Program Co-Coordinator: Alexios Rosario-Moore, PhD
Alexios Rosario-Moore is a clinical associate professor of educational policy studies and the co-coordinator of the MEd in Urban Higher Education. His research focuses on racial and socioeconomic equity in secondary and post-secondary education through an integrated analysis of federal and state policy, organizational theory, and decision-making among school leaders, parents, and students. Alexios has held leadership roles in dual-enrollment programs in New York and in New Orleans where he founded a college bridge program for opportunity youth. Since moving to Chicago, he has participated in local policy initiatives related to racial equity in school leadership, school facilities planning, and school funding.
Program Co-Coordinator: Celina Sima, PhD
Celina M. Sima (PhD, Northwestern University) is Visiting Associate Professor in Educational Policy Studies and Program Coordinator for the MEd in Urban Higher Education. Dr. Sima has held leadership roles in academic affairs, student affairs, and administrative services at the college and university levels. Dr. Sima’s institutional research is on higher education policy and planning and includes the examination of academic advising, minority student retention and success, general education in the undergraduate curriculum, evaluation of mechanisms for the improvement of undergraduate student transfer and faculty retention strategies. Dr. Sima has taught research designs for policy, public sector strategic planning, organization and administration of higher education, history of higher education and student development theory and has taught in the College of Education’s Urban Education Leadership program.
Stephanie Estrada is the Senior Associate Director of the UIC Office of Institutional Research. She oversees the team that is responsible for creating and maintaining student data files, systems, and reporting tools to meet official data requirements of OIR and producing federal and state level institutional reports such as IPEDS and IBHE and other requests for official data. Prior to joining UIC in 2013, Stephanie worked as an independent data consultant, a researcher at the University of Chicago, and a senior business consultant in health insurance, customer service, and technology industries. She earned her M.S. in Public Administration from DePaul University and B.A. in Business from Truman State University.
Bill Hayward is the Director of the UIC Office of Institutional Research and oversees the work of the office. Bill has thirty years of experience in institutional research and as a higher educational consultant. He spent a total of twenty-five years in the Institutional Research Office at Northwestern University, first as an analyst, and then fifteen years as the director. He also spent five years as a higher education consultant, serving as the Vice-President of the higher education research practice at Slover Linett (a Chicago-based firm) and then as the Director of Constituent Research at the Huron Consulting Group. Bill earned an M.Ed. in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from UIC and an M.S. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin.
Mark Martell, PhD
Mark R. Martell (PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago) is adjunct faculty in Educational Policy Studies, Faculty Fellow in the UIC Honors College, and Affiliated Faculty at the UIC Global Asian Studies Program. He became the director of the UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center in January 2015. Mark’s doctoral research explored the racialized experiences of UIC Asian American students and the effects on their student success. Mark is also co-principal investigator for the UIC Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Initiative, where he assists in facilitating grant programs and assists in teaching Asian American courses. He also teaches Asian Americans in Pop Culture, Superheroes and Cultural Mythology, and Comics & Society at the UIC Honors College. Mark has served as Co-Chair for the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans and has served various campus organizations including AARCC’s Advisory Board. In addition to participating in a number of Chicago’s Asian American, LGBTQ, and theatre organizations, Mark has taught at Harold Washington College and for the UIC College of Education and Asian American Studies.
Everett Smith, PhD
Everett Smith (PhD, University of Connecticut) is Professor of Educational Psychology and coordinator of the online Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics and Assessment Program (MESA) program and the online Educational Research Methodology (ERM) certificate. He specializes in psychometrics, specifically Rasch measurement, and his research interests and expertise include test and rating scale design and analysis for the measurement of latent constructs and testing model robustness. Dr. Smith studies applications of Rasch measurement in the social, behavioral, health, rehabilitation, and medical sciences for both criterion and norm-reference assessments. Among these applications include studies of dimensionality, DIF, cross-cultural equivalence, equating, item banking, rating scale optimization and standard setting. He also serves as the associate editor for the Journal of Applied Measurement, and is on the editorial board of Educational and Psychological Measurement.
Benjamin Superfine, PhD
Benjamin Superfine (JD, PhD, University of Michigan) is a Professor and Department Chair of the Educational Policy Studies department and teaches classes for PhD, EdD, and MEd students in the Educational Organization and Leadership and Urban Education Leadership programs. Dr. Superfine’s research focuses on the history of education law and policy, school finance reform, standards-based reform and accountability, and teacher evaluation. His research is interdisciplinary and addresses educational issues through the lenses of law, history, and social science. He teaches classes on the history, development, implementation, and analysis of education policy, in addition to the foundations of education research. Dr. Superfine is also the founder and Director of the Research on Urban Education Policy Initiative (RUEPI). RUEPI is a project at the UIC College of Education that is aimed at fostering more informed dialogue and decision-making about education policy in Chicago and other urban areas.
Marc VanOverbeke, PhD
Marc VanOverbeke (PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison) is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the UIC College of Education. His professional training and research focus on the history of higher education. In particular, he has addressed the connections between higher education and secondary education and the ways in which the two educational levels have worked together, competed with each other, and influenced and shaped each other. While his methodological focus is history, Dr. VanOverbeke also explores the policy implications that arise from this historical perspective. He is a corresponding editorial board member for the History of Education Quarterly (UK), and is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE).