Marissa Salas

PhD Student of Digital Media

Unviersity of Central Florida


Marissa is a student of digital media and humanities at UCF’s Text & Technology PhD Program. Her research interests include digital cutlure, autonomous vehicle technologies, programming and digital ethics.


  • PhD Student in Digial Media, expected 2023

    University of Central Florida

  • MSP Urban and Regional Planning, 1999

    Florida State University

  • BS in Interdicplinary Social Science, 1997

    Florida State University



Teaching: University & K-12 Education

Jan 1999 – Jan 2014
  • Seminar: Planner’s Experience, Urban Knights Planning Association, University of Central Florida, FL. (2014)
  • Seminar: Geography at Work (12th), Windermere Preparatory School, Windermere, FL. (2005)
  • Seminar: Health Education (9-12), Keystone Preparatory, New Port Richey, FL. (2004)
  • Seminar: Culinary Arts (9-12), Keystone Preparatory, New Port Richey, FL. (2004)
  • Teacher: Fair Housing and Civics: A Play. (9-12), Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Cambridge, MA. (2003)
  • Adjunct, Introduction to Human Geography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. (1999)

Work Experience

Jan 1998 – Jan 2019
  • Principle of Marissa Salas Consulting, Orlando, FL. (2007 - present)
  • Planner, Community Development Department, City of Largo, FL. (2008)
  • Senior Project Director, Lopez & Cheung, Inc., Seattle, WA. (2002 - 2007)
  • Software Test Manager, GIS Analyst, Geonetics, Inc., Boston, MA. (1999 - 2002)
  • Adjunct, Introduction to Human Geography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. (1999)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, 1998 - 1999, Planning Department, FSU
  • Graduate Research Assistant, 1998, Geography Department, FSU

Teaching: Professional and Civic

Jan 1995 – Jan 2007
  • Online Trainer: GIS & Social Science Research Trainer, Lopez & Cheung, LLC, Seattle, WA (2002 - 2007)
  • Trainer: GIS & Work Management System Trainer, National Grid, Boston, MA (1999 - 2002)
  • Trainer, Civic engagement and leadership, Statewide, FL (2012 - 2018)
  • Trainer, Crisis Hotline Counselor, TCRS, Tallahassee, FL (1995 - 1997)
  • Trainer, Epidemiology HIV/AIDS Florida Hotline Counselor, TCRS, Tallahassee, FL (1995 - 1997)

Featured Publications

Research IRB Approved

Research Assistant, Dr. Joel Schneier, Co-P.I., Dr. Michelle Taub, P.I. and Dr. Angela Rounsaville, Co-P.I. (2020). Metacognition, Emotion, and Writing: to investigate metacognitive awareness and strategies of self-regulation during writing.

Research Assistant, Doan, P. L. (P.I.), chapters. (2011). Queerying Planning: Challenging Heteronormative Assumptions and Reframing Planning Practice. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Research Assistant, Ruiz, M. (1999), ‘Using Trip Diaries to Improve Real-time Geocoding’, GeoSpatial Information & Technology Association Conference, Chicago, IL., Aurora, CO.

Salas, M. Map Research. Mapping hazards, Martin, S., Environmental hazard perception: Taylor County’s Dilemma, University Press of Florida, 1999.


Salas, M. Researcher, (2006). Data Analysis for Fair Housing Enforcement. National Fair Housing Alliance. Retrieved from https://nationalfairhousing.org/case-settlement-information/

Cheung, G.K. & Salas, M. Co-Researcher, (2006). Data Analysis for Voter Engagement. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund. Retrieved from https://naleo.org/mobilize-latinos/

Cheung, G.K. & Salas, M. Co-Researcher, (2005). Survey and Focus Group Research. Committee to End Homelessness King County, WA. funded by The United Way of King Co. WA. Retrieved from https://www.uwkc.org/fighting-homelessness/

Cheung, G.K. & Salas, M. Co-Researcher, (2005). A Report on Surname Database Analysis. National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development. Retrieved from https://www.nationalcapacd.org/data-research/

Cheung, G.K. & Salas, M. Co-Researcher, (2004). Property Insurance Company’s Redlining: Map Analysis. Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance. Retrieved from https://mahahome.org/our-accomplishments.

Salas, M. Data Research Project Manager, Dang, A., & Fraser, S. (2004). Same-sex Couple Households in the United States: A Report from the 2000 Census. Retrieved from https://www.thetaskforce.org.

Salas, M. Co-Researcher. Capstone (1999). Benefit-Cost Analysis for Bay County Local Hazard Mitigation Strategy.