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Conference Highlights

Presidential Session: The State of Diversity within ACSP

Thursday: 4:15pm5:30pm

With support from ACSP President Lois Takahashi, this session is hosted by the ACSP Committee on Diversity (CoD).  CoD will present their 2016 Report on Race, Ethnicity, and Foreign Origin Data; describe activities undertaken to enhance ACSP's commitment to inclusive and equitable diversity in education and research; and allow for discussion of their work on programs and incentives for increasing faculty and student diversity as well as expanding diversity in the curriculum. Presenters from CoD include Ann Forsyth, Harvard University; Arnab Chakraborty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Jeffrey Lowe, Texas Southern University, Chair of the Committee.

Conference Highlights/Training Workshop

Case Teaching & Writing for Planners: The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Friday: 1:30pm3:00pm

Sponsored By

To address the rising social, economic, and environmental challenges facing cities across the globe, planners need to acquire foundational knowledge and skills in planning and public finance as well as opportunities to apply them in real world situations. Thus the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy created a case library for teaching and learning. A case study re-creates a real-world problem, and asks students to walk in the shoes of public officials, business leaders, and citizens. Through debates, group work, and continuous feedback from educators and peers, participants develop a deep understanding of pertinent issues, analytical skills, and empathy for opposing views.

The workshop will introduce the Lincoln Institute Case Library initiative; strategies and supports for case research, writing, and teaching; ten ($1000) case study awards; and how you can use and contribute to the case library. Using two case study examples, we will review the definition of a teaching case, the learning goals and expected outcomes of using cases, and provide guidance on how to write them. During the last part of the workshop, participants will be invited to brainstorm cases they may be interested in writing. Prior to the workshop, participants will be asked to read two short cases that will be distributed in advance.

About the Speakers
Ge Vue is an Instructional Designer at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He collaborates with content experts in planning and urban development, public finance, and valuation and taxation to develop residential and online professional learning programs. He is also leading the Institute’s effort to create a web-based, case study library for teaching and learning. The case library will provide educators and practitioners free access to teaching cases on a wide range of issues such as climate change, municipal fiscal health, value capture, property tax, and informality and urban poverty.

William Ellet teaches Management Communication at Brandeis University and at the University of Miami in its Executive MBA Program for Athletes and Artists. He facilitates Case Method Training Seminars for Harvard Business Publishing, primarily in Latin America, and independently as a consultant. He has been a writing consultant and coach for the HBS MBA Program for over 20 years. He is the author of The Case Study Handbook; cases; and an online course on management communication, all published by Harvard Business Publishing.

Conference Highlights/Training Workshop

Being Heard—and Agreed with—in the Policymaking Environment

Friday: 3:15pm – 4:45pm
Ticket required: $25

Organized by the ACSP Executive Committee. From environmental regulations to infrastructure to social justice to community development, what happens in Washington, DC doesn’t stay there. Every day legislators and staff make decisions that dramatically impact the planning community. ACSP members can influence those decisions--we just need to know how! Join us in this interactive session to learn the four specific things you can do to ensure your legislators and their staff listen up and take notice. We'll also go over what legislators are looking for from academic interests, the most important things to know about your legislators, and how to develop a winning message. Participants will come away with a specific plan for engaging effectively in the policymaking process. If you want to make a difference for communities across the country, this is the workshop for you.

About the Speaker
Stephanie D. Vance, also known as the “Advocacy Guru”, is the author of five books including Citizens in Action: A Guide to Influencing Government and the recently released The Influence Game. She’s a 25-year veteran of Washington, D.C. political scene and has held positions as a lobbyist, grassroots consultant and Congressional aide. Stephanie’s experiences as a legislative director and Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill led her to found Advocacy Associates, a firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations be both heard and agreed with in the legislative environment. Ms. Vance holds a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. She lives and works in Washington D.C.

Conference Highlights

Leaping the Hurdles & Navigating the Maze: Getting Funding from NIH & NSF

Friday: 3:15pm – 4:45pm

Organized by the ACSP Executive Committee. This session is intended for faculty members, professionals, and graduate students interested in learning how to prepare successful proposals for research grants. Current and recently retired program officers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will highlight the hurdles commonly experienced by applicants and guide participants through the maze of NSF and NIH. They will discuss NSF’s and NIH’s review criteria and will also provide information on doctoral student support, early investigator funding opportunities, and faculty submission guidelines.

