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Dr. Alan Artibise

Alan F.J. Artibise is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at The University of Texas at Brownsville. He has also served as executive dean, dean of social sciences, and executive director of the Institute for Social Science Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. In previous positions, he has been a professor and administrator at several other North American universities, including the University of New Orleans, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the Universities of British Columbia, Winnipeg, Victoria and Manitoba.

Artibise has broad and extensive experience in the humanities and social sciences, and in the planning and public administration professions. Trained as a political scientist and urban historian, Artibise has chaired a multidisciplinary social and behavioral sciences department, taught in a traditional history department, worked as a professional historian at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (in Ottawa), and served as executive director of a variety of research and public policy centers and institutes. He is a certified planner and a recognized expert in North American urban development. His areas of expertise include: urban and regional planning and governance; transportation planning and public policy; comparative urban development; community visioning, planning and implementation; and all aspects of tourism and resort planning and development. Artibise has worked with communities and the private sector in promoting and achieving sustainable development. He is the founding executive director of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities in Vancouver, B.C. and the Institute for Social Science Research at ASU.

Artibise’s leadership and research have been recognized by numerous scholarly, professional and community organizations. His experience includes managing a successful consulting firm, serving as a department chair and dean, and graduating from several community leadership programs. He has lived and worked in several of North America’s most diverse and interesting cities and has undertaken research and consulting in Thailand, China, Columbia, the Czech Republic and Mexico.

Active in scholarly, professional and community organizations, Artibise has served as a member of the following boards: Trust for Sustainable Development, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Board; Jumbo Glacier Alpine Resort; Manitoba Multicultural Resource Center; Age and Opportunity Center; Urban Affairs Association; International Downtown Association; Cascadia Institute, Leadership Vancouver; and the Downtown St. Louis Partnership. He is past president of the Metropolitan St. Louis section of the American Planning Association, former vice president of the Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development, past president of the Social Science Federation of Canada and the International Council for Canadian Studies, and past central vice president of Lambda Alpha International (a land economics society). He has organized a number of national and international conferences, and he is an active member of the Planning Accreditation Board of the American Institute of Certified Planners. In New Orleans, he was a board member of the International Non-profit Leadership Project, served on the Governance and Finance Committee of the Committee for a Better New Orleans, and was a member of the World Trade Center and the Regional Workforce Partnership, and president of the Southern Association for Canadian Studies. He is a graduate of the Management and Leadership in Education program at Harvard (2006). In 2006 and 2009, Artibise also served as a member of the Multidisciplinary Assessment Committee for the Leading Edge Fund Competition, Canadian Foundation for Innovation (a $500 million program).

Artibise has also served as a member of the Canadian Delegation to the Group on Urban Affairs, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris). As a member of the Executive Committee of the Forks Renewal Corporation (Winnipeg), Dr Artibise played a key role in the development of the Concept Plan for the 60-acre site in downtown Winnipeg. Between 1985 and 1990, he served as chair of the National Capital Commission’s Advisory Committee on Planning. He is a graduate of Leadership Vancouver (Class of ’96), and the New Orleans Metropolitan Leadership Forum (Class of 2003). He has also been an expert witness in a number of court cases involving planning issues.

Artibise has received numerous fellowships and awards, including three medals from the Manitoba Historical Society; Awards of Merit from the Canadian Historical Association, the American Association for State and Local History, the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, the International Council for Canadian Studies, and the Social Science Federation of Canada; and the Marie Tremaine Medal from the Bibliographical Society of Canada. He was recognized by the government of Canada with a Citation for Citizenship award in 1988. In 1992, he was awarded the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal from the governor general. In 1997, he was a member of the Harris Green Charette (City of Victoria) that received a Gold Georgie Award from the Canadian Home Builder’s Association in the category Excellence by Local Government in Cooperation with Industry. In 1991, the Planning Institute of British Columbia awarded Artibise its Award for Excellence in Planning. In 1999, Lambda Alpha International recognized him with the International Urban Fellow award. In 2000 Artibise and his staff at the Public Policy Research Center received a Distinguished Service Award from the Mid-Country Partners for Progress, a multi-community NGO in St. Louis County. He is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States.

Artibise has a distinguished academic career, having written or edited eighteen books; fifty professional reports; over ninety articles in scholarly journals, collections, and magazines; and more than 100 book reviews. A select list of his books includes: "Winnipeg: A Social History of Urban Growth" (1975); "The Canadian City: Essays in Social and Urban History" (1977), with a 2nd edition in 1984; "The Usable Urban Past" (1979); "Shaping the Canadian Urban landscape’ (1982); "Town and City: Aspects of Western Canadian Urban Development" (1981); "Canada’s Urban Past: A Bibliography and Guide to Urban Studies" (1981); "Power and Place: Urban Development in the North American Context" (1986); "Canadian Regional Development: The Urban Dimension" (1989); "From Desolation to Hope: The Pacific Fraser Region to 2010" (1991); and "Revitalizing the City: Strategies to Contain Sprawl and Revive the Core" (2005). He has been or is a member of the editorial boards of America: History and Life, the Urban Affairs Review, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, and Public Works Management and Policy; and has served as an urban consultant for the Canadian Encyclopedia. Between 1975 and 1988, he served as editor-in-chief of the Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine.His research has been published in several languages, including French, Spanish, Italian and German; and summaries of his works have appeared in Japanese, Korean and Hindi.

Artibise has lectured extensively on urban studies and planning across the United States and Canada, as well as in India, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Israel, Great Britain, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, France, Columbia, and the Czech Republic. He has been a regular commentator on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s "Morningside" (national network), CBC radio (in both Winnipeg and Vancouver), KWMU (St. Louis), and on a variety of other radio and television stations. He is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines and is a popular lecturer.

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