Sam Whalen

Director of Research

Samuel P. Whalen joined the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago in September 2003, where he is now Director of Research in the Center for Urban Education Leadership. He received his PhD from the Department of Education at the University of Chicago in 1993. Before joining UIC, Dr. Whalen was a Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall Center for Children, Research Director at the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University, and Research Assistant Professor in Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.

His areas of expertise include school leadership preparation, high school reform, school-community partnerships, youth development and program evaluation. In August 2008, he concluded a major evaluation of the Chicago Public School’s Community Schools Initiative, an ambitious project that established community schooling practices in more than 100 inner-city Chicago public schools.

He is the author of numerous articles and reports. With Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Kevin Rathunde, he is co-author of Talented Teenagers: The Roots of Success and Failure. Whalen is the 1994 recipient of the Social Policy Book Award from the Society for Research in Adolescence.