Dean Slotterback named Chair of national Deans Summit

October 26, 2022

"Headshot of Dean Carissa Slotterback"Dr. Carissa Slotterback, Dean of GSPIA, was selected to serve as the Chair of the Deans Summit. Supported by The Volcker Alliance, the annual summit provides a space for deans and directors of the nation’s schools of public service to propel innovation and shed competitive posture in favor of collective action. 

The Deans Summit was founded out of a belief that broadening the reach and impact of public service education requires ingenuity and collaboration.  

“It is such a privilege to serve as the next Chair of the Deans Summit,” said Dr. Slotterback. “With support from the Volcker Alliance, the Deans Summit has fostered collaboration that is elevating our field and ensuring that our schools are activated for all that is ahead.” 

The Deans Summit convenes annually to establish a set of collective priorities for the coming year. The priorities underway or under consideration for 2022-2023 include addressing structural racism, leading across difference, and establishing collective values and impact goals. 

Read more about the Deans Summit committee, participants, goals, and initiatives. 

Since arriving at the University of Pittsburgh in October 2020, Dr. Slotterback has led major efforts in the school around diversity, equity, and inclusion; development and alumni engagement; research capacity building; and enhancing student experience. She is a widely published scholar in the areas of stakeholder and public engagement and decision-making related to environmental and land use policy and planning. She has a particular interest in how stakeholders perceive impacts and use information in making decisions, focusing on impact assessment and collaborative decision-making approaches.