Chuck Connerly joined the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning in 2008 as professor and director. His research has been published in top journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of Planning Literature, Journal of Urban History, Journal of Planning History, Housing Studies, and Urban Affairs Quarterly.
Connerly's book, "The Most Segregated City in America: City Planning and Civil Rights in Birmingham, 1920–1980," 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.
Connerly's current project is a book, "Prairie State Sustainability;" an assessment of Iowa's sustainability challenges and responses, and which builds on Connerly's work with the community engagement initiative of which he is the principal founder, the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities. In 2015, he received the Michael J. Brody award for faculty service presented by the UI Faculty Senate and the UI Provost's Office.