Education: Middlebury College, B.A., 1974; University of Oregon, Masters of Urban Planning, 1976; University of North Carolina, Ph.D., 1990.
Research Interests: mitigating natural and technological hazards, balancing rural resource land uses with community growth; dispute resolution
Professor Kartez teaches Planning Theory & History, Land Use Modeling with GIS, Citizen Involvement & Dispute Resolution, and Local Environmental Planning. He came to the University as implementing director of the new undergraduate Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) Program, an interdisciplinary, collaborative curriculum combining science and public policy. Extensively published, he has served two terms each on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association and the Journal of Planning Literature. He takes a special interest in incorporating principles of dispute resolution as alternatives to nonproductive conflict in community planning and environmental issues.
Dr. Kartez provides training in consensus building and leadership to many of the Muskie School's external constituencies through programs such as the joint Muskie/Maine Municipal Association Leadership Program and the Smart Growth Education Initiative of the New England Environmental Finance Center, for which he is Associate Director.
In 2007 Jack became USM's first Associate Vice-President for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.