Charles Robert Goins Award
for Outstanding Achievements by a Planning Student

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"Charles Robert Goins Award for Outstanding Achievements by a Planning Student”

presented by the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Planning Association

 

2013 Recipient:  Shane Hampton.

 

The OKAPA Board of Directors has established an award to be given to a planning student for outstanding achievements during their academic career in planning.  The Board also honored a long-time planning professor, Charles Robert Goins by naming this award the "Charles Robert Goins Award for Outstanding Achievements by a Planning Student.”   Professor Goins has committed over a half-century to the study, the practice, and the teaching of urban and regional planning.  When the United States Housing Act of 1954 was passed by Congress, Professor Goins was just beginning his graduate studies in the Department of Regional and City Planning at the University of Oklahoma.  Today, Professor Goins, who “officially” retired from the University of Oklahoma in 1988, is still teaching and mentoring students of regional and city planning.  

One $500 award will be presented to the eligible planning student for outstanding achievement during their academic career in planning.  

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Charles Robert Goins Award
for Outstanding Achievements by a Planning Student

This annual award is presented to a student planner for outstanding achievement during the respective nominee’s academic career in planning.  Nominees must be in their final year of an APA-accredited undergraduate or graduate planning program in the State of Oklahoma or will graduate from such a program during the year of their nomination for this award.

The OKAPA award is given to a deserving student in the name of Charles Robert Goins.  Professor Goins has spent close to a half-century committed to the study, the practice, and the teaching of urban and regional planning.  His professional life has been a rich blend of planning practice, research, and teaching but his true legacy in the profession of planning is his students.

The following illustrations help to highlight the long and varied planning career of  Professor Charles Robert Goins, AICP:

·        He has been an active “teacher” for over forty years (and still counting) to over four hundred and fifty graduate students of Regional and City Planning.  Many of his students have held directorships in major cities throughout the United States and have also served in important positions in professional planning organizations both at the state and national level.

·        Professor Goins has also instructed over two thousand students of architecture, geography, and public administration in classes on urban history and theory of modern day urban planning.

·        One of the popular and enhancing teaching dimensions of Professor Goins’ classes was the extensive use of urban related slides that he had taken over many years of travel throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

·        Professor Goins emphasized the value and importance of graduate planning students having the opportunity for a meaningful work experience with cities while enrolled in class work in the Regional and City Planning Division at the University of Oklahoma.

·       He has served on over one hundred thesis committees and continues to advise and counsel graduate students on their graduate projects as well as consulting with his students on job placement opportunities.

·         During his teaching years, Professor Goins worked closely as mentor with his graduate students who assisted him as he provided planning consultation to many towns and cities throughout Oklahoma.

·      In academic exercises involving graduate students and community planning projects, Professor Goins closely supervised and mentored his planning students as they became involved with real planning situations.

·        Through the Center for Regional and Urban Studies at the University of Oklahoma, he helped develop over fifty comprehensive planning studies for cities and towns in Oklahoma.

·         For the past thirty-five years, he has conducted an extensive private planning practice in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Nevada.

·         Professor Goins has co-authored three major historical books published by the University of Oklahoma Press and co-authored two published university plans.

·         He is currently involved in research that will result in a completely new and updated publication of the Historical Atlas of Oklahoma, which has already been designated as a special centennial publication of the University of Oklahoma Press as part of the State of Oklahoma’s Centennial Celebration of Statehood.

·        In 1992, Professor Goins was presented the “Certification of Merit” by the State of Oklahoma’s Historical Preservation Society in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments contributing to the preservation of Oklahoma’s heritage.

·        Professor Goins has been affiliated with professional planning associations since 1960 and he has been a charter member of APA and AICP since 1978.

The deadline for application is March 1 of each year.  The Award Committee will make its selection by April.   The Award will be given at the College of Architecture Annual Awards at the conclusion of each spring semester. 

One $500 award will be presented to the eligible planning student for outstanding achievement during their academic career in planning.

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Award Criteria

Support of Planning. To what extent has the nominee’s academic achievement demonstrated comprehension of planning principles and the planning process? How has the nominee’s participation and leadership within the planning program demonstrated a sincere enthusiasm to advance excellence in planning?

Effectiveness/Results/Potential. To what extent has the nominee furthered the cause of planning? How has the nominee demonstrated potential for success as a professional planner?

 

Award Eligibility

Nominees must be in their final year of an APA-accredited undergraduate or graduate planning program in the State of Oklahoma or will graduate from such a program during the year of their nomination for this award.  (In the eventual case of more than one APA accredited planning program in the State of Oklahoma – undergraduate or graduate levels, one final nomination will be accepted from each APA accredited planning program.)

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"Charles Robert Goins Award
for Outstanding Achievements by a Planning Student”

 How to Apply:

Students must complete and submit the attached application form and supply under one cover:

  1. Cover letter,
  2. Application form, Click here for Nomination Form
  3. Any other information that you feel will give the Award Committee a better picture of your academic achievements during your career in a planning program.

 Applications must be received by November 1 of each year

Applications must be submitted to:

Dr. Dawn Jourdan

Director of the Division of Regional and City Planning

University of Oklahoma 

162 Gould Hall
Norman, Oklahoma 73019

e-mail:  dawnjourdan@ou.edu

Questions may be submitted to Dr. Jourdan or the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Planning Association

Click here for Nomination Form

  


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