Faculty & Staff

Jerry Anthony
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning
Florida State University 2000
Areas of interest: Land Use Planning, Housing Policy, Growth Management

My major areas of research interest are: a) housing and community development issues - in particular federal, state and local housing policies and the development of affordable housing; b) growth management, where I am concerned about the benefits and costs of growth management policies and their distribution across different income populations; and c) land, infrastructure and housing market issues in developing countries especially those of South Asia and Latin America. In addition, I am interested in built-form and urban design issues. My teaching interests have much in common with my research interests.

Janet  Bell
Career Services Coordinator
B.A. Business
Muskingum University

My main focus in the School of Urban and Regional Planning is supporting our graduate students with career assistance. If you are an employer or alum who would like our students to know about an entry level job or internship, please email the information and I will be happy to post it.

I enjoy the different aspects of my job and the people I assist, whether it be students, faculty, or alumni. My professional experience includes working at the University of Iowa on both the academic and medical sides, which has given me extensive knowledge of the University and the Iowa City community. In 2007 I received the university's certificate for completion of the Building Our Global Community program, giving me advanced knowledge of the needs of international students and how to best support them. I enjoy interacting with our international students, learning about their cultures and serving as a community resource for them.

Professor and Director
Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning
University of Michigan 1980
Areas of interest: Community Development, Urban Planning History, Civil Rights and Urban Planning

Chuck Connerly joined the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning in 2008 as professor and director. His research has been published in top journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, the Journal of Planning LiteratureHousing Studies, the Journal of Urban History, the Journal of Planning History, and Urban Affairs Quarterly. He authored a book published by the University of Virginia Press, The Most Segregated City in America: City Planning and Civil Rights in Birmingham, 1920-1980 (2005) and most recently co-edited Growth Management in Florida: Planning for Paradise, published by Ashgate Publishing in 2007.

The Most Segregated City was named one of the top 10 planning books in 2006 by Planetizen. In 2007 the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning named the book a recipient of the Paul Davidoff Award, which recognizes an outstanding book publication promoting participatory planning and positive social change, opposing poverty and racism as factors in society and seeking ways to reduce disparities between rich and poor; white and black; men and women. For five years he co-edited the Journal of Planning Education and Research and for nine years he co-edited Housing Studies.

In 2011-2013, Chuck served as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the national learned society of planning schools, faculty, and students in the US. His current project is a book, Prairie State Sustainability, which is an assessment (part history, part contemporary analysis) of Iowa's sustainability challenges and responses, and which builds on Connerly's work with the community engagement initiative of which he is the principal founder, the UI Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (http://iisc.uiowa.edu/). In 2015, he received the Michael J. Brody award for faculty service presented by the University of Iowa Faculty Senate and the UI Provost's Office

Bart Cramer
Bart  Cramer
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Economic Geography
University of Iowa 2007
Areas of interest: Transportation Economics and Planning, Livable Cities, GIS applications

After a career in exploration with a major international oil company, I returned to academia and completed a Ph.D. in transportation / economic geography, examining the rejuvenation of the North American freight rail industry. I have lived in a number of US cities and also lived and traveled in Western Europe, as well as making business and pleasure trips to Canada (see photo), Mexico, Madagascar and Bolivia. In my teaching I am able to draw on my experiences with a wide variety of developing and developed country conditions, and on varying location and culture-dependent approaches to transportation, energy, and other planning issues.

Administrative Services Coordinator
B.A. Accounting & Business Administration
Javeriana University (Colombia)

As the Administrative Services Coordinator for the School of Urban and Regional Planning, my main role is to serve as the first point of contact and program liaison for the Director, faculty, staff, students, alumni and the public in general, and provide administrative support wherever it is needed. I have a B.A in Accounting & Business Administration and my professional experience includes the nonprofit field with emphasis in healthcare, as well as, fundraising, friend-raising and foundation work. I am happy to be a part of the SURP team and the University of Iowa, as I enjoy interacting with people of different ages, backgrounds and cultures.

