Paula Allen-Meares joined the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Jan. 16, 2009 as Chancellor and John Corbally Presidential Professor.
Chancellor Allen-Meares is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, the Royal Academy of Medicine, and is a trustee of the New York Academy of Medicine. She was appointed Chair of Section X of the IOM in July 2009 and is a member of the Sarnat Prize Selection Committee for two seasons, 2010 and 2011.
At the University of Michigan she was principal investigator of the Global Program on Youth, an initiative supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and co-PI of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Research Center on Poverty, Risk and Mental Health.
She is currently the principal investigator of the Skillman Good Neighborhoods Grant.
Dr. Allen-Meares has over 140 publications and several books, including the recently released "Cross Cultural Research," (Oxford Press).
Since joining UIC, Allen-Meares has become active as a Board Member of the Civic Consulting Alliance, as a member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Equity, and as a board member of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities.
UIC is Chicago's largest university and a major academic research center. UIC has 26,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students; 12,000 faculty and staff, making it one of Chicago’s 20 largest employers; a budget of $1.7 billion; and 15 colleges, including the nation’s largest college of medicine. UIC also operates the state’s major public medical center and regional health sciences campuses in Peoria, Rockford and Urbana-Champaign.
The Chancellor serves as the executive officer of UIC and reports to the President of the University of Illinois, a system that also includes campuses at Urbana-Champaign and Springfield.