Lois Takahashi, University of Southern California


Susan Newcomer retired to the high mountains of Colorado in May of 2017 after a 29 year stint as a health science administrator in the Population Dynamics Branch of the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. While there she managed about $34million of research grants on reproductive health, contraceptive use and domestic violence. She also provided advice on grant writing, the NIH review process, and appropriate “homes” for research to a wide range of potential applicants, both US and international. Before becoming a fed, she was the national director of education for PPFA.  She has a 1983 Ph.D. in population studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a 1962 BA from Barnard College. She grew up in Cincinnati Ohio and has lived on both coasts and in Taiwan. 

Antoinette WinklerPrins, PhD, Program Director, Geography & Spatial Sciences Program Antoinette WinklerPrins is a people-environment geographer specializing in nature- society relations, with an emphasis on cultural landscapes and environmental knowledge systems, especially in the Brazilian Amazon. She received her B.A. in (urban) geography in 1983 from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) with an emphasis on international development in 1985 from the same university. She completed a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, with a minor in soil science. She went on to complete a post-doc in soil science at ITC- Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (now part of the University of Twente) in The Netherlands. After her post-doc Antoinette spent ten years on the faculty of Michigan State University’s Department of Geography. At MSU she was also involved with the Environmental Science and Policy Program, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Centers for the Advanced Study of International Development and Gender in a Global Context. She then spent three years as a rotating Program Officer in the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation, and was then Director for Environmental Programs at Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs. In July 2016 she returned to NSF as a permanent Program Director in Geography and Spatial Sciences Program. Antoinette has served as a Regional Councilor for the American Association of Geographers, and also as Chair of Board of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. She currently serves on the Council of the American Geographical Society.

Conference Highlights

Big Ideas Session: Planning's Engagement with Mass-Imprisonment

Saturday: 9:45am11:15am

Organized by the ACSP Executive Committee. The United States imprisons its residents at a higher rate than any other country in the world. In many neighborhoods, criminal justice agencies are the primary government actors interacting with the public, and spending on police and prisons is the largest public expenditure. The criminal justice system also displays some of the widest racial disparities of any U.S. government institution. Despite the significant role of the criminal justice and penal systems in shaping the built environment of cities and the lives of urban residents, as well as its significant contribution to continuing urban inequality, the penal system is often not a primary focus of urban planning research or education. The goal of this session is to create an opportunity for debate and critical reflection on the implications of incarceration for planning and to explore the possibilities for planning education in prisons and jails.

  • Organizer: WU, Weiping [Professor, Columbia University] weiping.wu@columbia.edu
  • Chair: Lens, Michael [Associate Professor, UCLA] mlens@ucla.edu
  • Co-discussant: SIMPSON, Sheryl-Ann [Assistant Professor, UC Davis] ssimpson@ucdavis.edu
  • Co-discussant: FORBES, Flores [Associate Vice President for Strategic Policy and Program Implementation, Columbia University] faf2106@columbia.edu
  • Presenter: MEISTERLIN, Leah [Assistant Professor, Columbia University] leah.meisterlin@columbia.edu
  • Presenter: STEIL, Justin [Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology] steil@mit.edu

About the Presenters
Leah Meisterlin is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Broadly, her research engages concurrent issues of spatial justice, informational ethics, and the effects of infrastructural networks on the construction of social and political space. Her current research explores the ways in which digital technologies are restructuring urban spatial politics and altering methods, both contemporary and historical, of urban research. She teaches the Studio in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Rikers Island Correction Facility in New York.

Justin Steil is an Assistant Professor of Law and Urban Planning at MIT. Broadly interested in social stratification and spatial dimensions of inequality, his research examines the intersection of civil rights, land use, and local government law. His recent scholarship has explored these themes in the context of immigration federalism, residential segregation, lending discrimination, environmental justice, and mass incarceration. Prior to academia, he clerked for judges on federal trial and appellate courts, worked as advocacy director for a non-profit fighting predatory lending practices, urban planner for an environmental justice organization focusing on brownfield redevelopment, program manager for a project bringing youth and prisoners into critical dialogues about justice, and trainer with a domestic violence crisis center training police in Ciudad Juárez in the support of survivors of sexual assault. He has taught in prisons and jails for more than 20 years.

Conference Highlights

Institutionalizing Community – University Engagement: Scaling Up Collaboration through Planning Leadership

Saturday: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Organized by the ACSP Executive Committee. Inspired by the growing relevance and impact of community – university engagement in the urban planning academy, this session will highlight next steps for further institutionalizing engagement in our programs, colleges, and universities. The session will draw on the insights of planning leaders who, through their own research and teaching, as well as administrative efforts, have worked to advocate for, demonstrate, and embed meaningful engagement in their institutions. The speakers will share their perspectives on scaling up individual engagement efforts within universities and communities. They will envision what our institutions might look like if engagement were integrated across our structures of research, education, and service, and will consider the nature of our relationships with and commitment to communities, stakeholders, and the broader public.