Peter Fisher
Peter Fisher
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Economics
University of Wisconsin 1978
Areas of interest: Public Policy Economics, State and Local Economic Development Policy, Poverty and Social Policy, Infrastructure Finance

All of my teaching and research activities share a common foundation in public sector economics and urban economics. My core course Economics for Policy Analysis I is intended to provide those same foundations to planning students. My recent research has focused on critical appraisals of the use of tax incentives as an economic development tool, particularly in enterprise zones; this has complemented my teaching in the area of development finance.A second major interest of mine is how the market system generates income inequality, and how state and local public policies and planning activities are shaped by, and in turn aggravate or alleviate, the problems of poverty and the fragmentation of metropolitan areas by income and race. These issues are a central focus of my course Poverty, Planning and Public Policy. I also believe that students need a solid grounding in analytical techniques. Major portions of my elective courses Community Development Finance and Financing Local Government are devoted to techniques of financial analysis applied to financing businesses in low-income neighborhoods or to problems in financing or pricing urban infrastructure.

John Fuller
Professor, Associate Chair, and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. Economics
Washington State University 1968
Areas of interest: Transportation Planning

The focus of my teaching and research has been transportation planning. I acquired over a decade of practical experience following the completion of my Ph.D., working in the Planning Division of a state Department of Transportation, and as the deputy executive director for the National Transportation Policy Study Commission. With my experience in producing transport plans, I teach a graduate course on how to develop transportation plans. In Transportation Planning Process, students analyze and evaluate actual air, rail, highway and urban plans and determine what is required to improve current plans. The Transportation Program Seminar Series allows students to explore current topics of interest in transportation.

I have recently been involved with the development of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a US Department of Transportation bureau which makes accessible a variety of information needed to improve transportation planning and policy making. My international interests include lecturing and grant affiliations in Venezuela, and consulting with Venezuela's ministry and metro rail system. A current focus has been cross-national comparison of transport information, and I am now working on reports covering transportation in Canada, Mexico and Japan.

Bob Gassman
Adjunct Lecturer
M.Arch. Architecture
Iowa State University 2009
Areas of interest: Graphic Communication

Bob is a lifelong Iowa resident who moved to Iowa City in 2009 to join Neumann Monson Architects. Trained as an architect, Bob maintains a broad knowledge of art and design, and practices as a multi-disciplinary designer. While at Neumann Monson, Bob has contributed to a variety of local projects, such as: The University of Iowa West Campus Transportation Facility, The University of Iowa School of Music, Park@201 mixed-use building and the Packing House in downtown Iowa City, Dubuque Intermodal Campus, and the Ames Intermodal Transportation Facility. In 2008, Bob and his partner Shannon founded zzGassman Design Workshop. Together they have completed graphic and web design projects for: The Berklee College of Music, Draft Journal, Defunct Magazine, Iowa Architect Magazine, and Tombo Studio. Bob has been teaching an array of design courses since 2006. With interests that range from film to music, art to architecture, and planning to product design, his courses reveal that design has a profound impact on the lives of every living thing. From the buttons on our shirts, to the foods that we eat, to the road signs we pass by daily, design is everywhere and may be the single greatest factor that influences the quality of our lives and our world.

Rick Havel
Adjunct Lecturer
M.S. Resource Planning
Southwest Missouri State University 1993
Areas of interest: Applied GIS

Teaching courses on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has provided the opportunity to share my experiences as GIS Coordinator for Johnson County, Iowa with students. GIS in Local Government and Geodatabases and GIS provide students with a good overview to what is capable with geospatial technology. We discuss current trends in the industry, design and build geodatabases, create web based maps, construct data from legal descriptions and plat maps, and much more. GIS has become an important tool in local government for land records management, zoning, property assessment, and emergency response. I started using GIS in 1991 during graduate school. Since then I have witnessed the growth of this technology through all levels of government as well as the private industry. It is an exciting field to be involved in and I look forward to what is yet to come!

Professor
Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2001
Areas of interest: The interactions between urban populations and their environments, The implementation of local environmental plans, Public participation, The linkages between planning and public health

Lucie studies the effects of toxic sites on local populations and the participation of citizens in environmental planning decision-making processes. Some of her previous research, funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, focused on the effects of Superfund sites on the communities surrounding them. She now works on the evaluation of Community Advisory Boards as participatory mechanisms used for the cleanup of toxic sites.

Since 1998, she has been involved in a New Zealand-based research project on environmental planning processes. The project, titled "Planning Under a Cooperative Mandate," focuses on the implementation of local environmental plans with regard to water quality, urban design, and citizen participation in the planning process. Dr. Laurian is involved in research about the interactions between the planning and public health disciplines. She teaches a "Healthy Cities" class focused on environmental planning and health.

