Laura Bloomberg, Dean
Laura Bloomberg, PhD, has served as dean of the Humphrey School since June 2017. Prior to her appointment to dean she served as associate dean for four years, during which time she led efforts to support the global expansion of the School, establish a national pathway program for college students underrepresented in public affairs programs, launch a Master of Human Rights degree program, and develop the Mandela Washington Fellowship program to support young leaders from countries across Africa. Bloomberg's research focuses on community-based leadership, program evaluation, public value creation, cross-cultural dialogue, and educational policy. She has consulted on program evaluation and education policy initiatives in Canada, China, Cyprus, and in countries across Africa and the European Union, as well as across the United States. Bloomberg serves on the executive council of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), and chairs its Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation. Read more about Dean Bloomberg.
Carissa Slotterback, Associate Dean
Carissa Slotterback assumed the role of associate dean in June 2017. She has been a member of the Humphrey School faculty for 13 years and previously served as director of research engagement in the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), as well as director of the Resilient Communities Project and Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. Known for her important work on collaborative engagement, Slotterback has initiated and led University-wide efforts to advance cross-disciplinary and engaged education and research. Her research and teaching have focused on public and stakeholder engagement and decision making related to environmental planning, impact assessment, and sustainability. She is actively engaged with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and will begin her second term as secretary in fall 2017. Read more about Associate Dean Slotterback.