Dear Iowa APA members:
I am seeking planners in both the public and private sectors who would be
willing to be interviewed by an Iowa State University Planning student. I
am currently teaching an undergraduate planning theory course and one of
their class assignments is to interview and "shadow" a planner for a day.
The idea of this assignment is to teach them about what planners do, how do
we do it and how do ethics shape our work and/or our decisions. I am
particularly looking for individuals who have a degree in planning or are
If you are willing to participate please let me know. I am going to try and
match-up students and planners based on geographical location, type of work
(i.e. city vs. county; private vs public sector) and area of interest
(transportation, urban design, land use, community development, etc.) so if
you could provide me with your name, title/position/agency, contact
information and specialization, that would be helpful. In terms of a time
line, the interviews/shadowing will need to take place during the next
couple of months for the assignment is due mid April.
As some of you are probably aware, I have made a similar requests over the
past several years and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you
for being so generous with your time. Thanks to all of you all of the
students in the past were paired with a planner and they all reported it to
be a worthwhile exercise (and judging from their papers, I believe they
greatly benefited from the experience). I have a very large class this year
consisting of 55 students so your willingness to volunteer would be greatly
appreciated. Also if you could suggest someone else -- perhaps in your
office, who also might be willing to participate, that would also be most
welcome. Thank you.
Susan L. Bradbury, Ph.D.
Department of Community & Regional Planning
Iowa State University
email: bradbury (AT) iastate (DOT) edu