URSP faculty members serve as “faculty mentors” to graduate students. In their first year, all URSP students are assigned a faculty mentor. Mentors are assigned on the basis of mutual interest with the student, but also on the basis of their availability. We strive to have an equal number of students per faculty mentor. The mentor has the responsibility of guiding the student through the program and helping with course selection and registration. A mentor's approval is required for class registration. If over the course of his or her study, a student feels more comfortable with another faculty member as mentor, the student can change by making a request with the Program's Administrative Assistant and filling out a Change of Mentor form. The faculty members who are mentors are shown below, along with their areas of teaching and research.
|Faculty Mentor||Email Address||Teaching/Research Focus|
|Alex Chenfirstname.lastname@example.org||Community Studies|
|Jim Cohenemail@example.com||Growth Management, Sustainability|
|Casey Dawkins||Dawkins1@umd.edu||Housing, Land Use|
|Chengri Dingfirstname.lastname@example.org||International Development, Economic Analysis|
|Hiroyuki Iseki||Hiseki@umd.edu||Economics, Land Use|
|Gerrit Knaapemail@example.com||Economics, Land Use|
|Willow Lung-Amamfirstname.lastname@example.org||Social Planning, Urban Design Theory|
Welcome to the MAPP Career Services page. We offer services to both employers and students.
For employers, we offer the following services:
- A forum to post job opportunities for MAPP students or alumni
- On campus Interviews
- MAPP annual career fair
For more information see the section below for employers or contact Kristen Tepper.
If you are a student, we offer the following services:
- Professional Career development services, including workshops and resume assistance
- Career opportunities
- Upcoming career events
For more information on these services, see the appropriate section below.
Employers: Job Postings
URSP has connections with planning-related employers both inside and outside of the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan area, who send full and part job notices to us which we then forward to our students. Currently enrolled students, and our alumni upon request, are eligible to be on our program’s jobs listserv. Postings will also be listed here.
If you would like to add a job posting, forward job descriptions to Jim Cohen. Listings will remain on our website for 90 days unless otherwise noted.
Employers: On-Campus Interviews
We now offer firm-specific, on-campus interviews for employers. If you are interested in learning more about this option or would like to schedule a date to meet with students, please contact Kristen Tepper.
Employers: MAPP Career Fair
MAPP's annual Architecture, Planning, Preservation and Real Estate Development Career & Internship Fair takes place on Friday, February 19, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In the Great Space.
If your company or organization is interested in participating, please contact Kristen Tepper.
Students and Alumni: Job Postings
LOCATION: Houston, TX
Company Name: City of Houston Planning & Development Department
Job Description: Planner (Development Services) - Several Positions open
The City Of Houston Planning & Development Department is looking to fill multiple Planner (Develpment Services) positions within our department. Information regarding all employment opportunities for the City of Houston can be found by visiting our website at http:/houstontx.gov/jobs and selecting the "Apply for a Job" option. For a direct link to the posting, use http://bit.ly/1jBjb1m. Individuals looking to apply must complete by the online application process by the closing date of October 30, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to email a copy of their resume and cover letter to Brian Crimmins, Chief of Staff, City of Houston Planning & Development Department, at Brian.Crimmins@houstontx.gov, to help expedited the application process. For more information about planning in Houston, please visit www.houstonplanning.com.
Students: Career Development Services
URSP Student Planning Association (SPA) hosts a career panel on campus each year, in which alumni and other local planning professionals provide our current students ideas and advice on successful job hunting. Please check back for dates.
URSP Ruskin Lecture, October 12, 7:00pm
Dr. George Galster
Clarence Hilbery Professor of Urban Affairs, Wayne State University
Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City
Location: Architecture Building Auditorium, 3835 Campus Drive
There are two forms of financial assistance available to URSP students, as listed below.
Graduate teaching or research assistantships
Some of our students serve as teaching assistants (TAs) for our undergraduate courses, while others assistant with a faculty member’s research project (RAs). Some of the RA positions are with the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. The assistantships are either part time (10 hours per week) or full-time (20 hours per week), in exchange for which the student receives a stipend, tuition remission, and participation in the Maryland State Employees health Insurance Program. A part-time TA or RA receives 5 hours of tuition remission for each semester worked, while a full-time TA or RA receives 10 hours of tuition remission for each semester worked. Both part-time and full TAs and GAs are charged the in-state Maryland tuition rate for any credits above 5 (or 10) that they take in a given semester. We have a limited number of these positions each semester.
For information on URSP GA or TA positions, contact Jim Cohen at email@example.com or (301) 405-6795. Please note that GA positions are available through other University of Maryland departments, programs or offices. Several of our students have received part or full-time GA positions in other campus programs in recent years. Notices and descriptions of these positions are available at https://ejobs.umd.edu under “Graduate Assistants”.
Information on student loans is available at the Office of Student Financial Aid at http://financialaid.umd.edu/osfa/for_graduate.php. Information on financial aid for international students is available at http://financialaid.umd.edu/osfa/for_international.php.