Dr. Charles Connerly joined the University of Iowa planning program in 2008 as professor and director. His research has been published in top journals, and he authored a book published by the University of Virginia Press, The Most Segregated City in America: City Planning and Civil Rights in Birmingham, 1920-1980 (2005). Most recently, he co-edited Growth Management in Florida: Planning for Paradise (2007). The Most Segregated City was named one of the top 10 planning books in 2006 by Planetizen. In 2007 the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning named the book a recipient of the Paul Davidoff Award, which recognizes an outstanding book publication promoting participatory planning and positive social change, opposing poverty and racism as factors in society and seeking ways to reduce disparities between rich and poor; white and black; men and women. For five years he co-edited the Journal of Planning Education and Research and for nine years he co-edited Housing Studies.
Dr. Connerly taught urban planning at Florida State University from 1981 through 2008 and from 1998 through 2008 served as chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. In 2011, Chuck began a two year term as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the national learned society of planning schools, faculty, and students in the US. His current research is an assessment (part history, part contemporary analysis) of Iowa's community efforts at promoting sustainability and builds on his work with the community engagement initiative that he co-founded, the UI Iowa Initative for Sustainable Communities.