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  • Standing Committees - Executive, Finance & Investment, Nominating & Elections, Review & Appraisal, Conference, PAB Advisory, Membership, Institutional Governance
  • Special Committees - Committee on the Academy, Doctoral, Faculty Mentoring, Committee on Diversity, Committee for Communications
  • Task Forces - Advisory Committee for the Planetizen Guide, Global Education Task Force, Future Joint Conferences Task Force, Awards Policy Task Force


Standing Committees

Executive Committee
The officers of the association comprise the Executive Committee. The purposes of the Executive Committee are to: review, appraise, and set the Governing Board agenda; propose a budget; and undertake other actions as are deemed necessary for the successful accomplishment of the Association’s goals. The Executive Committee meets at least twice a year in addition to participating in Governing Board meetings. These meetings are generally 4-6 weeks before the Governing Board meetings.

  • President: Lois Takahashi, University of California, Los Angeles, [2015-2017]
  • Vice President/President Elect: Weiping Wu, Columbia University,  [2015-2017]
  • Secretary: Clarissa Schively Slotterback, University of Minnesota, [2015-2017]
  • Treasurer: Joe Grengs, University of Michigan, [2016 - 2017]

Past Officers Beginning with 1959-1960


Finance and Investment Committee

To determine, administer, and provide oversight on appropriate financial policies and procedures for ACSP and to provide for and oversee the appropriate and timely review thereof. This Committee shall consist of at least three people, and shall be chaired by the Treasurer of ACSP.

  • Chair: Joe Grengs, University of Michigan, [2016-2017]
  • Barry Nocks, Clemson University, [2009-2017]
  • Clinton Andrews, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey [2016-2018]
  • Donna Dodd, ACSP Bursar/Ex Officio,
  • Nancy Harrison, CPA/Ex Officio,
  • Brad Schur, Financial Advisor/Ex Officio, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management,


Nominating and Election Committee

To encourage planning academicians in a wide range of planning programs to assume leadership roles in the Association and to organize and conduct in a timely fashion and in a well publicized manner all required and special elections of the Association, and to endeavor to assure widespread participation therein, especially by racial and ethnic minorities. This Committee will make a good faith effort to nominate at least two candidates for each office in the Association and conduct a mail ballot in advance of the Annual Meeting, for officers and Regional Representatives. In case of a vacancy in the offices of Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer, this Committee will hold an election to fill the term of office, as soon as practical. The chair of this committee is appointed by the president.

  • Chair: June Thomas, University of Michigan, [2015-2017]
  • Charles Connerly, University of Iowa, [2015-2017]
  • Curtis Winkle, University of Illinois at Chicago, [2013-2017]
  • Malo Hutson, University of California, Berkeley, [2016-2018]
  • James Spencer, Clemson University,, [2016-2018]


Review and Appraisal Committee

To review the activities, programs, ways and means of the Association, to help set the Presidential agenda, and to recommend policy or organizational changes to help assure the fulfillment of the Association’s purposes. The Vice-President chairs this Committee, and the Vice-President appoints its membership, for a one-year term.

  • Chair: Weiping Wu, Tufts University, [2016-2017]
  • Charisma Acey, University of California, Berkeley
  • Marlon Boarnet, University of Southern California
  • Tim Chapin, Florida State University
  • Hemalata Dandekar, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Meghan Gough, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Andrew Greenlee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Malo Hutson, University of California, Berkeley
  • Bryce Lowery, University of Oklahoma
  • Willow Lung-Amam, University of Maryland
  • Michael Manville, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Mai Thi Nguyen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Tonya Sanders, Morgan State University
  • Gerardo Sandoval, University of Oregon
  • Xinhao Wang, University of Cincinnati
  • Anaid Yerena, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Shannon Van Zandt, Texas A&M University
  • Jerold Kayden, Harvard University
  • Rolf Pendall, Urban Institute
  • Vincent Reina, University of Pennsylvania