Admissions Coordinator
M.S. Higher Education Administration
University of Kansas 2011

As the Admissions Coordinator for the School of Urban and Regional Planning, my role is to recruit, inform, and counsel prospective students on the program and to assist them with the application process. I am an alumna of the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History. I also have a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas where I worked with student organizations and leadership programs. My professional background is primarily in higher education fundraising and alumni engagement. Additionally, I advise a student organization on campus and serve on the board of directors for a local nonprofit.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Public Administration
Syracuse University 2010
Areas of interest: Public Finance, Public Policy

My research interests are in public finance and public policy in various sectors including education, health and transportation in the United States and Vietnam. Recent research has included the fiscal effects of property tax limit repeal and budget referendums on school spending, education finance reform, school quality capitalization, and the benefits and costs of paratransit. In my teaching, I expect students to be active members in all class activities.

Haifeng Qian
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Public Policy
George Mason University 2010
Areas of interest: Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Public Policy Analysis

Dr. Haifeng Qian joined the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa in August 2014 as an assistant professor. His areas of expertise include regional and local economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation, and public policy analysis. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Annals of Regional Science, Economic Development Quarterly, Environment and Planning A, Growth and Change, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Technology Transfer, Regional Science Policy & Practice, Regional Studies, Small Business Economics, and Urban Studies. Dr. Qian was a winner of the Charles M. Tiebout Prize in Regional Science. His recent research has been supported by the Regional Studies Association and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He currently serves as an editor of Small Business Economics (a Springer journal), an associate editor of Economic Development Quarterly (a Sage journal), and an associate editor of Regional Studies, Regional Science (a Taylor & Francis journal).

Jeff Schott
Jeff  Schott
Adjunct Lecturer
M.A. Political Science
University of Iowa
Areas of interest: Planning and City Administration

Schott is the Director of the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Iowa. In this capacity, he is responsible for delivery of the Institute of Public Affairs organizational improvement programs to local government elected officials and staff, including: Strategic Planning and Goal Setting, Educational Programs and Information, Professional Development, Public Management Assistance, and Information and Publications.

From 1987–2006, Schott was City Manager for the City of Marion, Iowa, with extensive experience in general administration, budget/finance, human resource management, facilities planning and development, intergovernmental relations, and strategic planning. Schott served as Vice President for Economic development with the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Area Chamber of Commerce from 1986–87. He was also Community Development Director for the City of Marion, Iowa, from 1977–86, Planning Coordinator/Assistant Community Development Director for the City of Muscatine, Iowa from 1975–77, and Comprehensive Planning Coordinator for the City of Utica, New York from 1974–75.

Jim Schwab
Adjunct Lecturer
M.A. Urban and Regional Planning and Journalism
University of Iowa 1985
Areas of interest: Natural Hazards and Disaster Recovery

Jim Schwab, FAICP, serves as the manager of the American Planning Association's Hazards Planning Center. He is also co-editor of a monthly publication, Zoning Practice. He has increasingly carved out a niche as an expert on natural hazards and disaster recovery over the last 20 years. Jim served as the primary author and principal investigator for Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Redevelopment (PAS Report No. 483/484, 1998), which APA produced under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. APA has now produced a new version, Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation, (PAS Report No. 576, 2014). He also led another FEMA supported APA project, Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning (PAS Report No. 560, 2010). He is currently leading two NOAA-funded projects for APA related to the integration of climate change data into comprehensive plans and capital improvements programming.

He has been the sole author of two other PAS Reports, Industrial Performance Standards for a New Century (No. 444, 1993) and Planning and Zoning for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (No. 482, 1998). With Stuart Meck, he co-authored Planning for Wildfires (PAS Report No. 529/530, 2005). With Stuart Meck and Rebecca Retzlaff, he co-authored Regional Approaches to Affordable Housing (No. 513/514, 2003). He was also the principal investigator and primary author of Tribal Transportation Programs, a 2007 report produced for the Transportation Research Board. He was the project manager and general editor for Planning the Urban Forest: Ecology, Economy, and Community Development, released in January 2009. In addition, he has worked on hazards and disaster recovery issues in the Dominican Republic and Sri Lanka, spoken in Taiwan and Italy, and was a Visiting Fellow in 2008 for the Centre for Advanced Engineering in New Zealand.

Jim is also the author of two books. The first, Raising Less Corn and More Hell: Midwestern Farmers Speak Out, was published in 1988 by the University of Illinois Press. The second, Deeper Shades of Green: The Rise of Blue-Collar and Minority Environmentalism in America, was released by Sierra Club Books in 1994. He is planning a book about the 1993 and 2008 Midwest floods. He maintains a website and blog at www.jimschwab.com.

