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I recently participated in an
assessment of a professional
program at another leading
university, one that has a solid
reputation in the field of urban
planning. The site visit provided
evidence that the program's well-earned reputation
was more than justified, much like our own School of
Architecture's recent accreditation site visit suggested
the same for its program.
One of the virtues of these site visits is that they
provide an opportunity for self-reflection, whether
one is hosting the visit or serving as an evaluator.
One lesson these accreditation processes provide is to
consistently remind us of the value of "glue."
Glue?? Yes glue. In academia in general, and
especially among professional programs like ours
that draw our faculty and our students from various
disciplines, it is the common intellectual threads,
or glue, that binds us together into a distinct and
hopefully distinguished enterprise. And as we go
about the work of developing a strategic plan for DCP,
this becomes especially relevant.
One of the ways to develop these necessary
common intellectuals threads is to engage in
collaborative learning activities. For students, this
may involve crossing disciplinary boundaries, such
as in examining issues of sustainability in a course
outside their major. Or it may involve stepping
outside the comfort zone of the practice world to see
how professions function throughout the globe.
For faculty, it frequently involves finding ways
to broaden a core set of specialized research and
teaching interests to make connections with similarly
narrowly construed agendas of other faculty.
Certainly, there is great value in faculty specializations
within a given discipline, and to pursue that area of
interest even if it doesn't necessarily mesh precisely
with others. Yet without the connecting links, the
commonly shared interests and the intellectual glue
that these afford, faculty scholars can operate in
isolation, resulting in programs that lack identity and
shared purpose.
When we think about intellectual glue from the
vantage point of a college like ours with strong
individual units, we are confronted with the

challenge of maintaining the credibility of those
individual units while achieving a shared vision of
what makes DCP distinctive. We currently have a
variety of groups within the college looking at issues
affecting all of us, including our current and future
offerings in sustainability, our needs and desires
in instructional and research-focused technology,
our expanding activities in the area of preservation,
funding priorities for our long-term development,
space needs and opportunities, further collaborations
with other campus units, such as the colleges of
Fine Arts, Health and Human Performance, and
Law, our expanding international and off-campus
programs, strengthening our Ph.D program, and the
development of distance learning and web-based
courses. These separate but related explorations,
in conjunction with efforts ongoing within our
departments, schools and programs, will lead us to
better identify those intellectual threads that bind our
individual parts into a unique enterprise. And that
should enable us to create a logical and compelling
shared vision that will further our efforts to be the
best at what we do.
A key ingredient of a glue that can bind effectively
such a diverse group as we are in DCP is "collegiality."
Collegiality simply is the act of practicing camaraderie
among colleagues. Interestingly, however, it also
implies an equal sharing of authority among those
colleagues. In this sense, it is the essence of what we
refer to here at UF as shared governance. As we go
about the task in the months ahead of identifying our
individual and shared visions for the future, we will
need to draw upon a fair share of collegiality to make
the process work well. If we approach the task with
an understanding of our responsibilities to work as
comrades as well as our authority to be engaged on
an equal footing in the decision process, we will have
created the sort of glue that so many other colleges
like ours just can't quite manufacture.


Christopher Silver, Ph.D., AICP
Dean and Professor


DCP Places High in 7 Designntelligence Rankings
DCP Places High in 2007 DesignIntelligence Rankings

U F's School of Architecture and Departments of
Interior Design and Landscape Architecture continue
to be recognized as top programs in the country and in
the South by DesignIntelligence. All three programs were
strong contenders in DI's 8th annual America's Best
Architecture and Design Schools 2007 survey.
Both Interior Design's graduate and undergraduate
programs were ranked, 6th and 7th respectively, on
the Top lo Interior Design Programs list. Additionally,
both programs were listed 1st in the South. This is the
highest Interior Design's programs have been collectively
ranked since the survey began in 2000. The 2007 survey
included new questions this year about sustainability
preparedness. Interior Design ranked 3rd in the nation
on DI's Skill Assessment Ranking questions about

sustainable design concepts and principles.
Architecture's master's program was listed 17th on the
Top 20 Architecture Programs list and 1st in the 12-state
South region. Landscape Architecture was listed 5th in the
DI's 2007 survey ranks accredited undergraduate and
graduate architecture and design programs from the
perspective of practitioners in the field. Respondents
are required to be highly involved in the hiring and
performance of graduates and are asked to indicate
which schools produce the most prepared graduates.
Congratulations to all units for continuing to produce
graduates recognized as best prepared in the nation by
design firms.


