About the Head of SUAPP
Stan Hyland is currently the Head of the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy
at the University of Memphis. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana,
with a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1977.
Since coming to the University of Memphis in 1976, Stan has received 30 major honors
including the College of Arts and Sciences Meritorious Faculty Award, the University’s
Engaged Scholarship Award, Harold Love Award, seven SPUR research Awards, and a Faudree
Professorship. Stan was Chair of Anthropology and has served as Head of the School
of Urban Affairs and Public Policy for over a decade. He has collaborated with numerous
governmental agencies, nonprofits, and community based organizations. He and his team
received the Best Practices Award (Memphis Maps) from the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development. In 1988-1990 he directed research for the Federal Commission
on the Economic Development of the Lower Mississippi Delta region, chaired by then
governor, Bill Clinton.
His research interests include neighborhood revitalization, community building, social
entrepreneurship, participatory action research/evaluation and community economic
development. Hyland is involved in major community initiatives throughout Shelby County.
These initiatives have included UPTOWN, the University District, College Park (LeMoyne
Owen), and Lakeland. He currently serves on the Memphis Landmarks Commission and the
Board of Directors for the Urban Child Institute. His collaborative work has resulted
in numerous grants and contracts, publications, international and national awards,
and a series of students who now manage agencies and non-profits.
Commission Professor Hyland has been involved in the transformation of public housing
in Memphis and the evaluation of four of the HOPE VI projects. For the past five years
his work on health disparity and more effective delivery systems has been funded by
the Urban Child Institute. He has collaborated on nearly $3.5 million dollars in funding,
and has produced seventy-five reports, monographs, articles and a seminal book on Community Building for the 21st Century was published by the School of American Research. His most recent article is entitled
“Developing Poverty Reform Efforts in the Memphis Region: Lessons For an Engaged Anthropology.”