Ken Reardon is professor and director of the graduate program for the City and Regional Planning Department at the University of Memphis. He is currently coordinating two resident-led economic and community development planning efforts in South Memphis. Prior to joining the Memphis faculty, he was an associate professor and chairperson of the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, where he pursued research, teaching, and outreach in the areas of neighborhood planning, community development and community/university development partnerships. During his time in Ithaca, he coordinated the department's New Orleans Planning Initiative which produced the recovery plan for the Ninth Ward. Before joining the Cornell faculty, Reardon was a tenured planning professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his work in establishing the East St. Louis Action Research Project earned his the AICP President's Award and the Dale Prize for Excellence in City Planning.