Carissa Slotterback, Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota, schiv005@umn.edu


  • Tim Chapin, Dean, College of Social Sciences, and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University, tchapin@fsu.edu
  • Flores Forbes, Associate Vice President, Strategic Policy and Program Implementation, Columbia University, faf2106@columbia.edu
  • Samina Raja, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and PI of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, University at Buffalo SUNY, sraja@buffalo.edu
  • Karen Umemoto, Chair and Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa, kumemoto@hawaii.edu
  • Robert Shibley, Professor and Dean, School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo SUNY. rshibley@buffalo.edu

Conference Highlights/Networking

Community Center & Exhibits

Thursday: 7:00am 5:45pm
Enjoy a continental breakfast in the morning, learn about how to use the mobile app, and get to know the industry leaders exhibiting in the Community Center.

Friday: 7:00am 6:30pm
This all-day session begins with a continental breakfast, is open during the late-morning/early-afternoon to peruse book titles of interest, take a coffee break, and network with exhibitors. Friday afternoon begins at 1:30pm with the Poster Session & Exhibits Reception where you can network with exhibitors and peers, review more than 60 research posters, and even get a free professional head shot photo!

Saturday: 7:00am 6:30pm
On Saturday, enjoy a continental breakfast while networking with colleagues. Grab a cup of coffee while you peruse book titles and exhibits.

Special Session

GPEIG Roundtable: The New Urban Agenda & Global Planning Education

Thursday: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Hosted by the Global Planning Education Interest Group. The New Urban Agenda (NUA) was presented and adopted at the UN-HABITAT III Conference held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. The document sets a new global standards of achievement for sustainable urban development for the next twenty years. The need for meaningful urban interventions is emphasized in the document including the role of urban planning. The main idea of the roundtable is to discuss the following questions: What are the challenges and opportunities from the NUA to global planning education? How should global planning education respond to those challenges and opportunities? What are some new and emerging questions and conundrums from the NUA that global planning education confronts and that students need to be prepared to engage with? The session will begin with brief remarks of the NUA and the ACSP/GPEAN roles and then go round the room and hear from each on their thoughts on any of the questions outlined above.

Bruce Stiftel is professor and chair of the School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. He represents the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN) to UN-Habitat’s University Network Initiative. His research concerns collaborative governance of environmental/water policy, global movement of planning ideas, and international responses to urbanization.

Eugenie L. Birch holds the Lawrence C. Nusssdorf Chair in Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania where she is Professor of City and Regional Planning, School of Design and the founding co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research. She is currently president, General Assembly of Partners (GAP), an engagement platform for the implementation of the UN’s New Urban Agenda and associated global agreements. Her research interests include global urbanization, planning history and urban revitalization.

Additional Panelists:

  • Deden Rukmana, Savannah State University, moderator
  • Bishwapriya Sanyal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Heather J. Campbell, University of Sheffield
  • Ashok Das, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Charisma Acey, University of California Berkeley
  • Samina Raja, University at Buffalo SUNY
  • Enrique Silva, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Special Session

 Content Connections: Reaching Practicing Planners

Thursday: 5:45pm – 6:45pm

Sponsored By

Join the conversation with editors from the American Planning Association's JAPA and Planning magazine, the editor of JPER, and a practicing planner to find ways to bridge the gap between academics and professionals. We'll ask for your ideas, and talk about which research topics can help advance the profession, how to get your research in front of planners, and how to translate it for a nonacademic audience.


  • Sandra Rosenbloom, University of Texas, JAPA Editor
  • Clinton J. Andrews, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, JPER Editor
  • Rocky Piro, University of Colorado, Denver

Local Host Session

Millennials, Mountains, & Mobility: The Impacts on Housing in Colorado's Front Range

Friday: 8:30am – 10:00am

Denver is the second-fastest growing city in the U.S. Millennials, retirees, marijuana capitalists, IT professionals, people priced out of the coasts, and others are flocking to the region for jobs, access to the mountains, a perceived lifestyle, and yes, legal marijuana. The build out of the light rail system has stimulated development and investment throughout the region. However, this growth is creating pressures across the housing market—once-affordable central neighborhoods are being gentrified by millennials; since 2014 rental rates have increased by 20% and home values by 45%; mobile home parks in formerly forgotten areas are now in TOD zones; and only three of the 50 metro suburbs are still considered affordable. Planners and policymakers are seeking to create and preserve affordable housing within Colorado’s uniquely restrictive policy landscape, which includes budget and tax restrictions, constitutional prohibitions against inclusionary zoning for renters and tenant protections, and three failed attempts for a statewide housing trust fund. A fourth housing trust fund is working its way through the legislature, organizations are fighting to save mobile home parks through tenant buyouts, dozens of towns are supporting ADUs; densities are increasing; the Denver TOD fund has been expanded to the region; and the housing finance authority has initiated rolling 4% tax credit applications. Yet, these measures are not enough to meet the demand, and densification, traffic and NIMBY concerns are generating pushback from many neighborhoods. What else can be done to ensure that people across the income spectrum can find a place to call home in Denver?

