Diverse and Dedicated
Our diverse and dedicated faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, practice, research and scholarship. Following from our land-grant mission, faculty are engaged in helping Iowa's communities address change — whether from urban expansion, changes in the economy, as a result of disasters such as tornadoes and floods, or environmental improvement.
At the same time, our faculty are engaged in research across the globe from examining policies of poverty alleviation in Brazil, the impacts of free-trade agreements on border towns in North America, models of local food systems from Italy, international connections of immigrant communities, or improvements to local governance in Ghana.
Our smaller class sizes and opportunities for one-on-one interaction with faculty brings this diversity to students. Faculty use their research and outreach to communities to deliver "real-world" problems to explore and solve in our classes and studios. Recent studios have examined transportation options in a Midwest community, revitalization of downtown commercial districts, updates to comprehensive plans in a number of towns, and design and planning options to be inclusive of increasing international populations in rural communities.
Students have a number of opportunities to interact with faculty outside of the classroom. You will often find faculty talking with students in the atrium of the College of Design, or during social events organized by the CRP Club. Qualified undergrads also work with faculty as undergraduate research assistants, which not only gives you a "behind the scenes" look at research, scholarship and outreach, but also provides income.