Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan, 1980
Connerly joined the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning in 2008 as professor and director. He founded the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities in 2009, and is the Faculty Director of the initiative.
Connerly's research has been published in top journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, the Journal of Planning Literature, Housing Studies, the Journal of Urban History, and Urban Affairs Quarterly. 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) and most recently co-edited Growth Management in Florida: Planning for Paradise, published by Ashgate Publishing in 2007. The Most Segregated City was named one of the top 10 planning books in 2006 by Planetizen.
He 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 Connerly's work with the IISC.