Jennifer Evans-Cowley, PhD, AICP,Vice Provost for The Ohio State University. Prior to her current post, she was associate dean for academic affairs and administration for OSU's College of Engineering, responsible for 300 faculty, strategic planning, managing more than one million square feet of space, and overseeing an expansion of the college’s information technology services. Cowley has more than fifteen years of experience, including roles in academia, professional practice, and elected office.
As the Associate Dean she is responsible for supporting 300 faculty, managing more than one million square feet of space, reporting institutional data, expanding information technology services, and strategic planning. Cowley most recently served as the Head of City and Regional Planning where she was responsible for launching a new bachelor’s program in city and regional planning. Her research regularly appears in planning journals and she is the author of four Planning Advisory Service Reports for the American Planning Association. She serves as a popular speaker at planning conferences across the United States, speaking on the importance of technology in city planning.
Cowley has served on the Clintonville Zoning and Variance Board for more than a decade. She served as an elected member of the Clintonville Area Commission for three years in the 2000s. She serves on the board of PlaceMatters. She has served as an advisor to the American Planning Association, the National Building Museum and the Rockefeller Foundation. Cowley serves as the Professional Development Officer for APA Ohio. She served as the Chair of the Technology Division of the American Planning Association between 2010 and 2012.
In 2011, Planetizen.com, a public-interest information exchange for planners and designers, named Jennifer among top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of Urban Planning and Technology, including her among CEOs, developers, and academics from around the world.
Cowley has a BS from Texas A&M University, a Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas. Her PhD is from Texas A&M University in Urban and Regional Science.