The panel will include housing researchers from CU Denver, Jennifer Steffel Johnson and Carrie Makarewicz, and local housing advocates, policymakers, and funders.

About the Speakers
Brad Weinig joined Enterprise Community Partners in June 2011. Enterprise is a national non-profit organization that concentrates on bringing affordable housing expertise and investment to low-income communities. In his role as the Program Director for Transit Oriented Development, Brad is focused on creative financing solutions to ensure affordable housing and community facilities are developed and preserved near public transportation. Prior to joining Enterprise, Brad spent five years with Citi Community Capital in San Francisco, where he underwrote over $600 million of loans to finance the development or acquisition/rehabilitation of low-income apartment communities nationwide. Brad is a LEED Green Associate and an active member of ULI Colorado’s Workforce Housing Council.

Deyanira Zavala oversees the implementation and execution of Mile High Connects workplan by creating and managing partnership opportunities. She focuses on MHC’s Business, Local Workforce, and Middle Skilled Jobs and MHC’s Affordable Fares priority areas, as well as MHC’s gentrification/anti-displacement efforts. Prior to joining Mile High Connects, Deyanira served as Program Coordinator at Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, a Community creating mobility in people’s lives through entrepreneurs. Deyanira has also served as the Business Assistance Center Manager with Business and Community Lenders of Texas and Program Coordinator with NALCAB- National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, where she facilitated a variety of projects in support of NALCAB member organizations, including resource development and capacity building activities. Deyanira holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Special Session

ACSP Student Award Paper Presentations

Friday: 8:30am – 10:00am

Ed McClure Award for Best Masters Student Paper
Planning Equitable Food Systems:  An Overview of Problems and Opportunities
Rachel Gaffney, University of Oklahoma rgaffney91@hotmail.com

GPEIG: Gill-Chin Lim Award for the Best Dissertation on International Planning
Adaptive Efficiency in Coffee Clusters: Resilience through Agglomeration, Global Value Chains, Social Networks, and Institutions

Thomas Douthat, Georgia Institute of Technology, tdouthat@gatech.edu

ACSP/FWIG Marsha Ritzdorf Award for the Best Student Work on Diversity, Social Justice and the Role of Women in Planning - two winners

Advocacy Planning in the Growth Machine: Toward a Political Urban Planning
Wes Grooms, University of Louisville wes.grooms@louisville.edu

An Equity Analysis of the U.S. Public Transportation System Based on Job Accessibility
Armin J. Yeganeh, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, yeganeh@vt.edu

Barclay Gibbs Jones Award for Best Dissertation in Planning
Crystal Balls and Black Boxes: Optimism Bias in Ridership and Cost Forecasts for New Starts Rapid Transit Projects
Carole Turley Voulgaris, University of California, Los Angeles, caroleturley@ucla.edu

Special Session

APA's New Research Agenda: Opportunities for Collaboration

Thursday: 10:15am 11:45am

APA conducts sponsored research through the three National Centers for Planning: Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health. APA recently developed a new organizational research agenda in which partnering with collegiate schools of planning was identified as a priority. David Rouse, FAICP, APA's Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services, will provide an overview of APA's current research programs, the new research agenda, and opportunities for collaboration linking academic research and practice.

About the Speaker
David Rouse is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and registered landscape architect with over 30 years of experience in community planning and design. Since 2013 he has served as Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for the American Planning Association in Washington, DC. In this capacity he leads APA’s applied research programs, including Planning Advisory Services and the three National Centers for Planning: Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health. David co-authored APA publications on green infrastructure and comprehensive planning and is managing APA’s Sustaining Places Initiative to integrate sustainability into local governmental comprehensive plans.

Local Host Roundtable: Planning for Pot

Friday: 10:15am – 11:45am

Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states while 8 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana use and sales for recreational purposes. Yet we know very little about the implications of this multi-billion dollar industry on urban economies, neighborhoods, and built and natural environments. Speakers in this local host session will address some of the most pressing questions facing urban planners attempting to accommodate this new and controversial land use. How does this burgeoning industry affect property values, industrial lease rates, housing prices, gentrification, and displacement of underserved residents? How do municipalities and environmental justice advocates ensure that nuisance uses are equitably distributed and environmental externalities are properly managed? How does dispensary and growhouse density affect personal and property crime? And what are the local and regional economic development factors associated with the industry, including its impact on tourism?

