Program Director Selected as Outstanding Administrator
August 2, 2007
Pat D. Taylor, Director of the Program in Landscape Architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been selected as the Outstanding Academic Administrator in landscape architecture for 2007. The award is sponsored by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA.) It will be presented to Dr. Taylor at CELA’s annual meeting in State College, Pennsylvania later this summer.
Taylor has served as Program Director at UT Arlington since 1992. During his time as Director, the Program has received five accreditations from the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. Its students and faculty have received numerous awards for design and research and its reputation has grown internationally, with virtually all of the Program’s graduates finding professional positions within three months of graduation. Most have jobs by the time they graduate.
Taylor credits the award to the students and faculty of landscape architecture, and to outstanding leadership from Don Gatzke, Dean of the School of Architecture. “We also benefit from the support shown by Provost Dana Dunn, Vice President for Research Ron Elsenbaumer, and Graduate Studies Dean Philip Cohen,” Taylor says. “Since ours is exclusively a graduate program, it takes special understanding of our educational mission for us to thrive. Our administrators have that understanding.”
Criteria for the award include innovative improvements that have a direct impact on a program’s initial accreditation or re-accreditation; major new initiatives benefiting performance and/or the reputation of a program; and unique fund-raising successes leading to lasting positive improvements in a program. Previous winners of the award have been chairs, directors or deans at Syracuse, Minnesota, Clemson, Kansas State and the University of Colorado at Denver.