National Conference Committee

The structure of the Conference Committee is comprised of the chairs of the two most recent past conferences, the chairs of the two prospective conferences, and the ACSP Vice-president, ex officio. The chair of the Conference Committee is to be appointed by the President of ACSP. The Conference Committee meets twice each year. The purpose of this Committee is to provide guidance and oversight for all Association-sponsored meetings and conferences. This Committee is composed of at least two representatives of the Conference Track Chairs, a representative of the immediate past conference host committee, representatives of host committees for all designated or planned to-date future host sites, a student representative and other persons as may be appointed by the President. The purpose of this Committee is to assure that the ACSP Annual Conference and other such meetings are organized professionally and in a manner that supports meaningful communication and interaction, and to continue to improve ACSP Conferences for the benefit of all attendees.

  • Chair: Rayman Mohamed, Wayne State University, [2014-2018]
  • Weiping Wu, Columbia University, [2015-2017]
  • Marisa Zapata, Portland State University, [2015-2017]
  • Lisa Bates, Portland State University, [2015-2017]
  • Austin Troy, University of Colorado, Denver, [2017-2018]
  • Bradshaw Hovey, University at Buffalo, [2017-2019]
  • Eric Morris, Clemson University, [2017-2020]
  • Bjorn Sletto,University of Texas at Austin, [2017-2018]
  • Jason Corburn, University of California, Berkeley, [2017-2018]
  • Mary K. Wolfe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, [2017-2018]


ACSP PAB Advisory Committee

To solicit and review applications and submit recommendations for educator membership in the Planning Accreditation Board site visitor pool. To review and advise the ACSP Governing Board, Officers, and Membership on PAB matters of importance to ACSP. The chair of this committee is appointed by the president.

  • Chair: Mickey Lauria, Clemson University, [2014-2017]
  • Ann-Margaret Esnard, Georgia State University, [2015-2017]
  • Justin Hollander, Tufts University, [2015-2017]
  • Lisa Schweitzer, University of Southern California, [2015-2017]
  • Jerry Anthony, University of Iowa,, [2015-2017]


Membership Committee

The chair of this committee is appointed by the president. The purpose of this committee it to interpret conditions for membership in the Association, to recommend needed changes in membership criteria, and to receive applications for membership and transmit them to the Governing Board, with recommendations. The seats on this committee are currently vacant.

  • Michael Frisch, Chair, University of Missouri-Kansas City, [2016-2018]


Institutional Governance Committee

The chair of this committee is appointed by the president. The purpose of this committee is to review and recommend changes, updates, or amendments to the Association’s Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and the rules and procedure that govern the major activities of ACSP; to evaluate the formal governance structure of ACSP; to identify and suggest alternative approaches, methods, and strategies to improve governance and administrative efficiency, diversity and fairness; and to address specific problems as they arise.

  • Chair: June Thomas, University of Michigan, [2015-2017]
  • Charles Warnken, University of Oklahoma, [2015-2017]
  • Michael Boswell, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, [2015-2017]
  • Lynn Mandarano, Temple University, [2015-2017]
  • Rachel Kleit, Ohio State University, [2015-2017]
  • Kazuya Kawamura, University of Illinois at Chicago,, [2015-2017]

The current charge includes:

  • To review and recommend changes, updates or amendments to the Association's Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and rules and procedures that govern the major activities of ACSP
  • To evaluate the formal governance structure of ACSP
  • To identify and suggest alternative approaches, methods, and strategies to improve governance an administrative efficiency, diversity and fairness
  • Address other specific problems as they arise


Special Committees


Committee on the Academy

The ACSP Committee on the Academy has two major charges: the first is associated with the Administrator’s Conference and the second relates to planning programs threatened with closure. The Committee oversees the Administrator’s Conference and is responsible for: 1) identifying potential sites for the conference along with ACSP staff, as appropriate; 2) recommending a site to the ACSP Governing Board or Executive Committee; 3) planning programming for the conference, involving U. S. planning administrators and possibly PAB as appropriate; 4) serving as liaison with appropriate ACSP committees (Executive, Diversity) with respect to conference content, specifically with respect to the new chairs school, diversity programming, and potentially training for faculty or doctoral students; and 5) overseeing post-conference evaluation and results summary.

