Mechanism for administration of internships and externships
Existing departments with long and successful histories in community outreach were
targeted to be grouped into one entity with an urban orientation that blends teaching,
research, service, and outreach while linking those activities to the uniqueness of
the Mid-South. All programs must have common scholarship and service missions, and
also require accreditation by external organizations.
After consideration of the committee's findings and consultation with the Directors
of all units under consideration, the Dean proposed the formation of the School of
Urban Affairs and Public Policy to the Tennessee Board of Regents. As a combined unit,
the new School would provide enhanced, broad-based, interdisciplinary programs with
a greater regional impact, while at the same time, foster interdisciplinary scholarship
for national and international audiences. The School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy
(SUAPP) was approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents in June 1999.
The five academic units in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy continue
to operate their current degree programs along with their respective research and
outreach activities. Each unit maintains autonomy in managing curriculum, research,
outreach, faculty, staff, and budgets. The authority of each unit's administrator
will be consistent with the authority of the Chairs of other academic departments
throughout the University for directing the efforts of their unit's faculty and staff.
The administrator of the School (School Head) will serve as a catalyst in fostering
interdisciplinary cooperation and action. The SUAPP Executive Committee, composed
of each unit's administrator and the Director of CURE, will review school operations
and advise the School Head.
Relocation to McCord Hall
In 1999 the five units comprising SUAPP were located in three different buildings
on campus. Locating a facility for the new School was of primary importance. The new
location must be large enough to house all five programs as well as their research
centers, and accommodate plans for expansion. The only building available on campus
that was large enough to accommodate the School's needs was McCord Hall. At the time
Purchasing, Travel, and Auxiliary Services were located on the second floor, but the
remainder of the building was used for storage of old dormitory furniture.
The first three SUAPP occupants of McCord moved into offices on the second floor in
June 2000. That summer the first floor was emptied, cleaned, and wired for its new
occupants, the faculty and staff of three programs (Health Administration, Public
and Nonprofit Administration, and Social Work) who moved from Clement Hall in August.
Preparation of the third floor began in the summer of 2001, and Criminology and Criminal
Justice began moving its research unit in that fall.
Plans for the Future
While interdisciplinary focus is integral to the School's goals, it is equally important
that the disciplinary units within the School maintain their identities. To insure
this continuity, each of the participating units continue to offer the course work
and the degree programs they have heretofore provided, concentrating specifically
on developing students with critical thinking skills. Faculty members are encouraged
to pursue their disciplinary research projects, and to provide outreach in a manner
that is consistent with University guidelines and expectations. The accredited units likewise
maintain the discretionary authority they require for accreditation.
The GIS Computer Mapping Laboratory currently located on the second floor of McCord
Hall will be expanded to better accommodate the needs of the students, programs, and
community. An application for TAF Funds has been submitted, and additional funding
from external sources is being sought. When complete, the lab will serve to expand
the research efforts of the faculty, as well as serve as a resource for community
programs and agencies.
Programs in progress or under consideration include:
- A doctoral program in Urban Studies
- Enlargement of the Mid-South Survey Program
- Continued partnerships with
- Methodist Hospital for the Maurice Elliott Leadership Institute
- Memphis Housing Authority of the City of Memphis