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John Pipkin Dr. Pipkin joined the University in 1974, as a specialist in transportation and statistical methods and he developed undergraduate and graduate curriculum in these areas, and he participated in collaborative work with members of the Business School. His interested broadened to take in urban social geography, resulting in collaborative work with sociologists. He has taught many urban-oriented courses in the department. His interests in statistical applications and spatial analysis persist, but in recent years his main interests have centered on the built environment from an historical perspective, urban design and the history of public space, and nineteenth century landscape understandings, particularly the work of Henry David Thoreau. Dr. Pipkin’s interest in local history and architecture have resulted in many presentations and lectures to local groups, and leading to his participation as a joint-organizer in the University’s Albany Heritage Semester (Fall 2002). John has been active in faculty governance. He has served on the SUNY-wide Faculty Senate, and chaired the University at Albany’s Senate (2002-3). Has also been active in the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers, serving as President twice (1988, 2003). From 1995-1999 Dr. Pipkin served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. This is a full-time (but not permanent) administrative role filled by a senior faculty member. Pipkin had oversight (under the Provost) of advisement, academic support, interdisciplinary honors, Presidential Scholars, General Education, Project Renaissance, and related programs. Among other initiatives in this role he chaired the University’s Retention Task Force and developed (with Gary Gossen) an interdisciplinary course for high achieving undergraduates, Foundations of Great Ideas, in which he continues to teach whenever possible. He also oversaw the beginning of Albany’s current General Education program. Dr. Pipkin was appointed to the interdisciplinary Ph.D. faculty in Information Science in 1992, was made a Collins Fellow in 2001, and was promoted to Distinguished Service Professor in 2003.
Corianne P. Scally (Ph.D., Urban Planning & Public Policy, Rutgers University, 2007). Dr. Scally has a B.A. in International Affairs and a Master's in Science in Planning from Florida State University. Before pursuing her Ph.D. at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, she worked in affordable housing development and industrial business retention and workforce issues on the westside of Chicago for several years. In these professional planning positions with nonprofit organizations, she was consistently frustrated with the various policy barriers that made her job of revitalizing communities and offering assistance to businesses and households so difficult. This shaped her research agenda on understanding the forces that influence policymaking and planning for housing, especially at the level of state government. She has pursued these interests through research on state housing policy, state housing finance agencies, and statewide nonprofit housing coalitions.  Dr. Scally has published on state housing policy innovation in California and New Jersey in Housing Policy Debate (with Victoria Basolo) and by state housing finance agencies in the Journal of Planning Education and Research. Her research also continues to be concerned with how low-income communities can overcome policy-related obstacles placed in their paths. This is evidenced by her work with Norman Glickman (Rutgers) on community organizing and urban education reform, published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, and her research on providing housing for ex-offenders published in Shelterforce. Scally has presented her work at multiple peer-reviewed conferences hosted by ACSP and the Urban Affairs Association, and has given invited talks at an APA  conference, as well as to audiences in Delaware and Washington, D.C. With David Lewis, Scally developed a training module and manual for a survey initiative of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and conducted three training sessions for volunteers throughout Upstate New York. Her current research includes survey, document analysis and interview research on state associations of community development corporations, and a quasi-experimental evaluation of the household-, project-, and community-level effects of New York State investment in housing through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Housing Trust Fund programs.
Christopher J. Smith Chris Smith is Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, Last year he was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence with the Hong Kong America Center, and was also appointed as Visiting Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Smith is an urban geographer whose research and teaching interests are in the area of urban social problems, including health and health care delivery, homelessness, and mental illness. Within the last decade most of Chris’s research focus has shifted to East Asia, especially China, and his recent work has been concerned with the social and cultural consequences of China’s transition away from socialism; the majority of his work in this area has been summarized in two books, one written in 1991, the other in 2000, as well a number of journal articles. He is particularly interested in the implications of modernization and economic development in China’s largest cities, and the transformation and (sub) urbanization of the Chinese countryside. His recent research publications include a number of articles dealing with migration, urbanization, and health care delivery issues in Chinese cities. The published articles dealing with these issues have investigated the adverse human health consequences associated with rapid urbanization and modernization, in conjunction with the economic reforms that have resulted in higher incomes in most parts of China. Dr. Smith has also been involved in studies of migration from the Chinese countryside to the cities, with a particular emphasis on issues of adjustment and identity among transient or “floating” populations in the receiving areas (the cities); and the economic and demographic implications of the out-migration phenomenon for the sending regions (the rural areas).

