Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Professor Lapping taught Introduction to Community Planning, Planning History and Theory, Foundations of Public Policy and Management, Intellectual Foundations of Public Policy, and Food Systems Planning and Policy. A planner by profession, Lapping was Founding Dean of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University prior to joining USM. He also has held leadership posts at the University of Guelph (Ontario), where he founded the School of Rural Planning and Development, and Kansas State University, where he served as Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design. Author of several books that are "best-sellers" in planning, he also has written well over 150 articles and monographs, and has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Rural Studies, Agriculture and Human Value, and the Journal of Planning Research and Education. He acted as the Interim President of Unity College for the Academic Year of 2005-06 and served as USM's provost from 1994-2000 and 2007-2009. Dr. Lapping has worked on environmental and food/agricultural issues as a consultant for a number of federal, state/provincial, and local governments across the United States and Canada, and also in Scandinavia, Finland, Estonia and in several other nations. He acted as the Interim President of Unity College for the Academic Year of 2005-06 and served as USM's provost from 1994-2000 and 2007-2009.
- Emory University, Ph.D., 1972
- State University of New York, New Paltz, B.S., 1967
Community and rural planning and development; regional and local economic development; natural resources policy and economics; social capital; democratization; food systems planning and policy.
"A New England Food Vision", Report, 2014
"Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community", Book Chapter, 2015
"Changing Times: Shifting Rural Landscapes", Journal Article, 2014
"Rural Planning in the United States: Fragmentation, Conflict, and Slow Progress", Book Chapter. 2013
"Sanctified Landscapes: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909 [Book Review]", Journal Article, 2013
"The Maine Food Strategy 2014 Consumer Survey Report", Report, 2014
"The USA. [Policy and Plans for Rural People: An International Perspective]", Book Chapter, 2013