Faculty Profile

Sowmya Balachandran

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Public Administration
College
College of Health and Public Service

    

Education

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2021.
Major: Regional Planning
Dissertation Title: Low-income Homeownership for Inter-generational Mobility: The Role of Intermediaries in Risk Mitigation
MS, CEPT University, 2005.
Major: Urban and Regional Planning
Dissertation Title: A comparative assessment of spatial structures and land management mechanisms in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad
BArch, Maharaja Sayajirao University, 2001.
Major: Architecture

Current Scheduled Teaching*

PADM 4170.001, Methods in Urban Planning Research and Analysis, Spring 2023

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

PADM 2120.001, Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning, Fall 2022 Syllabus SPOT
PADM 4170.001, Methods in Urban Planning Research and Analysis, Fall 2022 Syllabus SPOT

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Journal Article
Balachandran, S., Greenlee, A. (2022). Examining Spatial Opportunity for Local Action: From Theory to Practice. Journal of Planning Education and Research. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0739456X221088984
Wang, V., Balachandran, S. (2021). Inclusionary housing in the United States: dynamics of local policy and outcomes in diverse markets. Housing Studies. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02673037.2021.1929863?scroll=top&needAccess=true&role=tab
Research Report
Wang, V., Balachandran, S. (2021). Inclusionary Housing in the United States: Prevalence, Practices, and Production in Local Jurisdictions as of 2019. https://groundedsolutions.org/tools-for-success/resource-library/inclusionary-housing-united-states?utm_source=2021+Research&utm_campaign=58b568b008-Survey+Respondents+10%2F10_COPY_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f77e29c260-58b568b008-
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Overall
Summative Rating
Challenge and
Engagement Index
Response Rate

out of 5

out of 7
%
of
students responded
  • Overall Summative Rating (median):
    This rating represents the combined responses of students to the four global summative items and is presented to provide an overall index of the class’s quality. Overall summative statements include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 5 = Excellent, 3 = Good, and 1= Very poor):
    • The course as a whole was
    • The course content was
    • The instructor’s contribution to the course was
    • The instructor’s effectiveness in teaching the subject matter was
  • Challenge and Engagement Index:
    This rating combines student responses to several SPOT items relating to how academically challenging students found the course to be and how engaged they were. Challenge and Engagement Index items include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 7 = Much higher, 4 = Average, and 1 = Much lower):
    • Do you expect your grade in this course to be
    • The intellectual challenge presented was
    • The amount of effort you put into this course was
    • The amount of effort to succeed in this course was
    • Your involvement in course (doing assignments, attending classes, etc.) was
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