Carissa Slotterback
300C Humphrey School
Office of the Dean, Urban and Regional Planning Area

Carissa Slotterback

Associate Dean
sustainable development; urban and regional planning; environmental planning; civic engagement and public participation; collaborative governance; land use planning

Carissa Slotterback assumed the role of associate dean in June 2017. She has been a member of the Humphrey School faculty since 2004. As an associate professor in urban and regional planning, her research and teaching is focused on stakeholder engagement 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. She served as director of the Humphrey School’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program from 2010 to 2014.

Slotterback’s research approach is cross-disciplinary and engaged with communities. A recent research effort on collaborative modeling and visualization around biomass production and water quality in agricultural landscapes engaged her with colleagues in the natural sciences and agriculture, as well as with stakeholders engaged on environmental, agriculture, and economic development issues. She is also engaged with colleagues from 11 countries in an International Energy Agency collaborative focused on the intersection of energy planning and urban planning. Additional work has explored the intersection of land use and water quality planning, scenario planning, multi-modal transportation planning, and public engagement. Her work has been supported by several University of Minnesota centers, as well as variety of external organizations such as the US Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the McKnight Foundation, and the American Institute of Architects.

In addition to her faculty role, Dr. Slotterback has led a number of university-wide initiatives focused on interdisciplinary and engaged research and education. She previously served as director of research engagement in the Office of the Vice President for Research, where she created and implemented multiple initiatives to advance collaborative research within the University and Minnesota and with external partners. She also founded and led for several years the Resilient Communities Project, which is focused on building community-university partnerships to advance sustainability. The program matches University of Minnesota courses with locally identified projects in a Minnesota partner community, creating opportunities for student learning and advancing the practice of sustainability. Dr. Slotterback maintains strong interdisciplinary connections at the University of Minnesota in her roles as a faculty scholar and executive committee member with the Center for Transportation Studies and fellow with the Institute on the Environment. She also serves on the faculty of the Conservation Sciences and Natural Resources Science and Management programs.

Slotterback’s leadership roles extend beyond the University of Minnesota, and includes previous service as regional representative and now as the elected secretary of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). In fall 2017 she received the Marcia M. Feld Leadership Award from ACSP and its Faculty Women’s Interest Group for her outstanding leadership in the organization. She has also served on multiple committees with the American Planning Association and is a 15-year member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Slotterback holds a bachelor’s degree in individual studies from Winona State University, a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Clemson University, and a PhD in urban and regional planning from Florida State University.

Selected Writings

  • Allen, R., C.S. Slotterback. In Press. Building immigrant engagement practice in urban planning: The case of Somali refugees in the Twin Cities. Journal of Urban Affairs Special Issue on Refugees.
  • Bryson, J., C.S. Slotterback. 2017. Strategic spatial planning in the USA, pp. 117-134, in Situated Practices of Strategic Planning: An International Perspective, eds. L. Albrechts, S. Balducci, and J. Hillier. New York: Routledge.
  • 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, K.V. Cadieux, D.J. Mulla, D.G. Pitt, L.S. Olabisi, J. Kim. 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.
  • Slotterback, C.S. 2011. Planners’ perspectives on using technology in participatory processes. Environment and Planning B 38(3): 468-485.
  • Forsyth, A., C.S. Slotterback, K.J. Krizek. 2010. Health impact assessment (HIA) for planners: What tools are useful? Journal of Planning Literature 24(3): 231-245.

In The Media

Associate Dean Carissa Slotterback comments in this story on development efforts in North Minneapolis (audio version). 

MPR News
February 19, 2020

Associate Dean Carissa Slotterback comments on the potential development of a site near the historic Highland Park water tower in St. Paul. 

Finance & Commerce
August 23, 2017