Deborah Tootle PhD
Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning
Extension Specialist, Community and Regional Planning
Community and Regional Planning Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011
Office: 286 College of Design
Ph.D. Sociology, University of Georgia, 1989.
M.A. Sociology, Tulane University, 1986.
B.S. Animal Science, Louisiana State University, 1974.
I am an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University. My doctorate is in Rural Sociology. My applied research and outreach focuses primarily on the role of social infrastructure in rural community engagement, development and resilience. I am a proponent of integrated research and outreach projects and collaborate with diverse stakeholders and colleagues from multiple disciplines. Over the past few years my work has addressed issues relating to community resilience and how rural communities can adapt to shocks caused by natural disasters and socioeconomic downturns.