PhD in Regional Planning Expectations

An ideal candidate for a highly sought-after position in academia must demonstrate research imagination, scholarly, creativity, the ability to plan, conduct, and present research, and the ability to teach effectively. A top candidate for a coveted research position must demonstrate intellectual curiosity and creativity and ability to formulate a research plan, draw inferences, and make strategic decisions from those inferences. There are no specific indicators of these abilities, but a number of accomplishments are suggestive and can help you judge your progress:

  • Academic performance well above the minimum required performance (see Requirements Summary and Probation Policy);
  • Completion of additional courses that help acquire more research tools, competency in a second specialization, or greater depth of understanding;
  • Active participation in seminars and workshops as discussant and presenter;
  • Teaching experience and training in programs such as the campus Graduate Teacher Certificate program;
  • Expeditious completion of the requirements for the degree (Timing);
  • Submission and publication of papers in refereed journals and books;
  • Preparation, alone or in conjunction with a member of the faculty, of a proposal for research support;
  • Presentation of research results in workshops, seminars, and regional, national, and international meetings;
  • Work experience in appropriate organizations;
  • External or campus recognition, such as teaching excellence, external fellowships, best paper or presentation awards, and outstanding thesis or dissertation prizes.
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