The panel will include researchers on marijuana planning, as well as representatives from state and local governments and non-profit organizations.

About the Speakers

  • Chad Brue | Chief Executive Officer & Founder | Brue Baukol Capital Partners

    Mr. Brue founded Brue Baukol Capital Partners in 2011 to develop and acquire commercial real estate properties, multifamily properties and operating businesses in the Denver Metro area. BBCP focuses on value-add and opportunistic acquisitions with an eye towards finding opportunities the rest of the market is currently overlooking. With assets developed and/or under management valued in excess of $400 million, BBCP’s holdings currently include over 385,000 square feet of industrial properties, a 7-story office building currently being redeveloped, a 240,00 SF ground up industrial development, a recently completed 238-unit transit oriented mixed use development, a $55M Public/Private Partnership on a mixed use development, a 13-acre development site in Denver’s RiNo District, a 37 acre transit oriented development in Denver’s largest office submarket, and ownership of Frost Creek – a 2,600-acre mountain resort community in the Vail Valley. Recent development experience includes The LAB, a 79,000 square foot new office development in Denver’s Central Platte Valley and the $60M Oxford Station multi-family project in the Denver suburb of Englewood, both of which were awarded NAIOP’s Innovative Project of the Year in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Prior to forming BBCP, Mr. Brue’s 18 years of experience in the real estate industry includes personally transacting over $1 billion in commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions and overseeing 350 commercial real estate brokers.

  • Andrew Howard | Lieutenant, Vice and Drug Control Bureau, Denver Police Department

    Andrew Howard is the Lieutenant in charge of the Vice and Drug Control Bureau for the Denver Police Department. In his current assignment he supervises three Marijuana enforcement teams as well as an interdiction team and a vice team. In his 20 years as a police officer he has spent most of his time working and supervising undercover officers. Lt. Howard has spent over ten years in narcotics investigations and was the supervisor of the first narcotic team to focus completely on illegal Marijuana investigations
  • Kristi Kelly is the executive director of Marijuana Industry Group, Colorado’s oldest, largest and most diverse trade association for licensed marijuana businesses, where she also served as vice chair and a board member. She recently launched Root Strategies, a 

    national consulting company focused on cannabis strategies and business services. Kristi was an owner, and remains an investor in a group of marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary business in the Denver area, where she served as COO until December 2015. She is a founding board member of the Fourth Corner Credit Union, the world’s first marijuana financial institution. She currently sits on the Governor’s Marijuana Education task force, Denver's Social Consumption Advisory Committee, the Colorado Task Force for Drunk and Impaired Driving, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment's Marijuana Occupational Health and Safety Workgroup, and Denver's Odor Advisory Workgroup, and has participated in numerous other appointments, workgroups, and rulemaking committees.
  • Professor Sam Kamin joined the faculty at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in 1999 and is currently the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy. Holding both a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley as well as a BA, summa cum laude, from Amherst College. He has become one of the nation’s leading experts on the regulation of marijuana, and in 2012 he was appointed to Governor John Hickenlooper’s Task Force to Implement Amendment 64 and the ACLU of California’s blue ribbon panel to study marijuana legalization.
  • Jill Jennings Golich is Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development Department at the City and County of Denver, where she serves as point person all issues related to regulation of the marijuana industry. Prior to this, she was the Director of Campus Planning for Denver’s Auraria Campus, where she updated the campus’s master plan and managed the creation of a companion strategic implementation plan, the development of new campus design guidelines, creation and installation of monument and pedestrian signage, the renovation of the campus’ library, installation of the campus’ first bike lane, oversaw the design review process for six new buildings, and led the effort to relocate a RTD light rail station. Jill has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
  • Ashley Kilroy | Executive Director of Excise and Licensing, City and County of Denver

