Emeritus Professor Lew Hopkins is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and received the 2007 ACSP Distinguished Educator Award. He was head of the department from 1984 to 1997, chaired the Planning Accreditation Board, and was editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research. In 1997-98, he was a Fulbright scholar in Nepal. He currently serves on the Urbana Planning Commission
Lew taught planning theory, planning analysis, and planning workshops.