Faculty Profile

Daniel Hess.

Daniel Hess

Professor and Chair
Urban and Regional Planning


  • PhD, Urban Planning; University of California, Los Angeles; 2002

Professional experience:

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

During the course of my academic and professional careers, I sought mentoring from professors and colleagues that helped shape my career and contributed to my successes. I am now more than happy to meet with students to discuss their aspirations and challenges they face. Feel free to connect with me to discuss your academic and professional career path and how to seize the opportunities available to you to create a pathway to success.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Physical health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Daniel adds: LGBT experiences

Personal Circumstances

  • Financial stress and strain.

Academic Culture

  • Considering a non-academic path after grad school.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Taking a non-traditional path to grad school.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.