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ACSP Governing Board Ballot Delivered to Chairs

Tuesday, February 28, 2017  
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Ballots have been delivered to all ACSP full member planning department chairs for the purpose of voting for officers and regional representatives to begin their terms this coming Fall of 2017.

Each school is to provide a unified vote for each officer, and one vote for a candidate from their region.

Ballots are due to the ACSP Presidents Office by April 1, 2017, Statements from all candidates are included below.


Fall 2017 to Fall 2019 Terms of Office

All candidates are listed in alphabetical order, and biography content is self-described.

ACSP Vice-President/ President Elect

Marlon Boarnet, Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis, University of Southern California. ACSP must respond to three challenges. (1) We must increase our voice. Our governing board statement on President Trump’s travel ban presages other moments when we will have to defend academic and planning values. I will work with our board and with allied scholarly associations to magnify ACSP’s voice. (2) We must increase diversity, inclusion, equity, and empowerment. I initiated the ACSP summer Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color, to draw under-represented students into planning Ph.D. programs, and I organized three of the first four workshops. At USC, I raised over $200,000 for diversity scholarships, and since 2013 enrollment of Hispanic/Latino students increased from 15 to 22 percent of our Masters student body. But undoing the injustice of centuries of white supremacy will require more than student recruiting. We need to address bias and ingrained sexism in our association and our pedagogy. Our leadership, including recent presidents and committee/interest group members, has built a strong foundation. I will work with our standing Diversity Committee to support and grow programs such as the Pre-Doctoral Workshop and the Junior Faculty of Color Workshop. I will work with our interest groups (FWIG, GPEIG, POCIG) to promote and amplify the voices of women and under-represented groups and to foster discussions and models that help our member programs improve. (3) We must have policy impact. Our scholars need to be in leading press outlets and at the table when decisions are made in cities, states, and nations. I will work with our board to craft publicity plans and programming to help our members interface with the press, elected officials, and decision-makers including federal agencies and inter-governmental organizations. My experience chairing planning departments at two universities, serving as a journal editor, and service on the ACSP governing board prepares me to help our association move forward.

Dawn Jourdan, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, and Executive Associate Dean for the College of Architecture, Texas A&M University. As a student and a junior faculty member, I had the honor of working with three past presidents, Dr. Bruce Stiftel, Dr. Charles Connerly, and Dr. Chris Silver. From them and those who have followed them in service to this organization, I have developed a healthy respect for ACSP and its members. It was my pleasure to serve, although briefly as a result of a move, as one of the mid-western representatives for ACSP from 2015-2016. Previously, I served as the Director of the Division of City and Regional Planning at the University of Oklahoma (2012-2016). I held a joint appointment between the College of Design, Construction and Planning and Law at the University of Florida from (2008-2012). I began my academic career at Texas A&M University 2003-2008). I received my training in planning and law from the University of Kansas (1996-2000) and Florida State University (2001-2004). ACSP has always understood the value of promoting planning to a wide variety of stakeholders, including planning practitioners and future students, among others. I would like to help the organization continue to grow its connections through a wide variety of interdisciplinary channels, including scholars in law, engineering, design, business, social work, among others. In my view, planning scholars are well positioned to bring together an interdisciplinary array of researchers to help grapple with the most pressing urban problems. By growing the opportunities to work together, we ensure the relevance and implementation of our work. In addition, I am committed to working with the organization to ensure that our member schools are able to grow and flourish in the ways which will allow them to remain unique and true to their self-determined missions.  

ACSP Secretary

Carissa Slotterback, PhD, AICP, Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Program, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. It would be my great honor to serve a second term as ACSP Secretary. Drawing on the experience gained during my first term, as well as two terms as regional representative, three years as environmental planning track chair, and leadership roles at the University of Minnesota, I can offer a wealth of insight and experience in support of ACSP. First, I am eager to continue to enhance ACSP’s communication efforts, with a focus on increasing the profile of ACSP and planning research, education, and practice. Enhancing communication with and among members, interest groups, and committees is essential to ensuring that ACSP is serving the full range of interests in our organization. Second, ACSP’s growing number of student and individual members suggests that we need to do even more to engage beyond member schools. Our impact as an organization and as a discipline is greater as we engage more students, as well as our member faculty in programs, departments, and universities outside of our core member schools. Third, we can do more to respond to our changing political environment and growing scrutiny of higher education. Urban planning programs are well-positioned to lead on our campuses and engage meaningfully with communities on critical issues like equity and climate change. As an association, we can do more to build the capacity of faculty as higher education leaders, support students and faculty in developing the skills and tools to conduct engaged research and teaching, and promote the innovations that our members are actively advancing in their institutions and communities.


ACSP Treasurer

Joe Grengs, PhD, AICP, Associate Professor, Director of Doctoral Studies, and incoming Chair, Urban and Regional Planning Program, University of Michigan. I grew up in Minnesota, attended the University of Minnesota for degrees in civil engineering and urban planning, and studied city planning at Cornell. My research focus is on transportation planning and social equity, and I am active in transportation advocacy in the Detroit region. I spent five years as Treasurer for Planners Network, and I currently serve as ACSP Treasurer after stepping in to fill a vacancy about a year ago, so I am familiar with the skills required for this role. As Treasurer, I’ll seek to establish a more detailed approach to tracking the outcomes of financial investments, to upgrade the budget in accordance with the growing complexity of the association, and to maintain the success of recent strategic investments. My priorities for ACSP governance include: strengthening our commitment to increasing diversity in planning academia and practice; broadening our international reach; and expanding planning’s appeal – across our campuses, to a wider array of constituencies, and to vulnerable communities – in response to such trends as anti-government retrenchment and declining university enrollments.



Northeast Region

Justin Hollander, Associate Professor and Director of the Certificate in Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) in Urban Justice & Sustainability, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University. I have been at Tufts for over ten years and during that time have served my University as co-Chair of the Arts, Sciences, & Engineering Campus Planning & Development Committee, as a member of the University-wide IT Sub-Committee on Teaching and Learning, and as Chair of my Department’s Student Affairs Committee. I have been active with ACSP, as well, serving on the Membership Committee (2006- 2010), Review and Appraisal Committee (2010 – 2011), and Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) Advisory Committee (2015 – present). Prior to Tufts, I had a career as a practitioner, working for local, regional, and federal agencies and serving as a Board member for the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association. I see the opportunity to serve as a Northeast Representative on the ACSP Governing Board as a way to more fully support the mission of ACSP and to share my perspectives on planning education, research, and practice.

Southeast Region

Anuradha Mukherji, Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, East Carolina University (ECU). I received my training from India, Texas A&M University and eventually my doctoral degree at the University of California at Berkeley. After teaching at Boston University briefly, I joined ECU in 2010. My reasons for applying to be a candidate for the southeast regional representative are three-fold. First, as part of a small team of planning faculty at ECU, I possess experiences and perspectives related to planning research, education and practice in small programs, in particular the relationship between planning education and the profession. I would be excited to bring this experience and geographic diversity to the regional representative position. Second, the needs of undergraduate planning programs, particularly those located in small towns and serving predominantly rural communities, are uniquely different from larger programs in urban settings. If elected to serve as one of the ACSP regional representatives, I would continue the efforts of the committed representatives that have come before me while applying a new lens of understanding to issues that small programs face. Third, my research extends to both domestic and international settings, and I am a member of the Global Planning Educators Interest Group (GPEIG). If elected, I would look forward to tapping into a diversity of viewpoints from international colleagues at ACSP member schools and to identify and eliminate barriers for those who wish to be more involved with the Association.

Tom Sanchez, Chair and Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech. I feel that ACSP plays a critical leadership role in planning education and faces on-going challenges related to academic and professional impact. I am interested in continuing my position on the ACSP Governing Board for a number of reasons. ACSP members can draw on mutual experiences to increase the visibility of our programs on our own campuses, as well as off-campus. I would like to see the Governing Board strategically engage not only member schools, but also individual faculty, in highlighting the significant contributions of our teaching, research, and outreach. Our programs are often recognized for these contributions and we can do a better job of sharing how to best communicate our success.

I’Shian “Ivan” Suen, faculty member of the Urban and Regional Studies and Planning Program, affiliated research associate of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, Virginia Commonwealth University. I have an M.U.P. degree from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington. My research and teaching interests include land use planning, regional planning, and the applications of geospatial technologies for data analysis and visualization. Over the years, I have worked with many students, colleagues, and communities both in the US and internationally. I also chaired the planning program at VCU for six years (2009-15) and can attest that the challenges we face today and in the future demand more innovative ways to enhance and promote planning education and practice. I am interested in serving as a Regional Representative because of the great opportunity to work together, facilitate communication among member institutions, identify and address current and emerging issues in the region and beyond.


