Nef was very successful in attracting talented and dedicated faculty to the Department of Chemistry. Among his first recruits was Julius Stieglitz. Stieglitz joined the University in 1892 as a docent, without salary but with the opportunity to give lectures, with a portion of each student's registration fee was diverted to provide financial assistance. Stieglitz came to be highly regarded as both a teacher and researcher. Edwin E. Slosson writes that Stieglitz was:
"one of those very rare individuals who have an equal mastery of the laboratory and of the lecture room, and who are able to direct research and elementary students at the same time without neglecting either."
Photo of Julius Stieglitz
From the Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library. Available at: http://photoarchive.lib.uchicago.edu/. Identifier: apf1-07953