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Ray Legler


Assistant Professor

Programs/Classes Taught:

MA:   Advanced Developmental and Cognitive Psychology
         Organizational Leadership
         Research Methods
         Social Psychology
PhD:  Urban Politics
          Program Evaluation
          Principles of Consultation in the Community
          Survey Design and SPSS


Areas of Expertise:

community psychology, urban poverty, youth development, education policy, program evaluation, school-community partnerships


Before coming to NLU, Dr. Legler worked at non-profit organizations in the Chicago area for 15 years, focusing on school/community partnerships, academic achievement gaps, program evaluations, and after-school programs.


  • PhD., Community Psychology, Michigan State University
  • BA, Psychology, University of Illinois - Urbana

Research and Interests:

Dr. Legler’s current professional interests focus on the need to build connections between the education system, the business community, and others to support the transition from high school to post-secondary education or training for students living in low-income communities. Most recently, this involved the implementation of a pilot project called Pathways to Success, which worked to build connections between schools and businesses in collaboration with the Bronzeville Community Action Council, King College Preparatory High School, Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, and Phillips High School. The overall goal of the project was to help young people pursue skills that they need to compete in our economy, obtain sustainable employment, and escape or avoid poverty. A significant part of the project included visits by groups of students to local colleges including NLU, as well as trips to Chicago-based businesses such as Deloitte Consulting and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), to engage in conversations with college students and business professionals about post-secondary options and opportunities.

Contact Information:



    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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