Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

James J. Stukel Professor Special Event

"The Significance of Extra-Researcher Roles and Commitment in Engaged Scholarship"

Michele Kelley, James J. Stukel Professor (09-10) Michele Kelley picture of the Great Cities Institute and
Associate Professor in the UIC School of Public Health.
with Respondent: Professor José E. López, Executive Director,
Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC).

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 1:00 - 2:30pm at the Great Cities Institute


The concept of researcher roles outside of activities directly related to study objectives is underdeveloped, yet ostensibly important in collaborative research with community partners. Likewise, the meaning of researcher commitment to community goals in addition to achieving research objectives is also less understood. Professors Kelley and Lopez will review how these two dimensions of researcher- community relationship are discussed in the literature and offer examples from their own work that can inform how relational dynamics in Community-Based Participatory Research potentially influence research process and outcomes. Implications for redefining collaborative research outcomes to include community capacity and development, as well as for preparing a new generation of engaged scholars will be discussed.  

Speaker Biography

Michele Kelley, MsD, MSW, MA is a social worker by training with a research degree in public health. Her research and teaching interests include youth as active agents in community health improvement, collaborative and action inquiry with youth and communities, community collective efficacy for health, and youth social connectedness as a protective factor.
She is James J. Stukel Professor (09-10) of the Great Cities Institute and Associate Professor in the UIC School of Public Health.

José López is an expert in Latin American history and culture and teaches at UIC and at area universities and colleges. For over 30 years, he has directed the PRCC and contributed to the development and well-being of the Puerto Rican community in Humboldt Park, the Chicago metro area and beyond. He co-founded the nationally acclaimed Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School. More recently, he is Co-Principal Investigator of a grant from the National Institutes of Health, whereby cultural assets and community building are combined with other public health strategies to prevent and control diabetes.

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