In addition to facilitating the biennial Administrator's Conference, this Committee responds to threatened departments, either through direct requests by threatened programs or through requests from ACSP leadership. In such circumstances, the Committee contacts current faculty, members of the administration, alumni, and other stakeholders to assess the threat and the alternative responses possible. It writes a situation report regarding the program and forwards this to the Executive Committee for a decision regarding the alternative responses. Should an active response be deemed warranted, the Committee will, in conjunction with the program leadership, coordinate the necessary outreach and documentation.

  • Renia Ehrenfeucht, University of New Mexico, [2017-2019]
  • Samina Raja, University at Buffalo, [2017-2019]
  • additional participants being confirmed


Doctoral Committee

This committee offers occasional workshops for existing planning doctoral students, and offers other support as needed. As a matter of recent practice, a workshop for students preparing for dissertation research has been offered in the summer, and at least one one-day workshop has taken place before the annual fall ACSP conference.

  • Chair: Richard "Dick" Norton, University of Michigan, [2015-2017]
  • Kurt Paulsen, University of Wisconsin, [2014-2016]
  • Kevin Krizek, University of Colorado, Denver, [2014-2016]
  • Anaid Yerena, University of Washington Tacoma, [2015-2017]


Faculty Mentoring Committee

Through events at the annual ACSP conference, as well as other venues, the Faculty Mentoring Committee's purpose is to help faculty, as well as planning schools, reflect and learn about better ways to prepare and mentor planning faculty at both the junior and senior levels. It is also intended to help doctoral students and faculty to envision, begin, and advance their careers of scholarship, teaching, and service. Special attention will be paid, of course, to enabling doctoral students and faculty to understand, manage, and cope with the tenure and promotion process.

  • Chair, Ajay Garde, University of California, Irvine, [2011-2017]
  • Evelyn Blumenberg, University of Calirofnia, Los Angeles, [2011-2017]
  • Maria Manta Conroy, Ohio State University [ [2011-2017]
  • Margaret Dewar, University of Michigan, [2011-2017]
  • Kirk McClure, University of Kansas, [2011-2017]


Committee on Diversity

The purpose of the Committee on Diversity is to carry on the work of the Diversity Task Force by working with and encouraging planning schools to develop specific programs and incentives for increasing faculty and student diversity as well as expanding diversity in the curriculum.

  • Chair: Jeffrey Lowe, Texas Southern University, [2013-2018]
  • Ann Forsyth, Harvard University, [2013-2019]
  • Cecilia Giusti, Texas A&M University,, [2015-2019]
  • Michelle Thompson, University of New Orleans, [2015-2019]
  • Gerardo Sandoval, University of Oregon, [2015-2017]
  • Arnab Chakraborty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, [2015-2017]
  • Bill Goldsmith, Cornell University, [2016-2018]

 Committee Charge

  • to continue to assist programs in efforts to enhance faculty and student diversity;
  • to assist programs in including diversity-related issues in curricular offerings;
  • to provide reports back to the Governing Board in the fall of even- numbered years on the composition of faculty and students related to issues of diversity (using PAB and other data collected by outside entities); and
  • to conduct other activities that could enhance ACSP's commitment to diversity in education and research.


  • Report on Race, Ethnicity, and Foreign Origin Data for ACSP
  • Task Force's final report
  • 2013 Committee Report
  • Syllabus Book: A Compilation of Planning Syllabi Addressing Issues of Diversity and Social Justice
  • Suggested Outcome Measures for PAB Standards and Criteria Related to Diversity and Social Justice (10/26/2014)


Committee on Communications

The Committee for Communications is charged with enhancing the quality and impact of the organization's diverse range of communication activities, including but not limited to the website, the ACSP Forum, member communication, and Governing Board communication. The Committee will work closely with ACSP staff, who have primary responsibility for managing, implementing and monitoring communication activities.

