. Use citation style rather than
footnotes for simple references.
Please do not
tables and figures with text in the document. Instead, place all
at the end of the document (numbered and titled). If a graphic is
complex, please save it as an image file separate from the main
document: most publishers will require this. I much prefer to work in Corel Word Perfect, rather than MS Word.
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E. Career Development
Here are a few resources I've found to be useful for planning
1. For masters students:
American Planning Association's Student Services include New
Planner newsletter for planning students, and a student e-mail
association of urban planning students.
Planners Network has a student listserv, plus many resources for progressive planners, including a Student Disorientation Guide.
The FSU Urban and
Regional Planning Listserve posting archives include many job
notices and other helpful notices/discussions.
Florida Gubernatorial Fellowship program.
Planning Student Fellowship info from UCLA.
Randy Crane's blog on planning research.
Selected professional planning job links.
Resource for Urban Design Information (RUDI).
John Forester's Notes on Writing for Cornell's Urban Scholars Program. 2007.
2. For doctoral students:
ACSP's Student Network
site has links to student journals, fellowships and student awards.
Professor listserve. Richard Reis of the Stanford University
Center for Innovations in Learning maintains this web site and e-mail
list to assist young academics in all fields. Reis also has a
very good handbook, Tomorrows
Professor, published by Wiley in 1997.
Preparing Future Faculty.
The Council of Graduate Schools maintains this extensive site of
resources for doctoral students. Don't overlook their listing of resources for the academic job search.
The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career by J.A.
Goldsmith, J. Komlos, P.S. Gold. (University of Chicago Press, 2001) is
an excellent source on a wide range of career issues (available at
FAMU's Coleman Library).
ACSP's renowned Yellow Book,
How (Not) To Get Ahead in Academia,
translates general principles into urban planning specific strategies.
Martin Krieger's web
log. Professor Krieger began this blog when he was planning
PhD Program Director at the University of Southern California.
Its a gold mine of advice on school, professional work, and academic
Learning the Craft of Academic Writing: Notes On Writing In and After Graduate School. 1999.
How to Complete and Survive a
Doctoral Dissertation, by David Sternberg (St Martins, 1981) is
written by a psychologist who counsels ABDs. It has many fine ideas for
overcoming writers block.
Leaving the Ivory Tower by
Barbara E. Lovitts (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001) is a sobering
analysis of why doctoral students don't complete their degrees.
More to the point, it reveals many strategies for overcoming such
The Academic Job Search Handbook,
by Heiberger, Mary Morris.; Vick, Julia Miller. (Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996) is a fine work on looking for
university work. (available as an e-book from FSU Libraries)
assistant professor's guide to the galaxy," by George Bekey, Univ
of So. California, Dept. Computer Science.
Bowling League. This is an essential e-mail listserv of US
doctoral students in planning.
Young Academics' Network. European network of urban planning
doctoral students and entry-level university scholars.
FSU Graduate School Fellowships Links.
RFF Gilbert White Post-doctoral fellowships.
Job Postings from ACSP.
RFF Joseph Fisher Dissertation Fellowships.
Academic Careers Online, a commercial jobs website.
F. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
As a student, how do I get the most out of a professional conference?
How should I prepare for a doctoral preliminary examination in Planning Theory?
How should I go about negotiating the terms of employment for faculty work?
If Paul Davidoff has e-mail, should I write? [Blog post by Ann Forsyth]
How do I prepare a presentation for a scholarly conference? [listserve post by Martin Krieger]
G. MATERIALS ON ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
Indiana University materials on plagiarism (includes useful tutorial).
University of Toronto guidelines on plagiarism by M. Proctor.
Articles and Media Coverage:
28 March 07 Chronicle of Higher Education Indiana University Press withdraws music book.
9 June 06 Chronicle of Higher Education UNC-CH radiation oncologist.
2 June 06 Associated Press Wesley College president.
1 June 06 The Post Ohio University engineering thesis scandal.
15 May 2006 India Today Harvard undergraduate, and 28 Apr 06 CBS News (with video).
8 Nov 02 Chronicle of Higher Education Emory historian.
file provides description of seven Excel files that contains data for
by the URP5425 class. The seven files are:
The following five files have MLS
data for the 99 months ending March 2006. Sales prices and date
of sale are provided in a separate data set MLS2006 SIX.xls. All
data sets have a variable MLS# which can be used as an identifier for
merging data from the varous data sets into one larger file.
MLS2006 ONE of FIVE
MLS 2006 TWO of FIVE
MLS2006 THREE of FIVE
MLS2006 FOUR of FIVE
MLS2006 FIVE of FIVE
MLS input sheet