Barbara Becker has been selected to be the director of the School of Planning in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA).
As the school's interim director for the past two years and the associate director of the Drachman Institute since 1995, Becker is an accomplished administrator, a nationally respected scholar, visible and active in her discipline, and articulate in the national forum about trends in planning education, says Richard A. Eribes, dean of the college .
Becker is an expert in the area of planning with Native American tribes in the Southwest, and in telecommunications planning and regulation at the state and local level. She has been instrumental in establishing an international/borderlands concentration in the school's curriculum.
Becker earned a doctorate in community and regional planning and geography from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. She joined the University of Arizona in 1995. She has served in leadership capacities with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), including the position of president of the Faculty Women's Interest Group of ACSP, and was recently elected Western Representative to the ACSP Board. She is currently the director of the southern section of the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), and is a past President of the Missouni Chapter of APA.