In his most recent work Dr. Smith has begun to look at several distinct but closely interrelated sets of issues. The first of these deals with the issue of disease and modernity in China, focusing on state discourse and public health policies adopted to deal with catastrophic urban-based diseases in China. This research looks at the plague outbreak at the end of the 19th Century, and the reemergence of STD’s and the emergence of HIV/AIDS in contemporary China. The second project considers the proposition that China has now passed “through” its modernization phase, and has firmly entered an era of postmodernity. The third project involves an investigation of dissidence, discontent, and public acts of resistance in contemporary China.


On the basis of his wide knowledge and extensive research focusing on contemporary China, Chris was one of the pioneers of the University at Albany’s Urban China Research Network. He received, along with Albany colleagues, funding for the Network from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for an initial three years, in 1999. The network is intended to be multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional, effectively establishing a ‘virtual center’ to conduct and support research and training activities focusing on internal migration and its impacts on urbanization in contemporary China. All activities will be coordinated from Albany, but the Advisory Board for the network is made up of scholars based in North America, Europe, Hong Kong, and China. By design, the Board members represent a broad range of disciplines, including sociologists, demographers, geographers, urban planners, political scientists, historians, anthropologists, and economists. In its first 18 months the Network has successfully launched two rounds of the Student (PhD) Research Program; one round of the New Faculty Grants Program; and has selected two “working groups,” which will be funded for three years to conduct research and write research proposals dealing with the nature and outcome of the process of urban transformation in China. Dr. Smith acts as the Albany-based coordinator and consultant for one of the two working groups that is investigating the urban transformation in China and the reorganization of the state in an era of globalization; and he is also coordinator of second working group focusing on the relationship between migration and the spread of HIV/AIDS in China.
Roger Stump Roger Stump is Professor of Geography at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where he has taught since 1982. He also holds a joint appointment in the University’s interdisciplinary Religious Studies program. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Kansas with a double major in French and English. He received a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University, and after working as a librarian for several years returned to the University of Kansas to complete a doctorate in geography. At the University at Albany he has taught a variety of courses in cultural geography, other aspects of human geography, and quantitative methods. In 1990 received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. In the early 1990s and again in the early 2000s he served as Chair of the Department of Geography and Planning. In the middle 1990s he also served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. In the latter capacity, he oversaw the University at Albany’s General Education program. In 1998-99, he served as the Chair of the University Senate, and in that capacity also served as the faculty representative on the University at Albany’s University Council.
Professor Stump has published numerous articles and book chapters dealing with various aspects of cultural geography, with a particular emphasis on the geography of religion. In 1986 he edited a special issue on the geography of religion for the Journal of Cultural Geography. His research on the geography of religion has covered a variety of topics, including regional variations in the determinants of religious behavior, the persistence of ethnic parishes in the Roman Catholic Church, the historical geography of the Disciples of Christ, and the global spread of religious broadcasting. Most recently, however, it has focused on religious fundamentalism and other forms of religious conflict. In 2000 he published the first geographical monograph dealing with religious fundamentalism, Boundaries of Faith: Geographical Perspectives on Religious Fundamentalism (Rowan and Littlefield). Based on that work, he was an invited speaker at a symposium entitled “Democracy and Religion: Free Exercise and Diverse Visions” held at Kent State University in 2002 and will be an invited speaker at a symposium on “The Clash of Knowledges” sponsored by the University of Heidelberg in April 2006. He also contributed a major chapter on religion and war to The Geography of War and Peace, edited by Colin Flint (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004). Finally, he is finishing work on a second monograph, Placing the Sacred: The Contextuality and Spatiality of Religions, under contract with Rowman and Littlefield, currently planned for publication in 2007. Beyond that, future research interests include the political dimensions of early Calvinist theology and practice and the rise of fringe fundamentalist groups in the United States in recent decades.
Summary of University at Albany Affiliations of Full-Time Faculty

Professor Bromley holds a joint appointment with the Department of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies and is a member of the Public Policy Faculty. Additionally, he is on the Board of the SUNY Press and has an extensive list of collaborations with other universities.

