Carissa Schively Slotterback

Dean, Professor

Dr. Carissa Slotterback is Dean and Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her research has focused on 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.  Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh in late 2020, she served as a faculty member and program director in urban and regional planning, as well as Associate Dean, in the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She has led a number of initiatives focused on interdisciplinary and engaged research and education, including in her prior roles as director of research engagement in the Office of the Vice President for Research and as co-founder and director the Resilient Communities Project at the University of Minnesota.  She has held multiple leadership positions, including Vice President, with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and currently co-leads the association’s partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy on curriculum innovation.   

    Education & Training

  • PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Clemson University 
  • BA Individualized Study, Winona State University 
Recent Publications
  • Allen, R, CS Slotterback. 2021. Building immigrant engagement practice in urban planning: The case of Somali refugees in the Twin Cities. Journal of Urban Affairs 42(6): 740-755.  
  • Lauria, M, CS Slotterback. (editors). 2020. Learning from Arnstein’s Ladder: From Citizen Participation to Public Engagement. New York: Routledge.  
  • Slotterback, CS, B Runck*, DG Pitt, L Kne*, N Jordan, DJ Mulla, M Reichenbach*, C Zerger*. 2016. Collaborative Geodesign to advance multifunctional landscapes Landscape and Urban Planning 156: 71-80.   
Research Interests
  • Environmental planning and policy
  • Public engagement
  • Land use planning and policy
  • Transportation