Andrew M. Isserman Papers, 1973-2010
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Brief Description:

Andrew M. Isserman (1947-2010), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Pofessor of Urban and Regional Planning (1973-1981 and 1998-2010), is recognized for his research in demography, employment growth, public and state planning policy, Appalachian highway studies, and for his work in early international collaboration in urban and regional planning.

Papers include early career and personal documents; professional correspondence; conference materials and talks, American Statistical Association (ASA) Census Project research and lecture notes; population forecasting research; studies of commercial activity in Champaign County; and Illinois air pollution control reports from his employment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1973-1981. Papers also include ASA international conference materials; United States Forest Service reports and project notes; population projections lecture notes; the ECESIS economic-demographic model presentation notes; and other research projects from his employment at the University of Iowa from 1981-1985. Additional materials consist of Appalachian highway studies; coal regions of the world international research project; US Economic Development Association manufacture growth research; immigration impact studies; Mountain Association for Community Economics (MACED) questionnaires;  National Science Foundation proposals; professional correspondence; and regional economic model research from his employment at West Virginia University from 1985-1998. Further materials include Isserman's research on rural development; Biotechnology Bootstrap project; US Department of Agriculture rural property; rural literature review, professional correspondence, and conference materials from his employment at UIUC from 1998-2010.

Papers also include syllabi and lecture notes from Isserman's courses and his publications concerning population and employment growth, rural policy and prosperity, Appalachia highway studies, US economic development policy, federal approach to defining urban and rural places, and the regional impact of federal programs and spending. The Andrew Isserman Papers contains significant materials on the International Regional Science Review, and early international conferences on urban and regional planning.

Arrangement: Series 1: Career and Personal Documents, Series 2: Employment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1973-1981, Series 3: Employment at the University of Iowa, 1981-1985, Series 4: Employment at West Virginia University, 1985-1998, Series 5: Employment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998-2010, Series 6: Courses, 1973-2004, and Series 7: Publications, 1972-2010.

Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at] illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 12/8/29
Created by: Isserman, Andrew M. (1947-2010)
Volume: 10.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 04/17/2015.
More information is available at https://files.archon.library.illinois.edu/uasfa/1208029.pdf
Arrangement:

Series 1: Career and Personal Documents, 1971-2010, consists of Isserman's early career and personal documents, including his doctoral dissertation and class materials, job applications and interviews, personal essays, and curriculum vitae; arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 2: Employment at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1973-1981, consists of Isserman's ASA/Census Project research and lecture notes, conference materials, employment and promotion records, and research reports from his employment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1973 to 1981; arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 3: Employment at University of Iowa, 1981-1985, consists of Isserman's national and international conference materials, employment and promotional records, lectures and talks, professional correspondence, and research from his employment at the University of Iowa from 1981 to 1985; arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 4: Employment at West Virginia University, 1985-1998, consists of Isserman's immigration and population projection research notes, international research projects, professional correspondence, national and international conference materials, employment and promotion records, and research reports from his employment at the West Virginia University from 1985 to 1998, arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 5: Employment at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998-2010, consists of Isserman's research on biotechnology, rural development, hogs and livestock, and industry organization, correspondence, national and international conference materials, employment and promotion records, and research reports from his employment at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1998 to 2010, arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 6: Courses, 1973-2007, consists of course outlines, lecture notes, handouts, and syllabi from the courses taught by Isserman. Organized alphabetically by course subject.

Series 7: Publications, 1972-2010, consists of books, journal articles, reports, conference proceedings, and reviews authored and co-authored by Andrew Isserman. Organized chronologically by date of publication, with undated publications at the beginning of series.

Biographical Note for Isserman, Andrew M. (1947-2010) :

ANDREW M. ISSERMAN (1947-2010)

Andrew M. Isserman (1947-2010), Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), is recognized for his research in demography, employment growth, public and state planning policy, Appalachian highway studies, and for his work in early international collaboration in urban and regional planning. Andrew Isserman was born June 28, 1947 in New York, New York, but grew up in American military posts in Germany and Austria. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Amherst College in 1968, and his Masters in Economics and Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and 1975. Throughout his career, Isserman has been employed by seven institutions including the University of Pennsylvania (1969-1972), Pennsylvania State University (1972-1973), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1973-1981 and 1998-2010), University of Southern California (1977-1978), The University of Iowa (1981-1985), The University of California-Berkeley (1991), and West Virginia University (1985-1998).

Isserman began his career at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 as a research fellow in economics and regional science, and started teaching economics in 1972. He was employed as a UIUC lecturer (1973-1975) and Assistant Professor (1975-1977) in Urban and Regional Planning, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California (1978), and Associate Professor (1977-1981) of Planning and Economics in the Urban and Regional Planning Department at UIUC. From 1981-1985 he worked as associate professor and professor of Planning, Geography, and Economics at the University of Iowa. In 1985, he transferred to Western Virginia University (WVU) and served as Director of the Regional Research Institute (1985-1987), Professor of Economics and Geography (1985-1998), and Interim Assistant Provost for International Programs (May 1996-January 1997). During this time, he was also a visiting professor of City and Regional Planning from December to January (1991) at the University of California-Berkeley and did consulting work for the International City/County Management Association in Poland (1995). Isserman returned to UIUC in 1998 as a Professor of Regional Economics, Planning, and Public Policy (1998-2010), and served as the Department Head of Agricultural and Consumer Economics from 2002 to 2004.

Isserman was a trailblazer for early international collaboration in the field of urban and regional planning. He attended many international planning conferences in Asia and Eastern Europe, and collaborated with his colleagues in Russia and Hungary before the Berlin Wall came down in the late 1980s. Issermanâ??s research focused on economic regional analysis, planning theory, microeconomic theory, state and local public finance, population and employment growth, regional impacts of federal programs and spending, and rural prosperity. He received many research grants including a grant from the US Department of Commerce to be the Principle Investigator on the â??Impacts of Foreign Immigration on Unemployment, Industrial Location, and Regional Growth, 1985-1991â?? Project, a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research to be the Principle Investigator of Measuring Suburban Need and Distress and the Treatment of Small Cities Under the Community Development Block Grant Program; and a grant from the National Science Foundation, 1987-92, for Quasi-Experimental Control Group Methods for Geographical Research.

Throughout his professional career, Andrew Isserman was engaged in a variety of professional organizations and received numerous awards for his research and service. He served as President of the Southern Regional Science Association (1991-1992), was Director of Research and Senior Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (1997-1998), and President of the American Regional Science Council in 2005. He is listed as one of the 50 faculty members with the most citations in urban and regional planning, and as one of the 100 all-time intellectual leaders of regional science. In addition to this, he was named Mellon Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, received the David Boyce Award for Service from the North American Regional Science Council (1990), John Whisman Appalachian Scholar from the Appalachian Regional Commission (1995-1996), and was awarded the Geography Excellence in Media Award from the National Council for Geographic Education (1996). Isserman has served as a referee and editor for numerous journals in his field including the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Education and Research, the Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, and was the founding editor of the International Regional Science Review (1976-1996).

Subject Index
Agricultural Economics
Consumer Economics
Faculty Papers
Planning Education
Regional Planning
Regional Science Association
Urban and Regional Planning Department
Acquisition Notes: Ellen Jacobsen Isserman and Noah Isserman