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47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Jose W. Melendez

University of Illinois, Chicago
Postdoc in Teaching and Mentoring
Chicago, IL
José W. Meléndez received his doctorate from the Learning Sciences program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), with a co-discipline in Urban Planning and Policy. His research focuses on the interrelation between the environment, participants, and language and how each of these components works to facilitate civic education and learning in democratic activity. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Meléndez’ novel use of qualitative methods in his research pushes the boundaries of theory and concept building in the areas of civic engagement, learning, and participation.

Dr. Meléndez’ current work and research is influenced by his previous work and scholarly experiences, seeking to combine theoretical and practical solutions for community development settings. Dr. Meléndez received his B.A. from Oberlin College and his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from UIC. He has worked in the public health and education sectors in Washington, DC and Chicago.

In his position as a Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Meléndez teaches freshman core classes and & advanced seminars, in addition to providing general academic and Honors Capstone advising. Lastly, Dr. Meléndez is the Co-Director of the Chicago Signature Honors Programming initiative, which involves developing and leading cultural enrichment programming.