    After serving for nearly three years as the Executive Director of Marijuana Policy in Denver, Ashley Kilroy was promoted in October 2016 by Mayor Michael B. Hancock to lead the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses. Excise and Licenses is the central business-licensing department for the City and County of Denver and includes the Office of Marijuana Policy. The department manages licensing for a broad range of businesses, including bars and restaurants, security guard companies, and marijuana stores and cultivation facilities. In this position, Kilroy maintains responsibility for the administration and implementation of marijuana policy for Denver. She coordinates the marijuana-related work of various city departments, commissions, boards, officers, agencies and employees, and serves as Denver’s liaison to local, state and federal elected officials, agencies, and other partners on marijuana issues. Kilroy and her team have developed a collaborative approach to marijuana management, facilitating engagement and coordinating the work of hundreds of city employees who are committed to the city’s successful implementation of a legal marijuana. Her work has helped position Denver at the forefront of cannabis regulation, enforcement and education worldwide, and the city continues to lead and innovate as the industry and its regulations evolve. Kilroy has served Denver in many capacities, including as the Deputy Manager of Safety where she provided managerial support, oversight, and discipline of the Denver Police, Sheriff and Fire departments. She has extensive experience as an attorney, mediator and investigator, practicing law for more than 20 years and specializing primarily in municipal employment law. Kilroy received her J.D. from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, graduating with honors, and her B.A. from the University of Alabama. She has three daughters and lives in Denver with her husband, Jim.
  • Margie Valdez | Chair, Denver Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation Zoning & Planning Committee

    Margie Valdez, J.D. is the current Chair of Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC), a non-profit coalition founded in 1975 and comprised of representatives from all of Denver’s registered neighborhood organizations (RNOs), city agencies, and others. Margie is a member of many civic organizations and committees include the Social Consumption Advisory Committee (to regulate public marijuana use), and Blueprint Denver. She is also an Executive Member of INC and Board Member of Capitol Hill United Neighbors Association. Previously, she served as Chief Counsel for the California School Employees Association and before that was in private practice as an attorney in California.
  • Jeff Romine | Chief Economist | City and County of Denver

    Jeff is the Chief Economist for the City and County of Denver, and works directly in Denver’s Office of Economic Development. He assists in setting the policy and program direction for community economic development programs for Denver. Jeff has been the lead staff in working with the Mayor and the OED Executive Director to attract, retain, and expand companies in Denver, including DaVita, TIAA, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions, Johns Manville, and Optiv (formerly Accuvant) and a number of fast growing technology businesses. He works on a number of initiatives and business development projects. He was the city staff lead on the establishment of the Denver, now Mile High, TOD Fund, the CGR Impact Fund, and other innovative financing tools. Previously under Mayor Hickenlooper and Mayor Vidal, he served as the Director of Business and Housing Services and led the Business Development team. In these roles, he directed the business attraction and development, affordable and workforce housing, and neighborhood development program activities of the integrated community economic development program. Prior to joining the City, Jeff was on the economic research faculty of the Leeds School of Business, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Chief Economist at the Maricopa Association of Governments (Phoenix metro) and the Denver Regional Council of Governments. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in micro- and macroeconomics, economic development, urban market analysis and public policy.

Special Session

Public Communication Strategies for Planning Academics

Friday: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Hosted by the ACSP Communications Committee. Interested in sharing your research with practitioners, connecting with media, and better communicating about your work for a public audience? Come hear from leading planning researchers about these topics and more. The speakers will share their insights on venues for sharing their research and expertise, engaging with social and traditional media, and framing planning research for broad audiences. In addition to sharing personal strategies and examples, the speakers will offer advice about integrating communication efforts with teaching and research expectations, developing relationships with writers and editors relevant to planning, and engaging colleagues around communication efforts. The session will offer ample opportunities for discussion about communication strategies, as well as ways that ACSP can support faculty and students in enhancing their communications skills.

Carissa Slotterback, Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota, schiv005@umn.edu


  • Geoff Boeing, Post Doc, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, gboeing@berkeley.edu
  • Jennifer Dill, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, jdill@pdx.edu
  • Justin Hollander, Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, justin.hollander@tufts.edu
  • Yingling Fan, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota, yingling@umn.edu

Special Session

FWIG: Pathways to Academic Leadership for Women & Faculty of Color

Friday: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Hosted by the Faculty Women's Interest Group. There are a number of different pathways to academic leadership positions in the academy. While some are better understood (faculty  chair  dean), other are not. Panelists will discuss the opportunities for academic leadership positions and the different pathways available to women, faculty of color, and other underrepresented groups.

Featured Panelists
Dr. Marlon Boarnet is the founding and current chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis at the University of Southern California.  Prior to that, he was vice dean for academic affairs in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.  From 2003-2006, Dr. Boarnet served as chair of the Planning, Policy, and Design Department at UC Irvine.  Dr. Boarnet is currently the Vice-President/President elect of ACSP and has been a major leader on issues of diversity.  He led a USC/ACSP partnership to design, build, and host the first-ever pre-doctoral workshop for students of color in urban planning.

