Office of the Dean

Dean's Message

Dean Roland Anglin
Dean: Dr. Roland V. Anglin

Welcome to the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. I am thrilled that you found us.

Increasingly, we live in an urbanized world. Projections estimate that 6 out of 10 people will reside in an urban area by 2030. The United Nations programme for human settlements states well the ramifications: “In many places around the world, the effects can already be felt: lack of proper housing and growth of slums, inadequate and outdated infrastructure – be it roads, public transport, water, sanitation, or electricity – escalating poverty and unemployment, safety and crime problems, pollution and health issues, as well as poorly managed natural or man-made disasters and other catastrophes due to the effects of climate change. Mindsets, policies, and approaches towards urbanization need to change in order for the growth of cities and urban areas to be turned into opportunities that will leave nobody behind." (

We at Levin know well these challenges and the opportunities brought by an urbanizing world. We have been engaged with urban affairs, in the American context, since 1977 through our teaching and research. Urban affairs remain relevant even more so today. There is much to do and a career in urban affairs is, for the most part, a quest to address the pressing issues of our time. 

The ability to serve real communities and real people, while enjoying both continuity and variety across sectors -- these are among the chief rewards of a career in urban affairs. I am proud that the degrees, certificates, and programs offered by Levin College are preparing new generations of leaders and managers for similarly gratifying paths, in Northeast Ohio and around the globe.

At Levin, we also have a long tradition of training and challenging students not just in the classroom, but through active engagement in creating a just and equitable world. Here, you will have the opportunity to perform applied research and practice in neighborhood security, preservation, population dynamics, city management, community development, environmental policy, and economic development.

Explore our site. Learn more about our research and practice focusing on urban places and regions. Contact us to let us know your thoughts on our work or to schedule a campus visit.

Roland V. Anglin
Dean and Professor