i Phillips Selected as External Expert for OECD
URP professor Rhonda Phillips recently was selected
as an external expert for the Organization for Economic
Co-Operation and Development's (OECD) project on
designing skills strategies.
The OECD, with funding from the European
Commission, selected only ten external experts in
the world to participate in the Local Economic and
Employment Development Project (LEED). As one of
two North American experts, Phillips will develop a case
based on North American experience in skill strategy
development. Low skills represent a considerable risk in
the global economy, and policy makers are developing
specific strategies to address approaches to upgrading
skills for hard-to-reach groups. The LEED project
will serve to bring together a variety of approaches
and strategies that are effective for this environment.
Phillips' case focuses on the Choctaw Tribe of Mississippi,
which has served as an innovator in low-skills worker
development with outcomes that have garnered national
a Smailes and Schattner to Receive
Teaching/Adving Awards

BCN professor Dr. Richard Smailes and BCN staff Sallie
Schattner have both been selected to receive Teaching/
Advising Awards for DCP's 2006-2007 academic year.
Smailes and Schattner were selected by a review com-
mittee composed of faculty representatives from all five
academic units and student representatives from the
Architecture College Council and Building Construction
College Council. This recognition by students and peers
is a great honor and exemplifies their extraordinary
commitment to the art of teaching and advising.

i DCP Staff and Faculty Recognized at Service

Congratulations to those staff members recognized for
their continuous years of service to the University of

25 Years of Service:
Crystal Lee, Dean's Office
Richard Markle, Dean's Office
to Years of Service:
Mary Kramer, Architecture

20 Years of Service:
Dave Ellis, Dean's Office
Rebecca Hudson, Architecture
5 Years of Service:
Stanley Amos, Dean's Office
Cynthia Dennison, Dean's Office
Robert Matckie, Dean's Office
Diep Nguyen, Shimberg Center
Jim Martinez, Shimberg Center

DCP Service Award recipients at the DCP Service Lun-
cheon on Feb. 8 (left to right):
Stanley Amos, Diep Nguyen, Mary Kramer, Rebecca
Hudson and Crystal Lee.



4 Phillips Serves as Journal Editor, Completes
Fifth Book
URP professor Rhonda Phillips was named as
community indicators section editor for the journal
of Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARQOL) for
the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies
The aim of the journal is to publish conceptual,
methodological and empirical papers dealing with
quality-of-life studies in the applied areas of the natural
and social sciences and is the official journal of ISQOLS.
It welcomes papers crafted from inter-disciplinary, inter-
professional and international perspectives.
The research guides decision making in a variety of
professions and industries and helps decision makers
apply performance measures and outcome assessment
techniques based on concepts such as well-being, human
satisfaction, human development, happiness, wellness
and quality of life. The Editorial Review Board is divided
into specific sections indicating the broad scope of
practice covered by the journal, and the section editors
are distinguished scholars from many countries across
the globe. For submission guidelines, see www.isqols.org.
Phillips also recently completed her fifth book,
Community Quality-of-Life Indicators Best Practices III,
as co-editor with Joe Sirgy (Virginia Tech) and Don Rath
(College of William & Mary). Her work in community
indicators includes international applications, as well
as participation as a presenter for the 2006 United
Nation World Urban Forum on Community Indicators in

Historic Preservation Lecture Series

2/22/07, 5:50 p.m.
Michael Tomlin, Director
Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
Planning, Cornell University

3/08/07, 5:50 p.m.
Richard Pieper, Director of Preservation
Jan Hird Pokomy Associates, NYC

3/29/07, 5:50 p.m.
Nancy E. Richards, Curator of Collections
Tyron's Palace, New Bern, NC

All lectures are held in
Fine Arts Building B, Room 103

School ofArchitecture Spring
2007 Lecture Series

Terence Riley
Director, Miami Art Museum
Miami, FL

Agostino Bossi
Preside del Corso di Laurea
Facolta of Architecture, Universita di
***Sponsored by Historic Preservation

Tom Kundig
Principal, Olsen Sunberg Kundig Allen
Seattle, Wash.