Dr. Jennifer Evans-Cowley was appointed the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Texas on July 1, 2017.  Prior to this, she was Vice Provost for Capital Planning and Regional Campuses at the Ohio State University. In this role, she created and implemented the University’s six campus, $1+ billion capital plan to enable the advancement of the university’s mission and foster an environment of excellence for faculty, students and staff. She has held positions as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration and Department Chair for the City & Regional Planning Department at Ohio State.  

Additional Panelists:

  • Mai Thi Nguyen, FWIG President and Associate Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, moderator
  • Jennifer Clark, Associate Professor, Director of the Center on Urban Innovation and Associate Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
  • Meghan Gough, Associate Professor and Chair, Urban and Regional Planning/Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • James H. Spencer, Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, School of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities, Clemson University
  • Lois Takahashi,  Professor and Director, USC Price School of Public Policy, Sacramento Center and President of ACSP

Special Session

Examining Global Planning Education: An Open Conversation

Friday: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Hosted by the ACSP Global Planning Education Task Force. Global planning education in North America finds itself at a crossroads once again. Since the 1950s planning approaches to understanding international and global contexts have gone through several turning points. Early theories in comparative planning, influenced by modernization theory, assumed that Europe and the United States were to be emulated as the apogee of planning theory and practice.

Beginning in the 1960s, however, planning pedagogy and research began to emphasize the particularity of cities, and the need to root planning approaches in an understanding of societies, cultures, and the historical and contemporary role of economic and political structures operating at an international scale in shaping urban issues. The 1980s saw a turn towards an interest in issues of globalization and neoliberalization, and the challenges that these forces presented to cities across the globe. Today, we witness a dramatic turn inwards in national political discourse, as political leaders in the United States ratchet up discourses of American exceptionalism, and cast immigrants and other nations as threats to American security and prosperity. 

What do these changes mean for global planning education? How do we educate our students to tackle the inward and nationalistic turn in political discourse?  How do we train students to understand and reflect on the ways that the global intersects with local planning practice, whether in the US or in other contexts? What challenges and opportunities does the current political moment present to planning education more generally in its efforts to bring the global dimensions of local issues to the attention of current and future planning practitioners?

This session is hosted by the ACSP Global Planning Education Task Force, which has been tasked by ACSP with reviewing contemporary practices in global planning education and research. As part of its review, the Task Force plans to hold sessions at the 2017 and 2018 ACSP annual meetings in order to better understand the perspectives of a broad range planning academics, and to foster a continuing discussion about the agenda of the Task Force with the broader ACSP community. We hope to gain input from a range of stakeholders planning educators from programs that have significant course offerings in global and international planning and those that do not, and faculty who conduct research and teaching that is explicitly international and those who do not.  While taking the above questions as a starting point, we intend for this session to be an open discussion that may touch on any number of issues of interest to attendees, including the role of global planning in curriculum and instruction, recruitment and engagement of international students, issues of accreditation, and others. 

Gavin Shatkin, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Gabriella Carolini, Assistant Professor of International Development and Urban Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lesli Hoey, Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan
Renia Ehrenfeucht, Professor/Director of Community and Regional Planning, University of New Mexico
Noreen McDonald, Associate Professor & Chair; Director, Carolina Transportation Program, University of North Carolina
Shannon Van Zandt, Professor, Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, Texas A&M University

Special Session/Training Workshop

PAB - Assessing Assessments: The Role of Professionals

Saturday: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the driver and fundamentals of student learning and outcomes assessment in higher education
  • Understand the various ways planning programs are ensuring students have the skills required to work as planners
  • Identify opportunities for professionals to work with local univrsities and planning faculty in student learning and outcomes assessment.

Student Learning and Outcomes Assessment are buzzwords flying around academia. Why should this matter to the profession? Explore the opportunities and challenges of engaging external stakeholders in outcomes assessment, and how feedback from practitioners is used to improve learning in the program.


  • Hilary Nixon, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, San Jose State University
  • Charles Warnken, Ph.D., AICP, Associate Professor and Director, Division of Regional and City Planning, University of Oklahoma
  • Kenneth Genskow, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Special Session

Emerging Challenges for Planning & Collaborative Strategies to Prepare for Them

Thursday: 2:45pm - 4:00pm

Hosted by the ACSP Committee on the Academy. This session follows issues raised at the 2017 ACSP Administrator's Conference held in Reston, VA. Given the changing environment across the country marked by budgetary challenges for public universities, declining enrollment, changing demographics and an aging population, the planning academy faces several internal and external challenges. In this session, panelists will share some ideas that emerged from the Administrator's conference that show the nature of these challenges, their similarities and differences across different parts of the world, and the kinds of strategies that have been adopted to address them.


