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Redden Appreciates Larsen’s Mentorship - Published on October 10, 2018

Alumni Profile – Tyeshia Redden, Urban and Regional Planning

Urban and Regional Planning alum Tyeshia Redden graduated from our doctoral program with a focus on planning two summers ago. She recently worked on the Porter’s Community project with our URP program. You can read more about the project here.

Can you tell us about your career?
I am a visiting professor of Africana Studies at Gettysburg College, a small liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania. I teach courses that interrogate race, gender and sexuality in urban settings, including housing and race in the United States.

What was your favorite class you took at DCP and why?
My favorite class in DCP was Doctoral Core I taught by Gary Siebein. Studying the philosophy of science was intriguing and I found the processes and implications of paradigm shifts to be particularly compelling. Dr. Siebein was adept at making the course material accessible to students of all backgrounds and training and offering us all practical advice regarding doctoral studies and academic careers.

Who was your favorite professor at DCP and why?
My favorite professor in DCP is Dr. Kristin Larsen, Director of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and Department Chair of Urban and Regional Planning. Dr. Larsen is one of the most insightful and talented professors I have ever met, possessing a perfect balance of encouragement and criticism for her students. She artfully develops the academic and technical expertise of her students while preparing them as marketable and competitive candidates on the job market. Throughout my doctoral studies, she assured me that my research and teaching interests were not anomalies in urban planning, but rather they expanded the breadth and relevance of the field. I was privileged to have called her my advisor and chair, and now I am proud to call her my colleague and friend.