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Opening Speaker:


Dr. Kenneth Reardon, PhD




Session Title: TBD

Session Description:  TBD

Biography:  Ken has recently been appointed Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at The University of Memphis where he is involved in research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of neighborhood planning, community development, and community/university partnerships.  

Prior to joining the University of Memphis faculty, Ken served as an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University where he established the Cornell Urban Scholars Program and Cornell Urban Mentors Programs that involve more than eighty undergraduate and graduate students in credited fieldwork in several of New York City’s most economically distressed communities. Ken also played an instrumental role in establishing Cornell’s New Orleans Planning Initiative through which undergraduate and graduate planning students from Cornell, Columbia, and Illinois collaborated with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to devise a comprehensive recovery strategy for the 9th Ward which has been formally adopted by the City of New Orleans and has received significant national attention and Federal government support.  

Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2000, Ken served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign, where he established and directed the East St. Louis Action Research Project. This interdisciplinary community development effort has contributed to the revitalization of several of East St. Louis’ poorest neighborhoods while offering professional students, from a variety of disciplines, what are often life transforming education experiences.  

Ken currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Planning Literature and the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. He earned his BA in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1976, his Master of Urban Planning degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1982, and his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University in 1990. He completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Public Policy and Minority Communities at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota in 1996.  

Ken’s engaged scholarship activities have earned him numerous awards including: the 2000 President’s Award from the American Institute of Certified Planners; the 2001 Ernest A. Lynton Award for Faculty Professional Service and Academic Outreach from the New England Research Center on Higher Education, and the 2005 William A. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning from California Polytechnic State University at Pomona.