Carissa Slotterback, associate professor, teaches courses in environmental planning and public engagement in the 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 supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and UMN Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment. Additional recent research has addressed a variety of issues including the intersection of land use and water quality planning, with support from the Institute on the Environment. She has also conducted research, with support from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, related complete streets planning and implementation, scenario planning and visioning, and public engagement. Additional recent projects addressed topics including engaging refugee and new immigrant communities in planning and policy processes, sustainability indicators, climate change in environmental impact analysis, flexible zoning approaches, and integrating health into urban plans and policies.
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 also previously served as Director of Research Engagement in the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research, where she developed and implemented initiatives to advance research that engages across disciplines and with partners in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
She maintains strong interdisciplinary connections, serving as member of the graduate faculties in Conservation Sciences and Natural Resources Science and Management, and as an adjunct faculty member in Landscape Architecture. She is a 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 Educational Equity Advisory Committee.
She is currently the elected Secretary of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. 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. She is also currently serving on the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board’s Environmental Review Advisory Panel and the Minnesota Health Impact Assessment Coalition. 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.
- Slotterback, C.S., B. Runck, D.G. Pitt, L. Kne, N. Jordan, D.J. Mulla, M. Reichenbach, C. Zerger. 2016. Collaborative Geodesign to advance multifunctional landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning 156: 71-80.
- Slotterback, C.S. and C. Zerger. 2013. Complete Streets from Policy to Project: The Planning and Implementation of Complete Streets at Multiple Scales. University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies.
- 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.