  • Chair: Carissa Slotterback, University of Minnesota, [Fall 2016-Fall 2018]
  • Huston Gibson, Kansas State University, [Fall 2016-Fall 2018]
  • Aujean Lee, University of California, Los Angeles, [Fall 2016-Fall 2018]
  • Jeffrey Lowe, Texas Southern University, [Fall 2016-Fall 2018]
  • Jennifer Cowley, Ohio State University, [Fall 2016-Fall 2018]
  • William Goldsmith, Cornell University, [Fall 2016-Fall 2018]
  • Lisa Ann Schweitzer, University of Southern California, [Spring 2017-Spring 2019]
  • Bryce Lowry, University of Oklahoma, [Spring 2017-Spring 2019]
  • Meghan Gough, Virginia Commonwealth University, [Spring 2017-Spring 2019]
  • Rick Willson, Cal Poly Pomona, [Summer 2017-Summer 2019]

Committee Tasks

  • Reviewing the ACSP website analytics and reporting annually on key findings;
  • Promoting use of the ACSP Forum and monitoring use and interactions to assess whether objectives around dialogue, participation, and debate are being met;
  • Recruiting writers and managing contributions to the ACSP blog;
  • Monitoring and providing feedback relted to ongoing ACSP marketing efforts;
  • Seeking novel communication approaches that reach both member and non-member audiences; and
  • Inviting feedback on the effectiveness of existing communication efforts.


Task Forces

Future Joint Conference Task Force

This task force will explore the opportunity for partnering with AESOP to host the World Planning Schools Congress in Miami in 2021 and discuss possible budget implications of substituting the World Planning Schools Congress for the ACSP Annual Conference in future years.

  • Chair: Joe Grengs, University of Michigan, [2016-2017]
  • Weiping Wu, Columbia University, [2016-2017]
  • Charles Connerly, University of Iowa, [2016-2017]
  • Mickey Lauria, Clemson University, [2016-2017]
  • Francis Owusu, Iowa State University, [2016-2017]
  • Zenia Kotval, Michigan State University, [2016-2017


Advisory Committee for the Planetizen Guide

The ACSP Advisory Committee for the Planetizen Guide advises the editors of Planetizen on the preparation, data collection and data analysis during their guide's production process. ACSP is in no way responsible for the ranking of planning schools shown in the Planetizen Guide.

  • Chair:  Bruce Stiftel, Georgia Institute of Technology,
  • Mickey Lauria, Clemson University,
  • Tom Sanchez, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,
  • Marlon Boarnet, University of Southern California,
  • Ex Officio - Chris Steins, Planetizen,
  • Ex-Officio - Donna Dodd, ACSP,
  • Ex-Officio - Shonagh Merits, Planning Accreditation Board,


Global Education Task Force

This task force will explore global education, focusing on issues of recruiting and engaging international students, international education and accreditation issues.

  • Co-chair: Weiping Wu, Columbia University, [2016-2018]
  • Co-chair: Gavin Shatkin, Northeastern University, [2016-2018]
  • Gabriella Yolanda Carolini, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, [2016-2018]
  • Petra Doan, Florida State University, [2016-2018]
  • Annette Kim, University of Southern California, [2016-2018]
  • Bishwapriya Sanyal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, [2016-2018]
  • Bjorn Sletto, University of Texas Austin, [2016-2018]
  • Meenu Tewari, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, [2016-2018]


Awards Policy Task Force

This task force willreview current awards and additional award opportunities, including issues related to funding, recruitment of nominations, simplifying nominations packets, and addressing interest group awards. The work of this task force will culminate with a report to the Governing Board at the 2017 Fall Governing Board meeting.

  • Chair: Shannon Van Zandt, Texas A&M University, [2017]
  • Mary Wolfe, University of North Carolina, [2017]
  • Kristin Larsen, University of Florida, [2017]
  • Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Hunter College, [2017]
  • Ed Goetz, University of Minnesota, [2017]


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.