Professor Huang is also a research associate at the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (CSDA) and is joint appointed in East Asian Studies, with which some of her courses are cross-listed. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Urban China Research Network, which is part of the Lewis Mumford Center. 

Professor Lapenas holds a joint appointment with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and collaborates on a regular basis with scientists from NY University (Biology Department), the U.S. Geologic Survey (NY, MA and CA offices), the U.S. Forest Service (NH), and internationally with the International Institute for Applied and System Analysis (IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria).

Professor Lawson has an adjunct position with the Public Policy Program on the Downtown Campus, is part of the Informatics faculty, is an Associate of the Center for the Elimination of Health Disparities, and Chair of the Task Force on the Built Environment. She also does joint research with Kirsten Davison in the School of Public Health (East Campus) and is a member of the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) at CUNY. Additionally, she collaborates regularly with the Portland State University Center for Urban Studies, the Washington State University Transportation Research Group, and the University of Washington Transportation Center.

Professor Lewis is currently collaborating on projects with, the University of Michigan, U.S. Department of Commerce, the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) and the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC), and researchers at the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is also working with the CDPA on building an Alumni network and has recently completed a study for the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the National Park Service. Within UAlbany his is a member of the Public Adminstration and Policy faculty and a research faculty with the Lewis Mumford Center.

Professors Mower and Pipkin are on the Information Science interdisciplinary PhD faculty, and Pipkin also regularly participates in interdisciplinary (UNI-) teaching in the Presidential Scholars program.

Professor Smith is an international known researcher on urban China and Director of the Globalization Studies Major.


Professor Stump is on the Information Science interdisciplinary PhD faculty, and is also affiliated with the Religious Studies program.
Adjunct Faculty Engagement
The Department is fortunate to have a distinguished group of adjunct and affiliate faculty, several of whom play are important role in the current USP program, and who will continue to do so in the revised program. Adjunct faculty who have made recent and substantial contributions to Urban Studies and Planning instruction are the following:
Paul Bray JD 1968, (Columbia) is a lawyer and writer active in environmental and planning law, public affairs, and historic preservation in the Albany region. He served for 29 years as Senior Counsel the New York State Legislative Bill Drafting Commission. In this role he drafted many important laws including “State Environmental Quality Review Law,” “Urban Cultural Park Act,” an “New York State Historic Preservation Act.” He also served to 16 years as General Counsel to the Hudson-Mohawk Urban Cultural Park Commission. Mr. Bray writes a monthly column in the area’s principal newspaper, the Times Union, and is very active in local civic associations. He has served as Director of the Sierra Club (Atlantic Chapter), Washington Park Conservancy, New York Parks and Conservation Association, and Historic Albany Foundation. He is the founder an President of The Albany Roundtable. Mr. Bray regularly teaches for the department at the undergraduate and graduate level on Parks, Preservation, and Heritage Planning.
Todd Fabozzi MRP 1994 (University at Albany) began his professional life as a social studies teacher. Since 1996 he has served as Program Manager and GIS Specialist with the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, Albany, NY. He develops, manages, and maintains the Commission’s GIS systems, water quality program, and also works on regional growth analysis and smart growth, having made more than 40 presentations to date. Some significant achievement include: GIS coverages for the FAA for eight NYS airports, and service as a technical advisor on similar programs; development of systems for the Welfare to Work program of the Capital District Transportation Authority, and membership on many public and policy development groups, including NYS Local Government GIS Workgroup and the Capital District Transportation Committee’s taskforces on the Future, and Quality Regions. Mr. Fabozzi has taught advanced GIS courses for the department since 1998.