All lectures are located
at the Harn Museum's
Chandler Auditorium at 6 p.m.

jInternational BCN Students Visit DCP

Dr. Charles Kibert (pictured above right) with building
construction students visiting from Nantes, France.

Eighteen students from Eugene Lycee Livet, a French
school of building construction in Nantes, France vis-
ited Gainesville on Feb. 15 as part of a two-week trip to
Florida. The students were given walking tours of the UF
campus and Downtown Gainesville, a luncheon at Rinker
Hall and a reception at the Florida Community Design


February 2007

Facets ofSustainability Lecture Series

Upcoming Lectures:

2/27/07, 4:30 p.m.

Environmental Justice
Dr. Joan Flocks, UF Levin College of Law

3/6/07, 4:30 p.m.

Cultural Pluralism and Sustainability
Dr. Allen Burns, UF Department of

3/20/07, 4:30 p.m.

Creating Sustainable Communities
Dr. Mark Hostetler, UF Department of
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

4/3/07, 4:30 p.m.

How Green is your Gator? Panel Discussion
Chris Machen, UF's First Lady,
Dedee Delongpre, Director, UF Office of
Student Leaders from Gators for a
Sustainable Campus

4/10/07, 4:30 p.m.

Diet and Sustainability
Gary Yourofsky

4/17/07, 4:30 p.m.

The Greening ofGainesville: Gown Meets Town
- Panel Discussion
Erik Lewis, UF Facilities, Planning and
Rob Brinkman, Gainesville Sierra Club
Gainesville Community Leaders

All lectures take place in
Turlington Hall, Room Loll

d Dukes Attends National Diversity Conference

Walter E. Dukes, DCP's Diversity Officer, attended
the First Annual Meeting of the National Association
of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE)
in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 12-14, 2007. The theme
for the conference was "Leading Higher Education
Toward Inclusive Excellence." The mission of NADOHE
is to serve as the preeminent voice of higher education
diversity policy by organizing, supporting and
guiding the collective efforts of individuals charged
with institutional diversity leadership to transform
institutions, inspire colleagues, engage campus,
governmental and private sector leaders and advance the
ideals of diversity. The goal of NADOHE is to establish
a network in the United States, and globally, that links
senior and chief diversity officers, multicultural experts
and other similar experts who are interested in policy-
oriented issues related to institutional transformation
that leads to a more inclusive environment.
Dukes was appointed Diversity Specialist for DCP in
January of 2005 by former dean, Dr. Jay M. Stein. His
duties include serving on faculty search committees and
working with college committees, addressing diversity
issues college-wide. For more information about
NADOHE, please visit the website at www.nadohe.org.

iWilliamson Serves as Panel Moderator

Anne Williamson, associate director of the Shimberg
Center for Affordable Housing, moderated a panel of
national experts in the discussion of inclusionary zoning
at Hillsborough County's Hot Topics in Attainable
Housing conference. The conference was held in
Tampa, Fla. on Oct. 27, 2006 and participants included
developers, local government housing policy makers and
administrators, nonprofit groups, planners, bankers and
other community members. The conference represented
the first in a continuing series.

DCP NEWS is published during the fall and spring
semesters by the University of Florida College of
Design, Construction and Planning. News and an-
nouncements contained in DCP NEWS were submit-
ted by DCP faculty and staff. To make a submission
to DCP NEWS, please call or email:
Julie Frey Melissa Filipkowski
Managing Editor Editor
392-4836, ext. 221 392-4836, ext. 324
jsfrey@dcp.ufl.edu melflip8@dcp.ufl.edu

UF College of Design,
SConstruction & Planning


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