The teaching staff is made up of a group of in-house teachers and another of visiting professors of known prestige both in their professional activities and for their research.
The professional activity and the teaching work of the professors are linked to the three lines of research of the program:
- Theory of City and Sustainability.
- Planning, Territory and Sustainability.
- Territory and Urban Regions.
Of the in-house group of teachers, 100% have a doctorate. 80% of the full time teachers are members of the SNI (National System of Researchers), while the professors from institutions abroad have a trajectory and prestige seen in their academic productivity (books, articles and projects) that vouches for their participation in the Program.
The Program also has a group of visiting professors who take part by giving conferences and in tasks of specialised tutoring, in consideration of the facilities offered by information and communication technologies. Personal tutoring sessions are programmed with each visit the professor makes to the research Seminars, reserving days for providing the students’ works with orientation. (A summary of the curricula of the teaching staff is given at the end of this document.)
Evaluation of the Productivity of the Teaching Staff.
The Productivity of the full time and half time Teaching Staff was evaluated for the first time in the year 2005 through 2 mechanisms:
* Teachers who are members of the National Institute of Researchers (SNI): on the basis of their gaining admission, regaining admission, or keeping their membership of the SNI.
* Teachers belonging to foreign or national institutions of higher education who are not members of the SNI: on the basis of an annual revision of their academic program by an internal committee of peers formed by three Half Time or Full Time members of the SNI on the teaching staff of the Program.
Invitations to the Doctorate are made on a regular basis to specialists in various areas covering open or closed subjects related to knowledge from other disciplines and of other topics, to give substance and to add to choices for approaching or strenghtening the topic, adopting holistic knowledge and an interdisciplinary focus.