Rocco Ferraro MCRP, 1975 (Ohio State University) is Executive Director of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, where he previously served as Director of Planning Services. His previous appointments include Principal Planner with Edwards and Kelcey, Saratoga Springs, and Planner for Toledo-Lucas County. Mr. Ferraro has served as Vice President and Director of Legislative Affairs of the New York Upstate Chapter of the APA, and other his other memberships include Town of Clifton Park Environmental Conservation Commission, and the Landuse Advisory Committee of the New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. Mr. Ferraro has been involved in many types of planning, including zoning, commercial revitalization, economic development, bicycle planning, land use analysis, and housing studies. He regularly teaches a core course in the Urban Studies and Planning major, “Introductory Urban Planning.”
Glenn Harland MA (Geography, University at Albany, 1994) is currently with New York State Office of Children and Family Services. He previously served as a GIS Analyst with Applied GIS, and has consulted widely on GIS and computing topics. Long associated with our department, Glenn has taught GOG 101 “Introduction to Physical Geography” for ten years.
Christopher O’Connor (MA Geography, University at Albany 2002) is currently a GIS specialist with the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology, Inc, and previously worked with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. He has served as mapping activities coordinator for FEMA flood insurance studies, and has acted as technical advisor on various environmental issues. He regularly teaches GIS for the department.
Jeffrey Olson MA (Empire State College, 1994), R.A., is an architect and planner in private consulting practice in the Capital Region. He specializes in the development of green infrastructure, and has a particular interest in pedestrian and bicycle planning. He has served as Director of Millennium Trails (Office of US Secretary for Transportation), and as Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Manager for NYS Department of Transportation. He was project leader of the award winning Greenway Project in Grand Canyon National Park, and has received many other honors and awards. He co-directs the University’s Initiative for Healthy Infrastructure with Prof. Catherine Lawson. He has authored many works including The New York State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, 1997. He developed for the department what may well be the first university-level course in Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning in the United States which he teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level.
S. Thyagarajan FIIA, AICP, has degrees in city & regional planning and architecture. He is currently Director of Urban & Regional Planning at Energy Answers Corporation, Albany, NY. In his career in regional planning from 1963 to 1982 he was responsible for the development of regional plans for the Baltimore, Detroit, and Albany, and for the Belgrade Region in presentday Serbia. He served as the chief transportation planner for the London region from 197072 and consulted for the UN Development Program in South Korea in 1974. He served as Deputy Executive Director of the Tri-State Regional Planning Commission (NY Metro Area) from 1980-82. From 1984-96 he directed a bureau staff at the NYS Division for Youth as the Director of Facilities Planning and Development. Active as a volunteer in Albany NY for many years, he is on the boards of various local organizations involved in health and human services, has served on the Mayor's Committees on retailing, downtown and urban design, and on the Albany Civic Forum, Riverfront Action, and Albany Land Use Advisory Committee of the State Commission on the Capital Region. “Thyag’s” long-standing role in teaching with the Department currently involves work in graduate and undergraduate courses and studios in urban design, site planning, comprehensive planning, and international urban planning.

Historical Context
Structure of the Existing Faculty-Initiated Major in Urban Studies and Planning
The following are the requirements of the existing major.
General Program B.A.: A minimum of 36 credits including:

  • 18-19 credits of required core courses from the following list: AGOG 125M, 225 or 225Z (formerly 120 or 120Z), APLN 220 and any three from: AGOG 220, AGOG 321M/AEAS321M/ALCS 321M, AGOG 324, AGOG 328/APLN 328/AWSS 328, AGOG 330/APLN 330, AGOG 480, APLN 315Z, APLN 320Z

  • Four planning courses at the 400 or 500 level. Registration in 500-level courses is limited to seniors who obtain the permission of the program director and of the course instructor.

