Executive Director

Megan Topham, Ph.D.

Email: topham@uhcl.edu

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Megan Topham

Dr. Megan Topham is the Executive Director for the UHCL Institute for Human and Planetary Sustainability (IHAPS) and Clinical Assistant Professor of Management. She has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning with a concentration in Sustainability and a Master of Science in Information Systems from The University of Texas at Arlington. She has held previous positions with The University of Texas at Arlington, including Campus Director of UTA Fort Worth, a satellite campus in downtown Fort Worth, and Clinical Instructor in both the College of Business and School of Urban and Public Affairs, where she taught graduate courses in sustainability. Dr. Topham has extensive knowledge and experience developing and managing sustainable operations, innovative curriculum and programming, and strong community partnerships and advocates.

Prior to joining UHCL in May 2021, Dr. Topham was an Assistant Professor in Public Administration and Real Estate Development in the Huizenga College of Business at Nova Southeastern University, where in addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the MPA, MS in Real Estate, and MS in Non-Profit Management programs, she created innovative student engagement and retention initiatives, streamlined the assurances of learning practices for the department, and facilitated the NASPAA accreditation process for their MPA program.

In addition to holding the different administrative and academic positions, Dr. Topham demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit by founding Good Karma Kitchen and Crazy Karma Commissary, a food truck and catering company and commercial commissary in Fort Worth, TX. She is a certified massage therapist, yoga instructor, and has a rank of second-degree black belt in aikido. Dr. Topham works to enhance the lives of others through her work with a myriad of community service organizations in which she has served over the years, including ARES, Meals on Wheels, Leadership Fort Worth, Texas Makers Guild, FWISD Education Foundation, Urban Theory, and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.