Michael Teitz studied Economics (at LSE) and Geography (at Wisconsin) before completing the PhD in Regional Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. Teitz’s record of sustained service to Regional Science extends for more than a half century. He was coeditor of the Journal of Regional Science (JRS) beginning with the very first issue in 1959. He served a five-year term as coeditor with Walter Isard, 1959-1964, and was influential in establishing the high standards espoused by the JRS. After his stint as coeditor, he was given three years off before he was enlisted to serve again as a member of the editorial board of the journal for another 23 years. During this period, Mike was also seconded to serve on the editorial board of the International Regional Science Review, established in 1975.
Mike served with distinction as Vice President of the Regional Science Association in 1970-1971 and has been of counsel to the Association for the past four decades. Teitz served as the first chair of the nominating committee for the Alonso Prize, established by NARSC in 1999. He served a three-year term on that committee and helped insure the high standard for the award named in honor of his close friend and former Berkeley colleague.
Teitz has brought this high standard of selfless service to the broader profession. In the city planning community, Mike served on the Planning Accreditation Board for three years and on the Board of Directors of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ASCP) for four years. He served as President of ACSP from 1981 to 1983.
The same spirit of service that has marked his association with Regional Science and City Planning is evident in his distinguished teaching career which spanned 35 years at Berkeley. Mike served as Chair of Berkeley’s City and Regional Planning Department for two terms, 1970-1974 and 1985-1987, and was called back on an emergency basis during the academic year of 1994. He served as Chair of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California and was recognized by the award of the Berkeley Citation upon his retirement.
For the past decade, Mike has been active as Research Director, and currently as Senior Fellow, of the Public Policy Institute of California.
For his record of extraordinary service to Regional Science, to City and Regional Planning, to the university and the broader community, we are delighted to nominate Michael Teitz for the David Boyce Award for Service for 2009.