Midwest Region

Lucie Laurian, Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa. Lucie is an active scholar, teacher, advisor and community member. Her courses cover Analytic Methods, Environmental Management, Urban Design and Healthy Cities, and her research focuses around environmental planning, environmental justice, institutional implementation processes, and the enactment of democracy in planning practice. She regularly reviews manuscripts for many planning journals and serves as Book Review Editor for Planning Theory. She is involved in her community as a member of the Iowa City Parks and Recreations Commission, of the Johnson County Comprehensive Plan Committee, and as an active advisor to the Iowa Sustainable Land Trust – with the goal of protecting public lands, natural areas and sustainably farmed agricultural lands. She has been involved in ACSP for many years, first as discussant in the environmental track, then as a member of FWIG, as a judge for the Poster Competition, and most recently as Chair of the GPEIG Gill-Chin Lim Best Dissertation in International Planning award committee. She is looking forward to participating in the ACSP Governing Board. Her vision for ACSP is that it continues to improve in its core mission to serve as an open, welcoming and fruitful locus of exchange and support for planning scholars and students, and in particularly for women, people of color, immigrants, queer, young scholars, and all those who encounter challenges in their professional development. She envisions ACSP as an active--and proactive--organization, committed to supporting and defending planning research, scholarship, education and practice in the uncertain years ahead.

Alfonso Morales, PhD (Northwestern), Professor and Vilas Trust awardee, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is originally from rural New Mexico with roots in family farming there and in West Texas. He has established a nationally and internationally recognized and policy-relevant program of research on street vendors and marketplaces that has described the organization and consequences of marketplace processes historically and across populations. His research examines the intersection of these markets with various modalities of identity, including gender and race. He has also contributed to our understanding of business organizations, public health, and food systems. This latter work joins his interests in street commerce to food distribution, production and formal organizations (like Housing Authorities). His broader intellectual agenda includes basic and applied research of the social processes relating how people think and behave to interaction and organization and back again. He has extensive experience with students in community-based outreach and research. He has been twice elected to the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association and he has served as faculty and as organizer of three LSA workshops for graduate students and young faculty. He has also served the ACSP in providing food planning syllabi and as a member of POCIG's Blakely Award committee.


Central Region

Yingling Fan, Associate Professor and Interim Director, Urban and Regional Planning Program, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. My research examines how land use and transportation solutions can improve human health and social equity. I define myself as an interdisciplinary researcher—contributing to emerging fields such as social epidemiology, transportation geography, and environmental justice. I also define myself as a community-engaged scholar—applying scholarly expertise to facilitate community improvements. I have published widely in leading academic journals across multiple fields, and have served as local advisors including elected positions for community organizations in Minnesota. I am increasingly engaged in administrative and editorial activities. I direct the Global Transit Innovations program at the University of Minnesota which fosters a global student experience through international exchanges and study abroad courses. I am Editor of the Journal of Transport and Land Use, and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation and the Transportation Letters. If elected to the ACSP Governing Board, I look forward to contributing to ACSP’s core missions, including advancing high quality and interdisciplinary planning research, supporting international education, and promoting engaged scholarship. I believe my background as a seasoned researcher and an international educator, along with my administrative, editorial, and community engagement experiences, has well-prepared me for the ACSP Governing Board - Central Regional Representative Position.

Austin Troy, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado Denver. Prior to arriving there in 2013, I was a faculty member at the University of Vermont for 12 years where, for two years, I directed the UVM Transportation Research Center. While there I was also a Planning Commissioner for the City of Burlington. My focus is on urban environmental planning and I come from a hybrid background that integrates environmental science and urban planning. As Chair at CU Denver I helped guide us through the PAB reaccreditation process and I am a recent invitee into the PAB site visitors’ pool. I am also the chair of the local host committee for the 2017 ACSP annual meeting taking place in Denver. I believe that ACSP plays a critical role in setting a framework for the education of planners, as well as in fostering excellent planning scholarship and outreach with communities. The organization’s challenge is to evolve and adapt to the rapid pace of change in both cities and the planning profession—changes related to a variety of factors like technology, demography, immigration, climate, and cultural preferences. I am interested in how ACSP can help make planning education and scholarship more responsive to these changes, more inclusive, and more interactive with planning professionals and communities.


West Region

Richard Margerum, Head of the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, the University of Oregon, where I have been a faculty member since 2001. I have served ACSP on the Institutional Governance Committee and as a regional member of the Governing Board. I have learned a lot about the inner workings of ACSP in my first term on the board and welcome the opportunity to serve again. There are several areas I hope to help support if I remain on the board: (1) continue ACSP’s efforts of improving the diversity of students and faculty; (2) promote increased sharing among programs about strategies for applied learning; and (3) help ACSP determine effective strategies for responding to the negative political rhetoric unfairly targeting particular communities and strategies for promoting greater awareness of the impacts of policy change in areas such as health, education, income, and environment.


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.