Deborah Howe is a Professor in the Department of Community and Regional Planning. Dr. Howe was appointed Chair of the CRP department in 2006 and served in that capacity until June 2015 when she took a leave of absence to serve as Interim President of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine where she has served on the Board of Trustees since 1998. She was previously a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. She was a planner, grants coordinator, and community development director in Dutchess County, New York where she administered over $6 million of Community Development funding.
Her current research and professional interests include affordable housing alternatives, community planning for aging, commercial land use patterns, and the Oregon land use system. She has worked with community development corporations in Oregon and New York in developing affordable housing and served on Portland’s Housing Advisory Committee. She has a particular interest in and published papers about the role of accessory apartments in providing housing choices.
In the late 1980s Dr. Howe directed an Administration on Aging grant which involved developing and testing training materials directed to community planners and local policy makers to raise awareness about the importance of planning for an aging society and creating aging sensitive communities.She has been publishing and giving presentations on this topic ever since including the recent completion of two book chapters.
Her interests in the Oregon planning system led to co-editing Planning the Oregon Way: A Twenty Year Evaluation (Oregon State University Press, 1994) and papers published in Housing Policy Debate, the Journal of the American Planning Association, and The Portland Edge (C. Ozawa, ed., Island Press, 2004).
Dr. Howe has played a leadership role and organized national conferences for the American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). She co-founded the Faculty Women's Interest Group and chaired the Global Perspectives Committee for ACSP. She has also chaired and participated on numerous site visit teams for the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).
In 2005, she was recognized by the Oregon Chapter of American Planning Association for exemplary service in her six year term as the lead co-editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association the premier journal in the field of planning. She also served as the President of the Oregon chapter in the mid-1990s. In 2000, Dr. Howe was inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in recognition of her contributions to planning education.
Dr. Howe holds a BS in Resources Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, where she was salutatorian and graduated summa cum laude; an MS in Natural Resources from the Environmental Advocacy Program at the University of Michigan; and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan.