Dr. Charles "Chuck" Gallmeier, of Gary, was appointed Jan. 1 an Indiana University Northwest Chancellor’s Professor, a special academic title conferred on professors designated as advisors to the chancellor.
Gallmeier was chosen for his demonstration of excellence in research, teaching and service throughout his academic career.
“Chuck’s career and commitment to IU Northwest clearly place him in the exclusive company that the titled rank of Chancellor’s Professor defines, and set a challenging standard for future nominees,” Chancellor William J. Lowe said.
Gallmeier has taught at IUN for more than 20 years, and currently instructs sociology.
“I am a first-generation college graduate and am a product of the IU Regional Campus system, and when I look at my class I can’t help but see me,” Gallmeier said.
“IU Northwest is a diverse urban campus with a large number of first-generation college students. Regional campuses like IU Northwest help make dreams come true and I really enjoy playing a role in helping our students make their dreams come true.”
Gallmeier is a 1976 graduate of Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, and attended the University of California, San Diego for his master's and doctorate in sociology.
During his career, Gallmeier has studied inner city neighborhoods as part of a drug prevention program, with his work appearing in the Journal of Drug Issues and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.
Gallmeier was also published in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues for his work with a professional hockey team.
“Currently, my colleague, Professor Stephanie Shanks-Meile, and I are engaged in an ethnographic study of a subculture called ‘Gravers’,” he said.
“These are men and women from a variety of backgrounds who religiously attend the 'death days' of dead celebrity icons such as Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse, and many more.”
“It is quite fascinating and provides a new meeting of the sociological concepts as communities, subcultures, etc.,” he added.
Gallmeier and Shanks-Meile were recently published in the Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences for their Gravers subculture research.