Professor of Urban Planning
Since 2002 Bruce Frankel has been a professor here, served as department chair and is currently an active member of both the University Senate and Faculty Council. He founded and currently directs the interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in Real Estate Development. Prior to his current engagement, Dr. Frankel taught at Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania, and served 24 years of full-time professional practice as the director of an urban county community development program in Camden, NJ, and as founder and CEO of a private, public interest-oriented land development/ redevelopment firm, Frankel Development Group.
His doctorate is in city planning/ economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also received the professional Masters in City Planning. Frankel has held state licensure or professional certifications in planning, real estate brokerage, historic preservation, commercial appraisal, environmental risk assessment, construction management, and specialized health care facility management.
Beyond his academic research, publications and delivered conference papers, most recently at several nation and international urban planning and real estate development conferences, Frankel is engaged across the essential cities and towns of Indiana in public service and in championing Muncie’s neighborhoods.
- He is founder and president of the Indiana City Corporation, a statewide nonprofit entity serving the public’s interests in planning and community development, and the Muncie Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation, a redeveloper block by block of residential and commercial properties in economically impacted areas of the city.
- He also co-founded the Emily Kimbrough Neighborhood Development Committee, the only publicly-elected, city-recognized organization representing an historic district in the nation.
- He served as consultant to former Muncie Mayor Tyler and to the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, and several local governments and NGOs throughout the state.
- He has served as the co-founder and principal investigator at Ball State under a multi-annual state contract for the program My Community, My Vision, fostering in Indiana’s rural youth civic leadership and managing the community planning process.
- He mentors BSU students at both undergraduate and graduate levels in inter-collegiate real estate development competitions as sponsored by NAIOP, ULI, and HEEF foundation and with a track record of both winning and honorable mentions since 2012.
Professor Frankel relishes teaching, or “watching students as they learn,” and has been assigned several courses in the areas of community and economic development, development impact analysis, the ecology and economics of planning, and urban land use planning. Cuurently, he teaches all of the law courses in the urban planning curriculum and in the interdisciplinary sustainability curriculum: Environmental Law, Planning & Land Use Law, Property & Contract Law.
Further, each year Frankel supervises a field trip week journey, either within Indiana or to the exotic places of Portland, OR, NYC, Chicago, Milwaukee, the coastal communities of South Carolina, etc., and in 2016 lead a student delegation to the APA national conference in Phoenix, where he co-delivered a presentation with one of our students, Chelsea Fenimore. He is an avid student of cities and towns, their forms, physical and social, and cultivates the qualitative analysis of place.
When not working at age 70+ he drives his motorcycle, hikes national parks and forests, especially in Michigan/ Wisconsin and out west, bikes the Cardinal Greenway, and goes with his children on annual ski excursions to Vail and other Colorado resorts. He takes pictures and memories of these experiences, which he is eager to share with you. He invites students to join him on hikes, bikes and ski excursions. He finds photography while driving a motorcycle extremely dangerous, yet almost worth it.
He lives with his wife Deborah and two of their five children in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District of Muncie’s downtown. His Queen Anne style home of 1895 and backyard English garden plays host to many departmental parties, as it should.