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[IowaAPA] interview/shadowing request

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Susan Bradbury

Guest
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,
if possible, "shadow" a planner. 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.

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, environmental, 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 early 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).
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.

Sincerely,

Susan L. Bradbury, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Community & Regional Planning
Iowa State University
(515) 294-8720
email: bradbury (AT) iastate (DOT) edu
 
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DONNA L SAMPSON

Guest
Hi Susan,



Alicia Rosman (ISU CRP December 2008) and I are both at Region 6 Planning Commission in Marshalltown. Either one or both of us would be happy to have your student(s) interview us and/or shadow.



Alicia was hired in January 2000 primarily to do the hazard mitigation planning for our region's four counties. But really we do a little of everything around here, and other than GIS, which only Alicia does, we all work together to get things done. Region 6 is a COG and works with 44 communities in Tama, Hardin, Marshall, and Poweshiek Counties. We are also the RPA that does the regional transportation planning for state and federal highway funds and enhancements (mostly trails). We also have Peoplerides, the public transit for elderly and disabled, and we do grantwriting and grant management for housing rehabilitation projects, sewer and water projects, community development projects, historic preservation and downtown revitalization projects, etc.



Please contact Alicia at arosman (AT) region6planning (DOT) org or me at dsampson (AT) region6planning (DOT) org if you have a student that is interested.



Thanks for thinking of us.



Donna Sampson

MCRP 2003



To: IowaAPA (AT) yahoogroups (DOT) com
From: bradbury (AT) iastate (DOT) edu
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2010 08:44:47 -0600
Subject: [IowaAPA] interview/shadowing request





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,
if possible, "shadow" a planner. 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.

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, environmental, 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 early 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).
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.

Sincerely,

Susan L. Bradbury, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Community & Regional Planning
Iowa State University
(515) 294-8720
email: bradbury (AT) iastate (DOT) edu





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