Trinidad native Teresa Córdova, director of the Community and Regional Planning program in the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning, has been promoted to full professor.

Of Córdova's promotion to full professor, Deputy Provost Richard Holder wrote, "It is a great pleasure for me to congratulate you on your accomplishments that have led to this very significant milestone. I welcome you to the ranks of the most senior faculty at UNM, and I look forward to your continued participation and leadership as, together, we endeavor to move this university forward.

Córdova was also recently elected secretary of the governing board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning.

Faculty at ACSP member schools share a commitment to understanding the dynamics of urban and regional development, enhancing planning practices, and improving education of both new and experienced planners.

ACSP promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and the world. It is committed to recognizing the diverse needs and interests in planning. It seeks to strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement as well as through participation in the accreditation process. The ACSP believes that planning education should extend beyond the classroom and into the world of practice working closely with practicing professionals and communities.

Córdova teaches Foundations of Community Development, Community Planning Methods, Political Economy of Urban Development, Community Economics, Planning and Organizing and the Seminar on Thesis and Professional Project.

Córdova is founding former director of the Resource Center for Raza Planning, a Center within the School of Architecture and Planning which teaches and provides students with the opportunity to engage in research and policy analysis on issues affecting traditional communities in New Mexico.

She sits on numerous boards and steering committees of community development corporations, planning organizations and campus committees. She is the President of the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation which serves the South Valley near Albuquerque. She works closely with the Environmental Justice Movement and publishes on global/local relations, grassroots activism, and issues of community development.

Córdova, who received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, also publishes in the field of Chicana Studies.

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