  • Ed Feser, Provost, Oregon State University
  • Bruce Stiftel, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Heather Campbell, Sheffield University
  • Niraj Verma, Virginia Commonwealth University

Special Session

POCIG Roundtable

Saturday: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Lewis Mumford, in his seminal work The City in History, describes a historical duality of cities - they serve simultaneously as a sanctuary and a stronghold. While strongholds often connote safety, critics argue that the city in fact can have carceral qualities to it - the stronghold may double as a prison cell. The recent visibility of urban policing, police-involved killings, and immigration raids has surfaced the disparity in experience around urban safety and security. While planning often wields police powers in a far more subtle manner, planning serves as another form of policing which is often experienced disparately by race, income, gender, and nativity.

The victory enjoyed by Trump reflects a conservative popularism that sees punishment and a vigilant police force, as an unquestioning response to the perceived threat of people of color in inner cities. Containment and imprisonment, - punishment - become the requirements per Trump's political base and their ideology. For example, the White House immigration policy is founded on a social construction that demonizes the "other."

Planning will need to respond to this conservative temperament that affects the poor and minorities as programs such as affordable housing and even the "Wall" becomes the focus of the Trump Administration. This roundtable hosted by the ACSP Planners of Color Interest Group calls into question the role of planning in policing urban space, at a moment when the Trump administration policy calls into question the right to sanctuary, particularly in urban spaces.

Special Sessions

Local Host: Mobile Workshops

Friday: 1:30pm5:30pm

Get out of the hotel and see some of what Denver has to offer! There are opportunities to learn about history, culture, neighborhood revitalization case studies, public housing redevelopment, and Denver's perspective on marijuana, beer, and urban planning. Mobile Tour Details


PAB Program Administrator Orientation

Thursday: 4:15pm5:30pm

Special Session/Training

Preparing for the Job Market

Friday: 10:15am – 11:45am

Organized by the ACSP Student Governing Board Representatives.This workshop is geared towards doctoral students who are on the job market, will be applying soon, or are interested in learning about the job application and interview process. It features faculty who have been part of search committees and/or were recent job market candidates. The format is primarily focused on student interest, so come prepared with questions!

Moderator: C. Aujean Lee, PhD Candidate (UCLA)

Speakers: Erick Guerra, University of Pennsylvania; Mi Shih, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Carissa Slotterback, University of Minnesota; Ivis Garcia Zambrana (Univ. of Utah)

Training Workshop

Measuring and Assessing Student Learning Outcomes at the Program-Level

Friday: 3:15pm - 4:45pm

Provided by the ACSP Governing Board. For over a decade, assessment of student learning has been a focus in higher education. Accreditors, like PAB, require that programs define, measure, and assess what and how much students learn throughout their education. In this hands-on interactive session, we will discuss various methods for measuring student learning. We will use measurement examples from specific planning programs as well as ideas brought forward by session participants. In addition, we will examine assessment approaches and the types of curricular feedback that can improve student learning in the future. Participants in this session should leave with examples and strategies for measuring and assessing levels of student learning in their programs and ways for documenting and enhancing that learning.

This session is designed for planning program administrators and faculty involved in student learning assessment.

About the Speaker

Cheryl Contant has over 30 years of experience in urban and regional planning education and university administration. She has served as a member of PAB and visited many programs on accreditation site visits. In the past four years, Cheryl has been assisting PAB with their site visitor training programs, with particular attention toward student learning outcome assessment. Most recently, she has been consulting with Morgan State University's School of Architecture and Planning in the development of program-level student learning outcomes and devising efficient and effective ways to measure and assess those desired outcomes. Cheryl is providing this session, with the support of ACSP, as professional development for program administrators and planning faculty.

Training/Student Workshop - Publishing in Planning: Where and How?

Saturday: 8:00am – 9:30am

Organized by the ACSP Student Governing Board Representatives.

This workshop focuses on the decisions that planning researchers face in the publishing process. The format of the workshop will be largely interactive with a panel of faculty—some of whom are current/former editors—to share valuable tips and insights and answer questions.

Topics of discussion will include: journal selection, publishing expectations of doctoral students, editorial interaction and revision process, web presence of one’s publications, publishing a paper from the thesis/dissertation, and the merits of the various types of publication (e.g. peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, book chapters).


  • WOLFE, Mary [UNC-Chapel Hill] mkwolfe@unc.edu, moderator
  • LEIGH, Nancey Green [Georgia Institute of Technology[ ngleigh@design.gatech.edu
  • BENDOR, Todd [University of North Carolina] bendor@unc.edu
  • HOLMES, Tisha [Florida State University] ttholmes@fsu.edu
  • BOARNET, Marlon [University of Southern California] boarnet@usc.edu



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  • 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.


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