Jim is an alumnus of the University of Iowa (1985), with M.A.s in both Journalism and Urban and Regional Planning, and has a B.A. in Political Science from Cleveland State University (1973).

Scott Spak
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison 2009
Areas of interest: City Planning for Environment Climate and Energy, Urban-Scale City and Environment Modeling

Scott's research and teaching focus on understanding how urban human and environmental systems respond to changes in technology, policy, land use, and society. He teaches courses on environmental policy, megacities and dynamic systems modeling. Scott uses coupled Earth and human systems models at urban and regional scales to provide actionable forecasts, evaluate sustainable development strategies and inform policies that address the interconnected nature of energy, economic, and environmental issues. He works with local, state, and national agencies to implement integrated environmental forecasting systems and embed them in policies and planning.

Full C.V.

Steven Spears
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Planning, Policy & Design
University of California, Irvine 2013
Areas of interest: Transportation Planning, Travel Behavior, Active Living, Applied GIS

My current research focuses on understanding how attitudes, perceptions, and habits affect transportation choices, and how these psychological factors interact with urban design to influence travel behavior and physical activity. I am particularly interested in how travel and residential location preferences evolve over time, and how they respond to changes in the built environment, life stage, and social support.

Since 2011, I have collaborated on the Neighborhood Travel and Activity Study (NTAS). The NTAS is the first experimental-control longitudinal study of a major transportation investment in California, and one of very few evaluations of this type conducted nationwide. It examines travel behavior dynamics and physical activity change associated with the opening of the Exposition light rail line in a largely low-income, minority community in south Los Angeles.

Dan Swartzendruber
Dan Swartzendruber
Adjunct Lecturer
M.A. Urban and Regional Planning
University of Iowa 2000
Areas of interest: Applied GIS

I have spent more than 15 years working as a professional Planner for local governments. After graduating from the URP program at Iowa, I worked for Johnson County, Iowa as an Assistant Planner for 7 years, followed by approximately 9 years as the Planning Division Manager for Linn County, Iowa. I'm currently back with Johnson County in the GIS Division of the IT Department. Moving from planning back to a GIS-centric position has allowed me to follow a career path that originally attracted me to the URP program and also allows me to delve more extensively into the world of GIS. In my current position, I am involved with various GIS analysis projects and data development for a wide range of county departments and stakeholders. My hope is that by integrating relevant planning and GIS experiences into the course I co-teach with Rick Havel, we might better prepare students in their future careers.

David Swenson
David  Swenson
Adjunct Lecturer and Research Scientist (ISU)
M.S. Urban and Regional Planning
University of Iowa 1985
Areas of interest: Economic Impact Assessment

I am a regional scientist in the department of economics and an adjunct assistant professor in community and regional planning at Iowa State University. My research focus is in regional economic analysis, community economics education, and the consequence of economic and social change. I conduct many regional economic assessments annually, which include industrial and fiscal impact studies associated with firm growth or decline, and I directly consult with or provide technical assistance to state and local government agencies and to other public associations. As an instructor, I teach a values and decision making course at Iowa State University, and economic impact analysis at the University of Iowa.

Jim Throgmorton
Jim  Throgmorton
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning
University of California LA 1983
Areas of interest: Planning theory, persuasive storytelling, and the rhetorics of planning practice, Planning for sustainable places, History of urban and regional planning, Innovative approaches to resolving conflicts

In my courses and research, I have sought to construct and articulate persuasive visions of what might constitute a just and sustainable future for cities and regions. I have also sought to teach practical and politically-astute ways to understand, address, and potentially resolve the conflicts which inevitably occur when visions conflict. When discussing conflict and its potential resolution through argumentation, negotiation, mediation, and collaborative processes, I drew heavily on my own diverse practical experiences. These included being a planner, a consultant, a researcher, an elected city councilman, and a human rights and environmental advocate.

Conceiving of planning as a process that is simultaneously political and technical, I encouraged students to read and listen actively; that is, to discern how particular planning-related arguments are constructed, how those arguments are linked to larger narratives, and how those narratives often tend to obscure or ignore the potential merits of other arguments and narratives. Given the planner's need to act within a context of differing interests and perspectives, I also taught students how to argue persuasively in the face of questions and counter-claims. To teach these skills well, I found it important to conduct most of my classes as a dialogue between the readings, the students, and myself.

Although I no longer will be teaching in the classroom, I expect to practice what I have taught by working on important issues facing the people of Iowa City, Iowa and the United States.