Hibbard wins prestigious award
Planning, Public Policy and Management Professor Emeritus Michael Hibbard is the winner of the 2012 Jay Chatterjee Award for Distinguished Service to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
The award recognizes an individual whose exceptional service, actions, and leadership have had a lasting and positive impact on ACSP and its member schools. The award will be presented at the ACSP conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, in November.
“Mike has been an outstanding colleague and has been dedicated in his service to both the University of Oregon and ACSP,” PPPM Professor and Department Head Richard Margerum said. “When I sought out letters of support for his nomination, several people jumped at the opportunity and I ended up with many more offers than I had room to include. People appreciated not only his level of service but also his calm and open leadership approach.”
Hibbard has held a number of leadership positions with ACSP, including president of ACSP from 2005-2009 and coeditor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research from 2000-2004. He has also served as coeditor of Progress in Planning and as associate editor of Society and Natural Resources.
“Organizations like ACSP serve a critical role for supporting teaching and research in planning across the United States, but not many people are willing to take on such significant leadership positions because they can be very time-consuming and complex,” Margerum said. “Since 1998, (Mike has) provided nearly nonstop service to ACSP.”
Hibbard has played a key leadership role in extending the reach of ACSP, including serving as ACSP representative to the International Steering Committee for the 2001 World Planning Schools Congress in Shanghai. “The steering committee faced difficult cultural, financial, and organizational challenges. Mike’s work on that committee ‘was sensitive, insightful, and most importantly successful well beyond expectations,’ ” the ACSP website said in announcing Hibbard’s award.
Above: Professor Emeritus Michael Hibbard
After the Shanghai Congress, Hibbard continued the effort of extending the reach of ACSP by serving on the Planning Globally Taskforce and co-chairing the ACSP Global Planning Educators Interest Group. As supporting letters summarized, Hibbard made a major contribution in extending, “the reach of ACSP to the world stage” and his leadership helped ACSP “become less provincial and more cosmopolitan in outlook and reach.”
For more than two decades, Hibbard has worked for ACSP on most of its important activities. “His exceptional service, actions, and leadership have made a positive contribution with a lasting impact that deserves to be recognized by the Jay Chatterjee Award,” the website concludes.
Hibbard, who received his PhD in regional planning from UCLA, joined the faculty at UO in 1980. He chaired the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management from 1988-1997 and from 2000-2004. He is founding director of the Institute for Policy Research and Innovation. He is also a participating faculty member in UO’s Environmental Studies, Historic Preservation, and International Studies programs, and a faculty fellow in the Rural Studies Program at Oregon State University.
He has also coedited three books, including Toward One Oregon: Rural-Urban Interdependence and the Evolution of a State; Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning; and Urbanism and Urban Planning at Many Scales: Selections from Recent North American Planning Scholarship.
Hibbard has also published more than fifty scholarly articles, book chapters, and professional reports as well as numerous book reviews and other writings. He has presented invited lectures in sixteen countries and been a visiting scholar at Adelaide University and the University of Queensland (Australia), Kyoto University (Japan), Seoul National University (South Korea), and the University of the South Pacific (Fiji).
The Jay Chatterjee Award has been awarded since 1987, and is normally, but not always, awarded in alternate years. The 2012 Jay Chatterjee Award Committee included Don Miller, Sanda Kaufman, Charles Connerly, and G. William Page as chair. The committee considered five nominees.
Above: Hibbard in action teaching a PPPM class. Photo by Cody Rappaport.