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John (Jody) Kretzmann

John Kretzmann Adjunct Faculty, SESP Undergraduate Program

Annenberg Hall
Room 147
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 491-8744

John Kretzmann (Jody) is co-founder and co-director of the Asset- Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. The ABCD Institute works with community building leaders across North America as well as on five other continents to conduct research, produce materials and otherwise support community-based efforts to rediscover local capacities and to mobilize citizens’ resources to solve problems. The Institute continues to build on the stories and strategies for successful community building reported in his popular book Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets, written with longtime colleague John McKnight.

A much-traveled speaker and trainer, Kretzmann brings more than four decades of community-based work and study to his current position. Before founding the ABCD Institute, he worked as a community organizer and community development leader in Chicago neighborhoods, and as a consultant to a wide range of neighborhood groups. He has worked to develop community-friendly policies in the city, and at the regional, state, national and international levels. In addition to his work at Northwestern, he has taught about community development and public policy with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Studies Program (which he co-founded), Valparaiso University, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormack Seminary. He serves on a wide range of civic, community and foundation boards. His BA is from Princeton University (magna cum laude), his master's degree is from the University of Virginia, and his PhD (in sociology and urban affairs) is from Northwestern University.

Year Degree Institution
BA Princeton University
MA University of Virginia
PhD, Sociology and Urban Affairs Norrthwestern University

ABCD Institute

Research Interests
Community development, asset building in communities.

MS_ED 499 Independent Study Consent of MSEd program director required. Forms requesting independent studies or internships are available for download.
SESP 202 Community Development Historical and contemporary community building efforts, focusing on Chicago's neighborhoods.  Community development strategies: the settlement house, community organizing, and community economic development.
Teach Ed 304 Schooling & Communities The goal of this course is to prepare prospective teachers and others interested in community-based education initiatives to interact meaningfully with community organizations that engage young people. Teaching andlearning occurs throughout adolescents lives; often we can learn about effective teaching by looking outside of schools before we investigate pedagogy within classrooms. An on-site field experience,readings, and guest speakers will enrich this course as participants explore community organizations, structures for working with schools and teachers, and teaching in nontraditional settings. Action research methods - including observation/field notes, interviewing, and artifact analysis - as means to understanding how schools work and how theory and practice relate. Includes 40 hours of field experience. Students seeking certification must take the Illinois Basic Skills Test before the end of the quarter of enrollment in TEACH ED 304.
SESP 351 SESP Topics: Human Rights, Advocacy, and Action In this course, we will study issues and dilemmas in the area of human rights, including torture, war, genocide, immigration, trafficking, humanitarian assistance, as well as the global involvement of the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (e.g., Amnesty). We will take an interdisciplinary approach, focusing particularly on the role of psychological constructs such as prejudice, obedience to authority, altruism, and community research and action. This knowledge will help in our actual use of grassroots strategies to bring about policy change. As individuals, subgroups, and an overall team, we will attempt to get the US to ratify three conventions of the United Nations: on the elimination of discrimination against women, on the rights of the child, and on the rights of persons with disabilities. We will use various methods to build partnerships, communicate to broader sets of stakeholders, and document/evaluate our social change efforts.

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