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Carissa Slotterback

Associate Professor
environmental and land use planning; plan implementation; planning decision-making; public participation; sustainable development

Carissa Slotterback, Associate Professor, teaches courses in environmental planning, public engagement, and sustainability planning in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program. Her research is focused on stakeholder involvement and decision-making related to environmental, land use, and transportation planning. She has a particular interest in how stakeholders perceive impacts and use information in making decisions, focusing on impact assessment, collaborative decision-making, and sustainability planning approaches.

Her current projects include research on collaborative modeling and visualization around biomass production and water quality in agricultural landscapes, funded by the University of Minnesota’s MnDRIVE Transdisciplinary Research Program and previously by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She is also examining the intersection of land use and water quality planning and policy in urban areas as part of collaborative research project focused on Improving Urban Vegetation for Water Quality, funded by the Institute on the Environment on the Environment. In addition, she is a U.S. representative to an international collaborative convened by the International Energy Agency to identify and advance best practices related to energy and climate change planning and policy at the community scale. One recent completed project is a MN Department of Transportation and Local Road Research Board-funded study of complete streets planning and implementation in communities across the U.S., which resulted in the Complete Streets from Policy to Project report. Another recent study explored public engagement experiences and strategies among the Somali Diaspora in the Twin Cities, with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Additional recent projects addressed topics including participatory scenario planning for transportation, sustainability indicators, climate change in environmental impact analysis, flexible zoning approaches, and integrating health into urban plans and policies.

In addition to her faculty role at the Humphrey School, she serves as Director of Research Engagement in the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research. In this position, she the development and implementation of key initiatives to advance research that engages across disciplines and with partners in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Dr. Slotterback is the founder, former director, and now faculty advisor of the Resilient Communities Project, which is focused on building community – university partnerships to advance sustainability. The Resilient Communities Project matches UMN graduate courses with locally-identified projects in a MN partner community, creating opportunities for student learning and advancing the practice of sustainability.

She maintains strong inter-disciplinary connections, serving as member of the graduate faculties in Conservation Biology and Natural Resources Science and Management, and as an adjunct faculty member in Landscape Architecture. She is a Resident Fellow in the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment and a Faculty Scholar in the Center for Transportation Studies. She is also an elected member of the Graduate Education Committee and serves on the Public Engagement Council and Educational Equity Advisory Committee.

She is currently a regional representative on the Governing Board for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and has been elected to a two-year term as Secretary, beginning in October 2015. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Slotterback also engages extensively with the planning practice community, serving as a Faculty Liaison to the American Planning Association (APA) Minnesota chapter and on committees of the American Planning Association. Before joining the Humphrey School in 2004, Slotterback worked as a long-range planner in Nevada and as a planning consultant in Minnesota. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

She holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University, a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Clemson University, as well as an undergraduate degree from Winona State University.

Selected Writings

  • Bryson, J., K. Quick, C.S. Slotterback, . 2012. Designing public participation processes. Public Administration Review 73(1): 23-34.
  • Jordan, N.R., C.S. Slotterback, 2011. TMDL implementation in agricultural landscapes: A communicative and systemic approach. Environmental Management 48(1): 1-12.
  • Slotterback, C.S. 2011. Addressing climate change in state and local environmental impact analysis. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 54(6): 749-767.
  • Slotterback, C.S., A. Forsyth, K.J. Krizek, A. Johnson, and A. Pennucci. 2011. Testing three health impact assessment tools in planning: A process evaluation. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 31(2): 144-153.
  • Schively, C.S. . 2007. A quantitative analysis of consensus building in local environmental review. Journal of Planning Education and Research 27(1): 82-98.