  • Two courses in one cognate discipline: Anthropology (AANT 119N, 334, 372 or 372Z), or Economics (AECO 341 or 341Z, and 456Z), or Education (EEDU 427, and either 400 or 401), or History (AHIS 303Z, 317 or 317Z, 318 or 318Z), or Political Science (RPOS 321/RPUB 321, RPOS 323, RPOS 424), or Sociology (ASOC 373 and 375).

The three required course for the USP major are:




  • AGOG 125 (The American City)

  • AGOG 225 (World Cities)

  • APLN 220 (Introduction to Urban Planning)

These three courses provide an account of the history and current state of affairs in the US city; an analysis of urbanization and its associated problems in cities around the world; and an in-depth investigation of the history and current practice of urban planning in the USA. Student electives from the other courses listed (see above), ensure that they (students) are able to complement this core of knowledge either with a more detailed focus on some of the core issues in urban studies, as in the case of Urban Geography (GOG 220), Advanced Urban Geography (GOG 480), State and Regional Planning (PLN 315), and International Urban Planning (PLN 320); or specific course that develop themes related to urban issues, such as Gender Space and Place (AGOG 328/APLN 328/AWSS 328).


Majors in the USP program are also required to take four 400-plus level courses in Planning, which they usually begin after completing several of the core courses (see above). It should be noted that many students take at least one GIS course in this category, and either one or two Internship courses, which are not required but are highly recommended.
The interdisciplinary status of the USP major requires student to register for two courses in one of the six cognate disciplines listed above, namely: Anthropology, Economics, Education, History, Political Science, Sociology. In reality, the list of available course in each of these departments varies from one year to the next, and with such factors as faculty leaves and new hires. This has been one of the major problems students have encountered in fulfilling the requirements of the USP major, and it has meant that the program advisors have had to, on some occasions, exercise discretion in this matter, for example, by allowing students to “mix-and-match” courses from two different cognate disciplines, and to use courses developed in other departments since the most recent revision of the USP requirements.
In the recent Self Study and Compact Planning processes it was decided to propose USP as a full departmental major. In addition, we felt that the USP major could be strengthened in a number of ways, including the following:

  • improving and streamlining the sequencing of courses and reducing redundancy among both core and elective courses; for example, we will examine the status of , or Explorations in the Multi-cultural City (AGOG 321M/AEAS 321M/LCS 321M) and modify, revive, or purge it.

  • revising the list of cognate course offerings to purge course that are no longer being offered, and to search for new courses that can be offered at regular intervals in other departments;

  • offering new and more ‘marketable’ courses, including a required methods courses for all USP majors (spatial statistics, GIS, or Remote Sensing), and environmental studies specialty courses;

  • improve and extend faculty-student interactions by delegating advisement to more faculty members, especially those specializing in planning fields;

  • improve gender and ethnic/racial diversity within the major, by developing local area high school outreach programs which will be offered and staffed by Departmental faculty and a dedicated GA;

  • extend the pool of internship opportunities available to USP majors, by networking more effectively with Capital District-based planners and urban professionals, and by surveying past and present internship supervisors;

  • improve the experience of internships (for both USP majors and for the agencies offering the internships) by providing more specifically useful and transferable skills in the core and elective courses, including GIS training, upper-level writing courses, and environmental studies courses;

  • improve community service and service learning opportunities, in part by increasing the availability of and access to internships, by increasing the number of workshop courses within the major, and by high-school outreach programs;

  • improve alumni tracking, which would help to increase the pool of potential internship opportunities (within the local area), and to expand the Department’s network of urban studies and planning scholars and practitioners (both nationally and internationally).

The new major proposal addresses many of these concerns. The complexity of the requirements is substantially reduced. A methods course is now mandated, and so is a community engagement experience such as an internship. In the revised program the cognate requirement is simplified and more flexible, without diminishing the exposure to other urban-oriented disciplines. Many of the other improvements to the USP program suggested by our Self-Study and external review are not curricular, but are ongoing in the department. For example we have made serious efforts to track alumni and keep in touch we them, to develop varied internship contacts more aggressively, and to involve more department faculty in advisement and mentoring.


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