Zenia Kotval, Ph.D., FAICP
ACSP Planning Educator appointee (2015-2021)
Zenia Kotval, FAICP, is a professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University. She regularly teaches courses in economic development, planning methods and planning practicum. Dr. Kotval’s scholarship interests are in community-based development, economic policy and planning, the changing structure and characteristics of local economies, and the impacts of community development strategies. With a strong, structured research, teaching and engagement agenda, she focuses on linking theory and practice with a special emphasis on local economic development, industrial restructuring and urban revitalization. As Director of MSU Extension’s Urban Collaborators, Dr. Kotval’s service continues to be dedicated to making academic and professional expertise available to meet the needs of Michigan’s core cities. Throughout her years at MSU, she has integrated the world scale and the land grant mission into her scholarship.
Dr. Kotval holds a MURP and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. She is the co-editor of Financing Economic Development in the 21st Century (ME Sharpe 2012) and co-author of Business Retention and Attraction (ICMA press 1996). Dr. Kotval has published over 100 works and is an internationally-recognized expert on economic development and community engagement, speaking frequently at national and international venues. Dr. Kotval also has been involved with the American Planning Association, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and the Associated European Schools of Planning for nearly two decades. She is both a Fulbright Fellow and a Lilly Teaching Fellow.