Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Planning, Governance, and Globalization
College of Architecture & Urban Studies
Erected in 1916 as Blacksburg High School. Purchased by the University as part of three building package totaling $310,000 at auction in 1965. Used as the main office for the School of Public and International Affairs, and Urban Affairs and Planning.
112 Architecture Annex, Mail Code:0113 Blacksburg VA 24061
Architecture Annex Building
Degree(s) Offered:
• PhD
PhD Degree in Planning, Governance, and Globalization
Minimum GPA: 3.1
Offered In:
National Capital Region
Blacksburg
Phone Number(s):
540/231-2291
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Aug 01
Spring: Jan 01
Summer I: May 01
Summer II: Jun 01
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Department Head : Mehrzad Boroujerdi
Graduate Program Director(s) : Giselle Datz (GG Track Director), Steven Hankey (UEDP Track Director)
Emeriti Faculty: James Bohland
Professors: Mehrzad Boroujerdi (National Capital Region); Anne Khademian (National Capital Region); Paul Knox; Ilja Luciak; Timothy Luke; Joel Peters (National Capital Region); Thomas Sanchez; Max Stephenson; Gerard Toal (National Capital Region); Edward Weisband; Kris Wernstedt (National Capital Region)
Associate Professors: Ariel Ahram (National Capital Region); David Bieri; Ralph Buehler (National Capital Region); Margaret Cowell (National Capital Region); Giselle Datz (National Capital Region); Matthew Dull (National Capital Region); Ralph Hall; Laura Jensen; Robin Lemaire; Joseph Rees; Patrick Roberts; Ioannis Stivachtis; Diane Zahm; Yang Zhang
Assistant Professors: David Bredenkamp; Steven Hankey; Sara Jordan (National Capital Region); Chad Levinson (National Capital Region); Theodore Lim; Shalini Misra (National Capital Region); Todd Schenk; Thomas Skuzinski; Wenwen Zhang; Raymond Zuniga
University Distinguished Professor: Paul Knox; Timothy Luke
Edward S. Diggs Professor in the Social Studies: Edward Weisband
Associate Professor of Practice: Elizabeth Morton (National Capital Region)

Planning, Governance, and Globalization Introduction

The Ph.D. program in Planning, Governance and Globalization is one of two Ph.D. programs available in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), the other being the Ph.D. in Public Administration. The Ph.D. in PGG attracts students with widely differing backgrounds and interests. In order to accommodate this diversity, curriculum requirements are defined in two tracks with several thematic areas. These are:

Urban & Environmental Design & Planning Track
Thematic Areas:
  • Metropolitan Development
  • Community & Economic Development Planning
  • International Development Planning
  • Landscape/Environmental Planning & Landscape Analysis
  • Transportation Planning
  • Physical Planning & Urban Design

Governance & Globalization Track
Thematic Areas:
  • Governance, Institutions, & Civil Society
  • Globalization, Identities, Security, & Economies

Graduate Student Organization

The Planning, Governance and Globalization Student Association (PGGSA) represents PhD students in the PGG program in SPIA and acts as a coordination vehicle for academic and extra curricular activities of PGG students.
Offered In (National Capital Region, Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.1
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 600.0
    • Computer
      • 250.0
    • iBT
      • 100.0
Each doctoral student must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate study and a dissertation.  All students are required to fulfill the requirements for their track or specialization and those of the Graduate School. The curriculum of this doctoral program will follow a flexible research-based program by requiring a small core of courses and by offering two major tracks, as well as thematic areas under each track.

By the end of their first 24 credit hours in the program all students will be expected to have:
(1) developed a plan of study;
(2) selected a faculty advisory committee of a minimum four members; and
(3) completed a "qualifying examination" by their faculty advisory committee. The qualifying examination ensures that the student is making satisfactory progress toward the degree.

By the time students complete the preliminary exam, they must have met the Graduate School's Ethics Requirement.  Meeting this mandatory requirement ordinarily will be satisfied by taking SPIA 6006 (Pedagogy) or in extraordinary circumstances, when 6006 cannot be taught, by other courses agreed to by the student's advisory committee.


Governance & Globalization Track Requirements

The following courses can be used to meet the 9-hour, 3 course core requirements:
Accordingly, all students would take 12 credit hours of common core courses (all existing):
  • Pedagogy: SPIA 6006 or approved substitution.
  • Theory: Satisfied by completion of GG-track core requirements.
  • Methods: Research design and quantitative and/or qualitative methods, 2 courses, 6 credits. Satisfied by successful completion of GIA 5504 Discourse Analysis, GIA/PSCI 5115/5116 Research Methods, GIA 5464 Qualitative Research Methods in Global Studies or equivalents.
  • Research (30 credits): GIA/UAP 7994 Research and Dissertation.

Urban & Environmental Design & Planning Track Requirements

Students must have preparation in the diverse theoretical literatures that define the field and in both quantitative/analytic and qualitative/field research methods, as well as training in research design. Accordingly, all students would take 12 credit hours of common core courses (all existing):
  • Pedagogy:  SPIA 6006 or approved substitution.
  • SPIA 6104 Planning Theory Seminar - 3 credits. Planning epistemology and theory. This seminar traces the epistemology of major contemporary theories of planning so as to situate the activity of modern planning in historical and intellectual contexts.
  • Research design and quantitative and/or qualitative methods, 6 credits. Satisfied by successful completion of UAP 5484 (Research Methodology - 3 credits) and UAP 5494 (Advanced Quantitative Techniques - 3 credits), or equivalents.
  • Research (30 credits): GIA/UAP 7994 Research and Dissertation.

Students pursuing thematic areas Landscape/Environmental Planning and Landscape Analysis will be required to complete two additional core courses, although these may be waived if students have already taken equivalent courses successfully.
  • LAR 5314 -Contemporary Research Topics (3 credits)
  • LAR 5344 -Scholarship of Place (3 credits)
Following successful completion of the "qualifying evaluation" the student continues to take coursework as outlined in the plan of study. At the completion of coursework, the student will undertake the "preliminary examination", a formal assessment of the student's preparedness to pursue advanced graduate research. Within 60 days of passage of the preliminary examination, students must defend the dissertation proposal before his or her faculty advisory committee. Upon completion of the dissertation, the student must defend it before the committee. Graduate School policies and guidelines determine all other degree requirements.

Planning, Governance, and Globalization Facilities Introduction

PGG Offices
The PGG students have access to several offices in the Architecture Annex.  These offices are as assigned and on a case-by-case basis.  Students use their office space in different ways: some spend most of their time working there; some stop by a few hours every day to check their email and to work between classes.

SPIA is associated with one university-wide center (VCHR) and one SPIA institute (IPG).

The Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) facilitates and provides leadership in Virginia Tech's outreach mission to organizations in the Commonwealth's public and non-profit sectors, as well as national and international agencies. The Institute works with existing public service, extension, and outreach programs to respond effectively to existing demands on their services. The Institute identifies new opportunities for outreach, extension, and supporting research pertaining to administration, management, planning, and policy analysis related to public and non-profit organizations.

The Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR) has a mission to serve as "an interdisciplinary study, research, and information resource on housing for the Commonwealth of Virginia." Consulting on housing issues with the General Assembly, federal, state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, private industry, and other colleges and universities, the Center also plays a role in the state's housing policy and research network. The Center provides data services related to housing to local and state governments, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses.

The Land Design and Simulation Lab conducts studies of the environmental impacts of proposed land alternations and proposes measures that can be implemented to mitigate adverse impacts.