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Stacey Swearingen White

Chair, Professor, Urban Planning
Primary office:
Snow Hall
University of Kansas
1460 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS

Stacey Swearingen White is a professor in the School and the Director of the Urban Planning Program. She earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree in Land Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Interdisciplinarity continues to be a core aspect of her teaching and research, which focuses broadly on sustainability and environmental planning, with a recent emphasis on conditions that impel sustainability innovation. Stacey is also interested in campus sustainability. She was a co-founder of KU’s Center for Sustainability, and served as its Director of Academic Programs for 8 years. She has been an active member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, where has she served as a track chair and the conference committee chair.


B.A., Philosophy., Emory University, 1989
M.S., Environmental Studies, University of Montana, 1993
Ph.D., Land Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998


Courses taught:

UBPL 200: Sustainability and Society
UBPL 763: Professional Practice
UBPL 773: Environmental Planning Implementation 


American Planning Association
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning

Selected Awards & Honors

Recipient, University of Kansas Sustainability Leadership Award for Faculty, October 2010.

Fellow, University of Kansas Senior Administrative Fellows Program, 2010-2011.

Award winner, Emerald Literati Network, 2010 Award for Excellence, outstanding paper of the year for 2009 in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Recipient, Jack and Nancy Bradley Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning, May 18, 2008.

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Three faculty have won W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence
Rosemary O’Leary is KU’s Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration
Four MPA graduates have been elected president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Founder of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART)
Four faculty are National Academy of Public Administration Fellows
Bob Kipp, vice president of Hallmark Cards, was a 2012 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, was a 2009 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
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