Jonathan Pettigrew promoted to associate professor

May 24, 2018

Jonathan Pettigrew, a communication scholar whose work is at the intersection of family communication and health communication, was recently tenured and promoted to associate professor at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. 

Pettigrew’s research has produced novel health intervention materials that serve youth, families, schools, and society. His projects have attracted over $1 million in federal funding, including the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of State. Jonathan Pettigrew. Download Full Image

“Jonathan’s work furthers our mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world,” said Linda Lederman, director and professor of the Hugh Downs School.  “His commitment to student success is inspiring.”

Among Pettigrew’s writing accomplishments is a peer-reviewed journal article titled “Parental Messages about Substance Use in Early Adolescence: Extending a Model of Drug-Talk Styles.”  It appeared in the Journal of Health Communication, a national scholarly journal. The article, published in February 2017, highlights Pettigrew’s research that parents who provide direct information, guidance or advice about substances like marijuana have adolescents who are less likely to experiment with drugs. The research was featured in a recent New York Times article, “When Your Teenager Asks ‘Did you Smoke Weed?’”

“I am proud to be in a school and among colleagues who care about excellence and community impact,” said Pettigrew.  “Earning tenure is a win not only for me but also for my family. I’m excited to move forward with work that improves the lives of adolescents and families.”

Manager, Marketing and Communication, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication


ASU master's degree program for urban and environmental planning earns praise, re-accreditation

May 24, 2018

Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning recently underwent the accreditation process for the school’s Master of Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) degree program. The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) responded by granting the school a five-year accreditation for the growing program.

“The program should be proud of its accomplishments,” said Bruce Knight, chair of the PAB review committee, in a letter to school and university administration. “The site visitors observed a program well-connected to the planning profession and an impressive 4+1 program. The program’s Tribal Community Planning course and senior faculty’s strong relationships with multiple local tribes is noteworthy.” A testament to the program's success, MUEP students were among the award winners at the 2018 National Planning Conference. Genevieve Pearthree, left, was awarded the 2018 American Institute of Certified Planners’ Student Project Award for Applied Research. The Student Planning Association, right, was named the 2018 Outstanding Planning Student Organization for Community Outreach. Download Full Image

This accomplishment cements an incredible academic year for the program. Last summer, the program was recognized as one of the best planning graduate programs in the nation by Planetizen, an online network and news outlet for the planning community. The MUEP program made the list as the No. 22 planning program in the country, a rise of three spots over the previous year’s ranking. Planetizen also ranked it as the sixth best in the western region, and when accounting for student enrollment in the program, MUEP jumped to the third best small program in the nation. It was also the only program in Arizona to make the list.

The successes were also evident at the 2018 National Planning Conference where students in the MUEP program received accolades for their outreach and research efforts.

ASU’s Student Planning Association, composed of students interested in urban planning and issues associated with it, earned the 2018 Outstanding Planning Student Organization Award for Community Outreach. The group created a special event in honor of Native American Heritage Month, “Wandering Stories,” to create awareness and learning opportunities surrounding planning within Native American communities. This event brought together architects, urban designers, engineers, and construction managers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of planning for Native American communities on tribal land.

Also receiving recognition was Genevieve Pearthree, a recent graduate of the MUEP program. Pearthree won the 2018 American Institute of Certified Planners’ Student Project Award for Applied Research. Her submission, which also served as her capstone project for her degree, focused on affordable housing in communities with a strong tourism industry. Pearthree spent 16 months researching Ketchum, Idaho, as she examined the effect of short-term rentals and vacation rentals on affordable housing within the community.

Learn more about the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning program.

Manager, Marketing and Communication, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning