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Competition for the 2015–2016 Fesler-Lampert Chair

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is pleased to announce the competition for the 2015–2016 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs, and invites interested faculty from across the University of Minnesota to apply for this award.

The Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs was established in 1999 through the vision and generosity of David and Elizabeth Fesler. It was created to recognize faculty members with a distinguished record of research and teaching related to matters of urban and regional significance who propose to use the resources of the Chair to undertake research/scholarly activities that will further this work on behalf of the University.

The endowment will generate approximately $40,000 to support, for one year, the research activities of a University of Minnesota faculty member for work on a project related to urban and regional affairs in Minnesota. Funds may be used for release time, research assistance, or other support for the project, and may be used for new projects or projects already under way.

Prior chair holders have included John Adams (Department of Geography), Eugene Borgida (Department of Psychology), Patrick Brezonik (Department of Civil Engineering), Ann Markusen (Humphrey School of Public Affairs), Myron Orfield (School of Law), Kathy Fennelly (Humphrey School of Public Affairs), Scott McConnell (Department of Educational Psychology), Susan Galatowitsch (Department of Horticultural Science), Ann Masten (Institute of Child Development), and Hari Osofsky (University of Minnesota Law School).

Applicants for the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs must submit the following items:

  1. A letter of no more than four pages describing the project—including the specific work to be accomplished while holding the chair—and discussing the project’s importance for understanding urban or regional issues. The letter should include a proposal for how the funds will be spent.
  2. A brief statement outlining the applicant’s experience and preparation for undertaking the proposed
    project and discussing how carrying out this project will strengthen the applicant's future teaching and research/scholarship.
  3. A current curriculum vitae.

The faculty member who is selected will be expected at the conclusion of the project to prepare a 3500-word manuscript for publication in the CURA Reporter, CURA’s quarterly report of faculty research.

Application materials for the 2015–2016 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs should be emailed to cura-fl@umn.edu by 4:30 p.m. on March 16, 2015.

For more information about CURA, visit www.cura.umn.edu. Questions about the competition, the application process, or the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs should be addressed to Edward Goetz at (612) 624-8737 or egoetz@umn.edu.


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