Through joint sponsorship with Routledge Publications, the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) will once again offer a series of FREE graduate student workshops at its annual conference. IMPORTANT: An application is required for participation. The 2015 workshops include:

Workshop A: The Dissertation Process: From Proposal to Defense
Workshop B1: Getting Your First Job (Academic)
Workshop B2: Getting Your First Job (Non-Academic)
Workshop C: Dissertation Intensive
Workshop D: Publishing

The workshops will be facilitated by a diverse group of professionals working inside and outside of academia, who are at varying stages of their careers. With the exception of Workshop C, students accepted to participate in the workshops may select their workshop(s) of choice.

Application Deadline: December 2, 2014 by 5:00pm CST (LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED)

For more information about the workshops and to apply (required for participation) please visit: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/conference2015/special-tracks-workshops/professional-development-workshops-for-graduate-students/

The preliminary program for the 2015 conference in Miami was posted over the weekend, and acceptance notices have been sent to presenters and moderators. It’s going to be another great conference!

If you see your name in the preliminary program but did not receive an acceptance email notice, please contact the UAA Executive Office (sue.peacock@uaamail.org) and we will forward the information you need.

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Connecting Research to Urban Education Activism

Organizers/Facilitators: Fred Ellis, Kitty Kelly Epstein, Barbara Ferman, Kimberly Mayfield Lynch
Time/Date: 1:00-4:00pm, Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Location:
Miami Intercontinental Hotel

Individuals interested in attending this workshop need to register via the UAA web site by February 23, 2015. More information.

 

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Graduate Student Workshops

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is committed to promoting the professional growth and success of persons engaged in urban research. Historically, the UAA annual spring conference has offered short discussion roundtables that focus on professional development topics. In recent years, we have been pleased to jointly sponsor a full-day of professional development workshops with Routledge Publications. Student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The 2015 workshops are once again designed to equip students with a variety of academic and professional insights that are beneficial to research, teaching and/or policy-related careers. Participants leave with a digital resource packet that includes faculty presentations, links to valuable materials, and biographies of all participants in order to continue networking throughout the conference.  Individuals interested in attending the workshops should apply. More information.

Grad Student Workshops

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45th Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association

Miami, Florida
April 8-11, 2015

Call for Participation

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2014
(Late proposals or abstracts are not accepted)

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service/nonprofit professionals. UAA is dedicated to: creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life.  Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, the UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world. This goal is sought through a number of activities including an annual spring conference. This year’s annual conference will consist of several dynamic elements.  Here are some of the key components:

Special Conference Theme: Transnationalism from Above and Below: The Dynamics of Place-making in the Global City

This year’s conference theme focuses on place-making in the “global city,” with particular attention given to the actors, processes, strategies, and contingencies that shape urban settings and urban life. Thus, the conference theme will explore actions and processes from above (e.g. transnational capital and political institutions), as well as below (e.g. the work of civil society organizations, and the everyday actions of ordinary people).  Miami provides an apt setting for this exploration. Long established as a link between the United States and Latin America and a stronghold of Cuban American culture and political power, Miami is a regional destination for immigration, yet remains home to substantial Anglo and African American populations. The city now plays a prominent role as a regional trading hub encompassing international banking, finance, information technology, and other high-end service industries. Moreover, as a coastal city in an era of climate change and increasingly high-profile natural disasters, Miami is poised for change through global environmental processes. Against this backdrop, the conference plenary and individual presentations will examine how cities are adapting to meet global economic and environmental imperatives, who is engaged in leading these changes, and what opportunities and challenges these leaders face in mediating local outcomes.

We welcome proposals for presentations that address any of the topics listed below in any context across the globe:

UAA Approved Topic Categories
In keeping with the tradition of UAA Annual Meetings, we encourage proposals that focus on an array of research topics including:

  • Arts, Culture in Urban Contexts
  • Disaster Planning/Disaster Management for Urban Areas, Cities and National Security
  • Economic Development, Redevelopment, Tourism, Urban Economics, Urban Finance
  • Education Policy in Urban Contexts, Educational Institutions and Urban Inequalities
  • Environmental Issues, Sustainability
  • Globalization, Multi-national Urban Issues
  • Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, Regionalism, Urban Management
  • Historic Preservation, Space and Place
  • Historical Perspectives on Cities, Urban Areas
  • Housing, Neighborhoods, Community Development
  • Human Services and Urban Populations, Nonprofit/Voluntary Sector in Urban Contexts
  • Immigration, Population and Demographic Trends in Urban Areas
  • Infrastructure, Capital Projects, Networks, Transport, Urban Services
  • Labor, Employment, Wages, Training
  • Land Use, Growth Management, Urban Development, Urban Planning
  • Poverty, Welfare, Income Inequality
  • Professional Development, The Field of Urban Affairs
  • Public Safety in Urban Areas, Criminal Justice, Household Violence
  • Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Diversity
  • Social Capital, Democracy and Civil Society, Social Theory, Religion and the City
  • Urban Communication (Urban Media Roles, Urban Journalism, Social Media/Technology in Urban Life)
  • Urban Design, Urban Architecture
  • Urban Indicators, Data/Methods, Satisfaction/Quality of Life Surveys
  • Urban Politics, Elections, Citizen Participation
  • Urban Theory, Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Urban Affairs
  • SPECIAL TRACK: Urban Health
  • SPECIAL TRACK: Cities in Contemporary Geopolitics: Latin America and Beyond

Proposal Submission Formats and Policies

Submit a proposal through the UAA website for a:

  • Research paper presentation–(proposal requires an abstract) OR
  • Pre-organized panel–(proposal requires a group of 4-5 paper abstracts with moderator) OR
  • Pre-organized colloquy– (proposal requires theme statement & names of 4-5 formal discussants) OR
  • Breakfast roundtable–(proposal requires theme statement & names of 1-2 conveners) OR
  • Poster–(proposal requires an abstract)

UAA will not accept any proposals (of any kind) after October 1, 2014, 12 midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT) or 5:00am GMT.  The online submission site will close at 12:01 am CDT. Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by November 17, 2014
Participation Policy —One Session Rule

Individuals are limited to participating (as a presenter, speaker or moderator) in one (1) conference session.  A conference session is defined as: a panel, a colloquy, a poster display, or a breakfast roundtable. There is no limit to the number of papers/posters for which you are a co-author. Policy exception: persons asked to play a service role for UAA can participate in one additional session.
Conference Hotel and Participant Registration Rates

All conference activities (except where noted) will take place at The Intercontinental Hotel located along Miami’s Biscayne Bay. The UAA website will have a direct link for hotel reservations.  WARNING: The conference occurs the week after Easter when many schools will be on holiday which will fill up most hotels. The UAA block of rooms is expected to fill up by January 1. Make your reservation early!  ALL PARTICIPANTS (faculty, students, practitioners) must pay the designated fees for their registration category. Registration rates and payment links will be posted on the UAA website.

Conference Planning

Local Host Committee Members: Chair-Nicole Ruggiano, Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor, Malik Benjamin (Florida International University), and Richard Grant and J. Miguel Kanai (University of Miami)

Program Committee: Chair, Robert Chaskin (University of Chicago), Yasminah Beebeejaun (University College London), Cecilia Giusti (Texas A&M University), Deirdre Oakley (Georgia State University), and Carlos Arturo Flores Villela (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

Questions?

Visit the UAA conference website for info on proposal submissions, registration, hotel reservations, etc.
Contact us at conf@uaamail.org or 1-414-229-3025.

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is pleased to announce the Urban Communication Foundation (UCF)- 2015 UAA Conference Scholarship, which provides support to graduate students and early career faculty with demonstrated interest in urban communication, urban journalism, media studies, urban design, and urban architecture related topics.

Purpose

To encourage the participation of scholars (at graduate student and early career stages) who demonstrate interests in urban communication, urban journalism, media studies, urban design, and urban architecture related topics.

Eligibility

There are two requirements for eligibility:

1. Your conference presentation must consist of a paper that fits into one of the following topical categories:

  • Urban Communication (Urban Media Roles, Urban Journalism, Social Media/Technology in Urban Life)
  • Urban Design, Urban Architecture

2. You must be a current graduate student, or a faculty member in the first three years of your initial job appointment.

Benefits

The scholarship will cover 2015 UAA membership dues and the Miami conference registration fee.

Key dates & Deadlines

November 18, 2014

  • UAA will identify eligible persons whose papers have been accepted for presentation.
  • These individuals will be sent the application form and reminded of the scholarship criteria.

December 1, 2014

  • Completed applications and abstracts will be sent to UCF Executive Director for final selection decision.

December 15, 2014

  • Applicants will be notified of decision outcomes by the UAA Office.

January, 2015

  • UAA Office will process membership and registrations payments on behalf of recipients.

April 1, 2015

  • Recipients submit papers to UAA Office prior to conference.
  • Papers transmitted to UCF Executive Director.

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) will be offering a FREE pre-conference workshop on Urban Education Policy Advocacy to its 2015 conference participants. The workshop hopes to convene scholar activists who are actively engaged in or interested in topics such as education policy and urban inequality; market-based reforms; school financing; composition of the teaching body; standardized testing, and other related issues.

The workshop will take place at the Miami Intercontinental Hotel, the site of the 2015 UAA Conference, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Workshop organizers/facilitators include: Fred Ellis (Holy Names University); Kitty Kelly Epstein, the 2013 UAA Activist Scholar Award Recipient, (Holy Names University and Fielding Graduate University); Barbara Ferman (Temple University); and Kimberly Mayfield Lynch (Holy Names University).

Application Deadline: October 1, 2015

For more information about the content of the workshop and to pre-register (required), please visit: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/conference2015/special-tracks-workshops/workshop-on-urban-education-policy-advocacy/

 

Through joint sponsorship with Routledge Publications, the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) will once again offer a series of FREE graduate student workshops at its annual conference. IMPORTANT: An application is required for participation. The 2015 workshops include:

Workshop A: The Dissertation Process: From Proposal to Defense
Workshop B1: Getting Your First Job (Academic)
Workshop B2: Getting Your First Job (Non-Academic)
Workshop C: Dissertation Intensive
Workshop D: Publishing

The workshops will be facilitated by a diverse group of professionals working inside and outside of academia, who are at varying stages of their careers. With the exception of Workshop C, students accepted to participate in the workshops may select their workshop(s) of choice.

Application Deadline: December 2, 2014 by 5:00pm CST (LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED)

For more information about the workshops and to apply (required for participation) please visit: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/conference2015/special-tracks-workshops/professional-development-workshops-for-graduate-students/

Nomination Deadline:  November 3, 2014

To be considered for this award, a book must be nominated in writing, AND the required copies received at the UAA Office by the Nominations Deadline.

  • Books nominated for the 2015 award must have a copyright date of 2013, 2014, or 2015.
  • Decision of award selection committee due by: February 9, 2015.  The committee will convey its decision to the UAA Executive Director, who will notify the recipient, nominator and publisher.
  • Presentation of the award will take place at the Miami conference on April 10,2015

Read more details about the award.

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Nominations due: November 3, 2014
Award decision: February 9, 2015
Read more details about the award.

2015 Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award