Vincent Reina, assistant professor of city and regional planning at the Weitzman School, has received the 2019 Rising Scholar Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. The award was announced at the ACSP Annual Conference in Greenville, South Carolina, held October 24 – 27, 2019.
Established in 2018, the ACSP Rising Scholar Award recognizes early-career scholars who demonstrate strong potential for a meritorious impact on planning scholarship based on the originality and rigor of his or her work. In identifying a winner, the selection committee considers the scholar’s impact on the larger research/academic/professional community and the general public; impact on the professional community (practitioners and academics; impact on a community; and impact on policy (local, state, or federal).
In an interview, Reina told the ASCP, “I am hopeful that we as planners will continue to connect research and practice, and use our privileged positions in the academy to support the many pioneering practitioners working to improve society.”
Reina’s research focuses on urban economics, low-income housing policy, household mobility, neighborhood change, and community and economic development. His work has been published in Urban Studies, Housing Policy Debate, and Journal of Housing Economics, among other journals.
The selection committee’s members include: Austin Troy, University of Colorado Denver (chair); John Gaber, Clemson University; Asha W. Agrawal, San Jose State University; Jason Cao, University of Minnesota; Yanmei Li, Florida Atlantic University; Zeenat Kotval-Karamchandani, Michigan State University; and Xueming (Jimmy) Chen, Virginia Commonwealth University.
To be eligible, scholars must be pre-tenure, tenure-track faculty members in an ACSP member program or department. The award is given each year using two alternating categories (tier one and non-tier one), which are intended to acknowledge differences in emphasis on research across programs, including time allocated for research and resources available to support research. The Department of City and Regional Planning at the Weitzman School is defined as a tier one program according to the Carnegie Classification.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) is a consortium of more than 100 university departments and programs offering planning degrees as well as programs that offer degrees affiliated with planning. The organization’s mission is to connect educators, researchers, and students, to advance knowledge about planning education and research, as well as promote the field of planning as a diverse global community that works collectively toward healthy, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods, cities, and regions.