Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

James J. Stukel Professorship Program

James J. StukelAs chancellor of UIC in the early 1990's, James Stukel conceived what is now known as the Great Cities Commitment and Great Cities Institute (GCI). As president, he expanded and encouraged the notion of engagement as a positive obligation for the whole University. In 1993 he appointed the Great Cities Advisory Committee to develop the Great Cities concept and initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This initiative sought to improve the quality of lie in Chicago through teaching, research, and service.

"UIC has a responsibility and a unique opportunity to contribute to the well-being of Chicago and other metropolitan areas worldwide." - James J. Stukel, UIC Chancellor 1995-2005

In honor of James Stukel, the 15th president of the University of Illinois system (1995-2005), GCI is committed to sustaining and carrying on his Great Cities vision through the James J. Stukel Professorship. This program is one of scholarship, seminars, research grant formation and active forums on the future of the 21st century urban university as a contributing anchor of globalization and great cities.

The James J. Stukel Professorship represents the important contributions of James Stukel in founding GCI and setting all public research universities on the road to becoming truly engaged research institutions. GCI and the Great Cities Commitment stand as signature elements of UIC and will serve as a lasting contribution of President Stukel to the intellectual and institutional identity of the university.

The James J. Stukel Professorship Program

This year-long professorship is focused on the role of higher education in the growth, development, and history of cities. Awardees come from all different disciplines and are expected to make a significant intellectual contribution (including publication) to the UIC Great Cities Commitment. This prestigious award is targeted toward senior academics at UIC and outside of UIC who have an international profile in the field of engaged urban research.

2009-10 James J. Stukel Professor
Michele Kelley, Sc.D., M.S.W., M.A., A.C.S.W.
Associate Professor, Community Health Services
School of Public Health
Maternal and Child Health Program
University of Illinois at Chicago

2008-09 James J. Stukel Professor
Frank Gaffikin
Director, Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning
Professor of Spatial Planning
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Queen's University
Belfast, Northern Ireland